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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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Acceptance and Dropping the Agenda

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 14, 2014 /

If you find yourself in the midst of a conflict between what you had expected/planned and what is actually happening, you might be feeling pretty miserable.  The quickest way to feel better is to find acceptance of what is already here and give up the struggle.  Here is an example of what I mean:  …

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My Favorite Mindfulness Master

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / June 29, 2014 /

I am just returning from a short retreat with my favorite mindfulness master. Every eight weeks or so, I travel  to spend time with this ancient and wise being, immersing myself in the calm, understated energy that emanates from him. I let go of my life’s agendas and practice just being, opening up to whatever is…

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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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Did you really get that?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / January 1, 2014 /

My son got married last month and I had a front row seat.  As I sat there taking it all in, my ex-husband had his smart phone out and took pictures throughout the ceremony.  I found myself wondering how much of the wedding he was actually experiencing. Taking photos of every big and small life…

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Can you be your own best friend?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / November 23, 2013 /

While driving the other day, I saw a sign that read, “Friends have a finger on your faults, they just don’t rub it in.”  This got me thinking about the epidemic of self-criticism that I see in my students, the people I see in my clinical mental health practice and, yes, myself. Often, our automatic response to…

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Mindfulness for cancer, chronic illness and pain

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 11, 2013 /

To learn how Mindfulness is helpful in cancer care, chronic illness and pain, watch my recent video:  

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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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My Awe-full Christmas

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / January 1, 2013 /

It could have been an awful Christmas.  It was the first since my mom died and the first spent without my children.  I had little money to spend on gifts and assumed I would get none.  I had been feeling the heavy sorrow of all the tragedy and heartbreak of the past several weeks and…

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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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