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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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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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