Mindful Moment: Listen to A Song

Mindful Moment: Listen to A Song

The other day I was feeling frazzled emotionally. A lot of things had been adding up, and while at that moment I was taking a nice leisurely walk, I couldn't get my mental "chatter" to slow down. I was struggling to be present and unable to enjoy the moment. 

So I found a bench and watched the sun, how it shone through the leaves casting a beautiful moving shadow on the ground below. I was listening to a playlist from a friend on shuffle, and a song came up that I had heard a few times but never really listened to before. So for the next 3 1/2 minutes, I listened. I watched the invisible breeze moving the leaves and listened to every word and chord that came through my headphones.

For those few minutes I was present with something beyond my own racing thoughts. No other expectations or should's or tasks mattered. It felt like hitting a reset button in my mind...

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Meditation Event at Grant Park - May 21st

Meditation Event at Grant Park - May 21st

WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 6:30 - 7:45 pm

WHERE: Grant Park Recreation Center

We’ll meet to enjoy a leisurely walk through the park together and discuss the benefits and myths of meditative practice. The 30 minute meditation will include a chance to appreciate the beautiful setting and a guided meditation focusing on self-compassion.

This event is designed with beginners in mind but is open to all! Come as you are, leave refreshed!

In order to maintain the integrity of this event, spots are limited so that all can hear the guided meditation. You must register for a "ticket" in advance to reserve your spot.

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Self-Compassion versus Self-Esteem

Self-Compassion versus Self-Esteem

There's a huge difference. Self-esteem is often about the need to create positive feelings about yourself by comparing yourself to others or depending on your accomplishments to make you feel "good enough." Self-compassion is about seeing yourself as you are: a flawed human being who deserves compassion even (and especially) when you make mistakes or experience suffering. Check out the video for more...

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