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It is your responsibility to take care of your body.

Unfortunately, the self-controlling way in which you have been going about is all wrong.

Controlling, denying, and fighting with your body is not only exhausting, it is a losing proposition.

Yet so many people are trapped in a pattern of arguing with and criticizing their body, hoping that one day all the complaining and berating will actually make a difference.

It never does.

So why do we keep repeating the same unhelpful mistakes?

Because there is one truth that we all forget:

We are not in control of our body.

The gift of mindfulness is that it can take many shapes. The curse is that it can become stripped of context, put into an unsupportive environment, and used for profits over people.

These three mistakes can turn a well-intentioned corporate mindfulness program into a vehicle that actually undermines the very health and happiness of the employees it was meant to serve.

Mistake 1) Your Work Only Offers Drop-in Meditations

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We all have a gap between where we are now and where we want to be — This is the gap of continuous personal growth.

You might find this gap scary, exhilarating, or overwhelming.

Most likely, it’s all of the above.

Are You Living Up To Your Potential?

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I am not a historian or social scientist. Nor do I have any fancy research to back up my arguments. But something interesting is happening that I’ve never seen before: White people are having lengthy conversations about race and racism.

When I look around at ‘White America’* (a phrase I’ll use to refer to those who benefit from the white racial status quo and the economic and institutional privileges it incurs), the awareness of race and racism has exploded into the white consciousness.

It is one part encouraging, and many parts long overdue.

The outcry at racial injustice and the…

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You’ve entered a pressure cooker. With COVID-19, everything about life at home is magnified — your good eating habits and your crappy ones.

  • You may see yourself using food as an escape, a reward, or a stress-relief tool.
  • You may see patterns of emotional eating or restricting yourself.
  • You may find yourself over-eating, under-eating, or just not knowing what to eat.

Your relationship with food will often mirror your relationship to life.

And let’s face it, life right now is strange and stressful. It’s natural, your eating will be too.

Stop punishing yourself for what you ate or didn’t eat…

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Whether it’s on Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts, your work, play, and social life have been relegated to virtual meeting rooms.

These technologies are amazing, but they also can be exhausting.

There’s a semblance of social connection with an underbelly of mind and body disconnection. You may be able to trick your mind into thinking it’s getting an authentic experience of being with someone, but your body knows the truth.

Seeing someone doesn’t equate to being with someone.

Without their physical presence, there’s always something lacking. …

Working from home. Socializing from home. Exercising from home.

Everything from home!

This is our current reality.

All has changed. But not all is lost.

It’s time to adapt. Here are three work from home guidelines to keep in mind as you’re creating your new normal.

As Bruce Lee said, take what is useful, adapt what you can, and discard the rest.

Work From Home Guideline #1: Give Yourself Some Grace

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If you’re experiencing a lot of stress, anxiety, and fear from dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, you’re not alone.

It’s easy to freak out and get overwhelmed. The endless unknowns and rising state of fear make it very easy to contract into anxiety and panic.

However, staying in a state of fear only compromises your health and your ability to make sensible and smart decisions.

Unprecedented stress calls for unprecedented self-care.

To help you take care of yourself in the middle of coronavirus stress, here’s a guided practice to get you started:

Try this practice at home as…

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After days of silent meditation, mindful walks, and a temporary suspension of regular routine, I found some clarity on issues that had been nagging my soul.

These “spiritual truths” are parts of life that I have known for a while, but struggled to accept. I needed the spaciousness of a Harvard retreat to complete the pilgrimage from my heart, to my head, and back into my body to allow these insights to blossom.

I share with you these four spiritual truths, not as absolutes, but as an ongoing investigation in what it means to be human.

They are formed from…

Don’t let the momentum of your busy schedule rob you of the opportunity to improve your health. Try this visualization exercise to understand why everyday lifestyle choices affect your physical fitness. And most importantly, what you can do about it.

Here’s how to start.

  • Now imagine yourself sitting in this same place exactly one year from now.
  • Take a deep breath and let the last 365 days sink in. Imagine all the experiences and new knowledge you’ve gained over the course of a year.
  • Now ask yourself, “What I am most afraid will be the same a year from now?”

The Pain of Not Changing Needs to Be Intolerable to Get You To Move

Jeffrey Siegel

Integrating science, spirituality, and sincerity for health that matters.

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