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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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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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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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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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The State of Mindfulness

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / May 7, 2015 /

(I was recently interviewed by Adrienne Roberts of Hour Detroit for an article in the 2015 Health Guide. I invite you to read the resulting story, reprinted from its original publication on April 30, 2015.  Here is a link to the online version of the article below.  I’d love to hear what you think!) A mindfulness practice…

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Meditation and Mindfulness Benefits

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / March 25, 2015 /

Dan Harris, who wrote “10% Happier” gives such a clear explanation of the benefits of meditation and how to practice mindfulness, that I wanted to share it with you here.  Even though many of us think that we don’t have time to practice, he asserts that even 5-10 minutes a day can make a big…

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Mindfulness for the holidays

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / December 19, 2014 /

The one thing you can always count on during the holiday season is that there will be plenty of opportunities to observe your stress reactions and practice mindfulness.  Our overly busy schedules become fuller, we burn the candle at both ends to try to keep up with it all, our normal routines are disrupted and…

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We pause now, for this important message…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / February 28, 2014 /

All it takes to turn “nowhere” into “now here” is a pause. It may seem an inconsequential change, and I’d like to suggest it is anything but.  The simple act of pausing can turn an ordinary, unconscious moment into the moment of a lifetime. By inserting a break in the action, we can radically change…

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Got Anxiety? Try this…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / March 8, 2013 /

It seems that everywhere I look, I see signs of anxiety.  The yoga student who drums her fingers on the floor during savasana…the colleague who complains that he can’t sleep…the client who is afraid to go out of his house…the business woman who has chronic neck and back pain…the teen who reports a stomach ache…

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Mindfulness – It's as simple as that

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 12, 2012 /

“I just can’t empty my mind—the harder I try, the busier it gets!” This is a common concern for people beginning to practice mindfulness.  They think that when they sit down to meditate, they should be able to wipe the slate of their mind clean, and thus become relaxed and calm.  They imagine not having…

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