How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

*Article originated from Harvard Business Review It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – and your body therefore ramps up for a fight by triggering the sympathetic nervous system. This is a natural response, but the problem is that our bodies and minds aren’t particularly good at discerning between the threats presented by not getting your way on the project plan and, say, being chased down by a bear. Your heart rate and breathing rate

Mindfulness in Schools Can Provide a Lifeline for Teens

Stress, anxiety, drugs, murder, suicide—and teens. It’s the stuff of front-page news, viral YouTube videos, and TV dramas. Yet for Fiona Jensen in Cotuit, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, it hit way too close to home. “What’s going on with these teenagers? They’re constantly in crisis mode—reacting, not responding.” Jensen certainly didn’t need to read the latest study about the impact of stress on teens: her daughter and her friends were a living, breathing testament to it. It was December 2008, and Jensen and her 16-year-old daughter had just returned from the funeral of a high-school friend who had been murdered during an alleged drug-related incident. Of the group seated in Jensen’s kitchen a

5 Ways Yoga Benefits Your Mental Health

Yoga is the key to psychological and emotional healing as well as resolving issues with self-confidence, relationships, and more. (...) 1. It moves you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, or from flight-or-flight to rest-and-digest. You typically have less anxiety and enter a more relaxed state. As soon as you start breathing deeply, you slow down out of fight or flight and calm your nervous system. 2. It helps you build your sense of self. Through yoga, you get to know yourself and cultivate a more nonjudgmental relationship with yourself. You are building self-trust. (...) When you get more confident and become more rooted in your sense of self and yo

Zen Story - Carrying The Woman

The woman can take on many forms in our life. Whether is mistakes we've made, pride, or something we have no control of, it's time to put it down. *Pciture from Tsai, Chih-Chung, et al. Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness. Anchor, 1994. #Zen #Dwelling

Mindfulness For A Busy Mind - Part 1

My wife is a mental health profession and has been asking me to practice mindfulness for years. I’ve always resisted the idea because I never was really stressed or anxious and I know (and am somewhat proud) that my mind is extremely busy. That is until I started noticing a genuine difference the practice has made in her life. Things, like she's always the one to notice interesting things during our hiking trips; she has a more meaningful relationship with her encounters. I thought, why not give it a try and make my wife happy and to stop her nagging me. A few months later, I’m no Zen master and I still have a very busy mind, but I’m more productive; I feel more present at work and home;

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