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Put down your phone!

By Awakening Health | August 2, 2019 |

(I apologize in advance if you find this post a bit preachy. This experience had a huge impact on me.) I went for a walk a few weeks ago. It was one of the slightly warmer and sunnier weekend afternoons after a very cloudy, wet and cool spring. I felt so grateful to be out…

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Slow It Down

By Awakening Health | November 30, 2018 |

This time of year, everything seems to get more intense. More things to do, more places to be, more people to deal with. As we pack more and more into our already full everyday lives, the pressure builds. At some point, we may find ourselves impatient, short tempered and exhausted. Life is whizzing by so…

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How do you Make Time to Meditate?

By Awakening Health | August 7, 2018 |

People often tell me that they don’t have time to meditate. (Of course, I believe they don’t have time not to meditate!) I thought I’d share one young mother’s solution to this dilemma in the hope that it might inspire you. Here is her story, which came to me in an email under the subject…

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Finding calmness in challenging times

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | November 30, 2017 |

You can access calmness any time you choose.  I realize this is a pretty bold statement considering how challenging our lives, inner and outer, and our world are right now.  Yet it is true and not only can you do it, you can learn to sustain it.  You don’t need any classes (although an MBSR…

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Power, pleasure and presence

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | August 14, 2017 |

If there is anything I have learned over the past 9 months, it is that there is power and pleasure in presence.  No matter how unpleasant the current situation is.  Let me explain… Last December I had an accident that tore most of my hamstring muscle from my pelvis.  This is a large group of…

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Feeling Frustrated? Try this…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | February 16, 2017 |

Have you been feeling frustrated lately?  See if this sounds familiar: Things aren’t going according to your plans and you don’t like it.  Your head feels like it is going to explode.  Your shoulders are tight and your belly is clenched.  You want to act out in a not very nice way, and it doesn’t matter towards whom.  Even…

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Managing Emotions in the Heat of the Moment

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | November 28, 2016 |

The holidays give us plenty of chances to work with difficult emotions.  In the heat of the moment, we may believe we have few options of what to do.  If we can catch ourselves, we might realize we are stuck because we are trying to answer the wrong questions. Someone said something to me a while…

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6 Strategies for Managing Stress in Challenging Times

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | August 15, 2016 |

I’ve been in a bit of a funk these past months.  Significant stress within the family and at work have  increased demands on my time and energy.  Summertime brings many positive stressors, yet these, too, can add to the load.  So I feel tired frequently and am having a hard time getting anything done. Many of us go through stressful times-it…

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How cleaning the kitchen can change your life

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | February 16, 2016 |

Change your life?  Sounds crazy, huh?  Stick with me, this will make sense, I promise. Some recent work in my kitchen required that I empty out the cupboards and move the table and chairs out of the room.  Afterwards, everything was dirty and dusty so I set about cleaning and putting things away. As I…

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Meditation on "a good life"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 | August 16, 2015 |

I was talking with a woman who stopped by the Stress Less group I run at a local retirement community.  When I asked her how she was doing, she replied, “Not good.”  She went on to explain that she was in a great deal of pain, due to the fact that she had lost over…

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