Wellness

Finding calmness in challenging times

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / November 30, 2017 / 0 Comments

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 / 3 Comments

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 / 1 Comment

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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How cleaning the kitchen can change your life

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / February 16, 2016 / 2 Comments

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 / 2 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

(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 / 0 Comments

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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Acceptance and Dropping the Agenda

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / September 14, 2014 / 1 Comment

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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We pause now, for this important message…

By Linda Oxford, MS, MA, LPC, RYT500 / February 28, 2014 / 0 Comments

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 / 5 Comments

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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