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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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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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"Just breathe, Mom"

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / December 13, 2010 /

The winter holidays can be a pretty stressful time.  We see family and friends in greater numbers and frequency.  Our normal routines are disrupted as we try to fit in as many holiday activities as we can.  Many of us feel a sense of time urgency as we struggle to get it all “done” before…

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Want to feel good? Practice Yoga!

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / August 23, 2010 /

I remember when I first started to do yoga – I didn’t really know what I was doing and I felt clumsy doing it.  I was in a period of my life where I was desperately unhappy and I didn’t know why. Yet when I was done with the yoga class, I felt really good. …

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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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Is stress making you sick?

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / November 2, 2009 /

Have you ever wondered what it is about being stressed that makes you feel sick? In the classes I teach, we talk about how the events of our lives and the way we think about them can unleash a torrent of stress hormones and throw our bodies into disequilibrium. When this imbalance becomes chronic, we…

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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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