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Mindfulness

Thank you for the aches and pains…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / March 19, 2012 /

I have been feeling very tired and depleted lately.  My back has been crabby and my right foot hurts.  I was noticing all this the other day, and feeling very angry at my body.  Then a thought appeared in my mind…what if my body was doing exactly what it was supposed to be doing to…

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Stress relief in the blueberry patch

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 31, 2011 /

I just got back from picking blueberries.  In addition to being a great food with lots of nutritional value, I found the act of picking the berries to be very relaxing! I always feel good when I spend time outdoors, in the fresh air, the breeze and the sun.  As I picked, I found myself…

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The sky is falling! (or is it?)

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / April 6, 2011 /

It has been quite a winter here.  We had “Snow-mageddon,” “Snow-mageddon II” and a huge ice storm.  Our days were filled with dire weather alerts, scary traffic updates, school closings and eye-witness reports.  Piled on top of the terrible economic conditions, horrific stories of wars and natural disasters, is it any wonder that many of…

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Don't just do something, sit there!

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / January 9, 2011 /

I’ve been thinking a lot about attachment.  I get so used to how things are that I find myself fighting change, even though I know everything is temporary. Last year, I was doing work that I was good at and paid well.  It wasn’t anything I wanted to do permanently, but it was helping to…

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The Woods and Wellness

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 22, 2010 /

Do you have a special spot where you feel more connected to yourself and the world around you, present in a timeless sort of way? For me, it is in the forest. There are woods near both my house and the family summer cottage on Torch Lake. I go there to commune with nature and…

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Who's Driving the Bus?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / March 14, 2010 /

I don’t know about you, but from time to time I realize that my life is driving me, that I am not in the driver’s seat. When I start feeling overwhelmed with too many things to do and I don’t feel like doing any of them, when I can’t get “enough” done each day and…

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Letter from an MBSR Student

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / December 28, 2009 /

This month, I am featuring a letter written by one of my prior students. Written to a dear friend, she shares her impressions of the 8-week MBSR class and describes her experiences in a way that I never could. I hope you will enjoy her letter, and that it inspires you take the class. The…

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What is your ratio?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 8, 2009 /

I just finished reading “The Science of Happiness-Barbara Fredrickson On Cultivating Positive Emotions” by Angela Winter. This interview was published in one of my favorite magazines, The Sun, back in May (ok, I’m a bit behind in my reading) and it really hit home for me. Ms. Fredrickson’s thesis is that if we can cultivate…

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Building strong roots for mental health

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / May 27, 2009 /

I have a cottage on a lake in northern Michigan, surrounded by old and mighty trees. They persevere through the most ferocious blizzards and thunderstorms that come up out of the west. Yet each spring, I find trees that have fallen towards the west, by winds that have come from the east. After some contemplation,…

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Don't believe everything you think!

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / May 6, 2009 /

How often do you examine your thoughts? Are you even aware that you are thinking most of the time? Most of us are not. And this opens the door for your thoughts to run your life, rather than you. “We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts,…

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