Archive for September, 2012

September 21, 2012

Mindful Bodies: The Penis Files [Video]

by mandy lipka

Often the first connection with mindfulness is that with our bodies. It starts with breathing and then moves to all of our precious parts. As we’ve seen in the media ad nauseam in the last year and beyond, there are precious lady parts being violated in a land that proclaims to be free.

Many of us women with empowered lady parts share our rage and educational information via social networks in hopes of banding together to conquer this inequality for the youngsters who will carry on after us. One of my favorite Vs-in-Crime is comedy writer, feminist and activist, Katie Schwartz. I first fell in love with Katie after reading (and nearly dying of laughter) her incredible heart-warmingly truthful post about entering womanhood, a post which should be wallpapered across every middle school and high school hallway in America.

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September 18, 2012

Tips for Mindful Working

by mandy lipka

In Wildmind’s latest newsletter, Kulananda shares Michael Chaskalson’s top tips for mindful working. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • If you walk to the bus stop, Tube or train station, turn off your phone. Feel your feet on the ground and the movement in your legs and hips. Notice how you’re breathing.
  • As you sit at your desk or workstation, take a few moments from time to time to tune in to your body sensations. Notice any tension that might be there and breathe into it – softening and easing.
  • Find ways of setting up mindfulness cues in your workspace. Perhaps when your phone rings you could use that as an opportunity to check in with your breathing.
  • Use your journey home as a way of making a transition. Walk or drive mindfully. Take your time.

For all 10 tips, check out the original post on Wildmind. Have more tips? Share below!

September 11, 2012

We Remember

by mandy lipka

A mindful moment in honor of the day that changed our worlds.

Sitting in World History next to one of my best friends, I watched NYC Skyline in awe as my field hockey coach turned on the TV just in time for us to witness the second tower. Pretty sure Kurt solidified his future with Marines in that instant. The shock, confusion, empathy, and pain were heavy on us all.

But what I truly will never forget is my first visit back to the towers while looking at colleges. Mom, Lauren and I stood watching the cleanup, reading the notes, smelling the flowers along the outskirts of the hole in our hearts. Just then, I noticed a little girl, not more than 4 years old, look up to her mother and say in the most incredible little voice, “Mommy, I miss daddy.”