Author Archive | denise.e

Stepping Away, Hearing More

I sneak upstairs and retreat for a few minutes of meditation. Yesterday I chased my breath – the cool intake lost as it disappears again and again in the hot cauldron of my belly. Every cool breath burns up and Read More

New Month, New Challenge

For the month of January, I completed the 10% Happier meditation challenge. That particular challenge worked well for me because the goal was to sit 15 days in the month— I appreciated the wiggle room for error and met that Read More

Things take the time they take…

As I was washing dishes this morning and listening to the meditation, I discovered that I was a little agitated as I scrubbed a particularly dirty pan. I didn’t want to take the time to scrub it; I wanted the Read More

Days 9, 10, 11

It has been trickier to keep up with blogging this week because the types of meditation and times of day that I have been doing them have been different. Although blogging has been more difficult to keep up with, the Read More

Day 8

When I tried to do this challenge last year, this second week was where things fell apart for me. Carving out time during the day to integrate these mindful practices can be challenging when you have a family at home Read More

Showing Up

Today was one of those days where it was all about showing up to do the work. Nothing particularly exciting or difficult happened during today’s challenge. I’m finding that I wake up wanting to make the time and space for Read More

Magic Moments – in Schools

Over the last couple of years, the school district I worked for started encouraging teachers to integrate mindfulness exercises into the school day. We were given a slim book about SEL practices and occasionally consultants would breeze in to share Read More

Embracing Imperfection

It is hard to begin a challenge and immediately struggle with completing it. In the past, these last two days would have been it for me. I would have been discouraged that I was already off track and given up.  Read More

Magic Moments

Before beginning today’s meditation, I pulled out my paperback copy of Real Happiness to do a little rereading. I was immediately struck by a passage about distraction that I underlined the last time I read this book: “The moment you realize you’ve Read More