mindfulness

My Big Slow Down

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Ever feel like life is going too fast? There’s too much to do? Not enough time?

Me too.

But I realize it’s all a matter of perception… and the choices I make.

I choose what to do. I can do less. And time? I choose what to do with that too.

There’s plenty of time for what’s important. And what happens when I’m less stretched and more present? Timelessness.

My four-year book project went into…

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Ever Feel Hopelessly Behind?

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Are you like me—always behind, never quite there? Deadlines looming. Elated to make them (when I do). But feeling constantly pressured, and time-deficient?

Hmmm… Pondering this a lot lately. Because, you know, it gets overwhelming.

Realization: I’m in charge. I’m my own boss. I set all my own deadlines.

First thought about that: how lucky I am!

Next thought: why do I do that to myself? The only…

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Letting Winter Blow My Mind… a Tale of Awe

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How I Discovered Awe In the Depths of Winter

Winter has finally arrived in the Midwest… Our unseasonably warm and dry autumn rolled into the solstice while I was still wearing shorts and clinging to my fantasy that winter would not come this year (oh my, what a beautiful fantasy!).

The single and negative digit temperature shocked me—really shocked me! Blowing my sweet fantasy out of the…

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Learning to Practice “Slow”

presence, mindfulness, practice slow, miracles, empower yourself, karyn shanks md

Dear One,

Oh my God, I’m so impatient! Can you relate?

I’m not gunna lie, I want it now. I want to see the results. Now. I want to feel the transformation. Now.

I want to get there fast. And I want the world to keep up with my brain and my intentions.

About ten years ago I received two speeding tickets in rapid succession within a mile from my home. Within a mile!

One was on my way to work. My…

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Jealous: The Heart’s Quest for Belonging

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Jealous–we ALL know the sting of it and have been smacked down by the shame of it, but it’s really a normal part of being humans who thrive on connection. In this article I demystify jealousy, look at it’s purposeful role in our lives (yep, you heard me right), and remove the burden of shame and indignity that always seems to go with it.

Jealous: We All Know it Well

Two recent conversations…

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Forgiveness: Essential Power Tool for Health Resilience

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For me, forgiveness has been one of those life lessons–and practices–that has had mind-bending and life altering payoffs. I’ve learned the hard way that holding onto past hurts and trauma consumes precious energy and mind power.

Clinging to anger and resentment is an energy suck that drives stress—the smoldering kind of stress that hangs on and leaves decay and destruction in its path. That…

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Practice is a Superpower

karyn shanks md, functional medicine, the power of practice, neuroplasticity, neural networks, self-empowerment, empowerment, self-care, wellness, enlightenment,

Fact is, we’re always practicing something… we might as well be intentional about it.

“What nine months of attention does for an embryo, forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness.”                                                                                                                                …

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The Curious Science of Embodiment

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Relieve Anxiety by Zipping In, Not Out

What to do with the gnawing discomfort and prickly, excessive energy of anxiety? My go-to strategies are walks, hard work outs, doing chores, writing, weed pulling, filling the bird feeders… something to engage my body and my whole attention to the task.

This strategy of getting into my body is curiously calming and soothing, and often steers me toward…

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We Care. We Hope. We Heal.

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We Care. We Hope. We Heal. A Manifesto to a Healing Life.

We Care.

First, we care for ourselves, with great reverence. We believe in our higher selves and embrace our soul’s vast potential through care of our whole selves: body, mind, and spirit. We become strong. We become whole.

Then we care for others: our families, our communities, and our world. We reach out from our strength and wholeness…

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So You Want to Save the World? Start With Yourself

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Making this world a better place starts with each of us–with how we care for ourselves.

Many of us feel the immediacy of the need to save our world and our planet. We want to be part of the change, of the resistance, of the solutions that are most needed right now.

And yet, it can feel overwhelming. Where do we start? What will pack the greatest punch? How can each of us, individually, best…

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