Author: Carol Tibbetts

Got Gratitude?

You probably do.  Amidst the rush of holidays, as another year winds down, our thoughts turn to gratitude for our lives and people in it.  But to truly embody gratitude, we must practice it not just from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, but from New Year’s to Thanksgiving as well.  To-do-lists, work pressures, family issues and… Read more »

October: Unchain Your Fears

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery/None but ourselves can free our minds.” - Bob Marley In this month of Halloween, it’s an ideal time to confront fears – past, present or future – that haunt us. The lens of fear distorts what we see, often exaggerating, and focusing on the negative.  Fear can also  masquerade as anger,… Read more »

September: See Routines as Rituals

”Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”- Buddha Often when we are engaged in everyday routines, our body is in one place, while our mind is somewhere else, and our breath is being ignored.  We’re operating in autopilot.  This is mindlessness.  And in today’s world where most of us are in a constant… Read more »

August: Patience & Acceptance

“Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao-Tzu  Sometimes we find ourselves so fixated on perfection and future results we don’t enjoy what we’re doing in the present.  To build patience, practice contentment.  Appreciate all your small successes:  Notice subtle changes or ease with which you perform an activity, or become more mindful or how… Read more »

July: In the Heat of the Moment

In the heat of the summer, anger – among other things – can be aroused.  Of all our emotions, it can be the most toxic to our health and our relationships. In the heat of the moment, that’s all we have – a moment – before we blow it.  Enter mindfulness for emotional rescue.  When… Read more »

June: Throwback Summer

In a throwback to childhood summers, summertime gives us permission to push the reset button and recreate the work/life balance we all crave. Guilt-free. It’s instilled in us to work less and play more. We know from experience that old habits die hard due to the momentum they have behind them, so why not go… Read more »

May: Cultivate Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is the ability to love and accept ourselves just as we are.  If we habitually berate ourselves for less-than-perfect behavior or appearance, we cannot feel it, because we don’t feel deserving.  And when we don’t feel deserving we lean more towards destructive, rather than healthy habits. If we can’t feel compassion for ourselves, it’s… Read more »

How to Stop Going Steady With Tech & Still Be Friends

Why is it that we live in a world where we crave control and don’t want to be told what to do, yet we let our devices rule us? Technology is seductive.  It flirts with us constantly, creating an insatiable desire for more stimulus, entertainment and information. In today’s world where most of us are… Read more »

March: Mind Your Business

“Won’t mindfulness make me lose my edge in business dealings?” This question came up recently during a Twelve Mindful Months class I lead weekly at the Door, and it is a common concern.  Mindfulness is the new buzz word in the media, as evidenced by the many articles boasting the benefits of the practice –… Read more »

February: Be Mindful/Be Mine

In February, this month of Valentine’s Day, we may gift those we love with cards, flowers or chocolates.  But the greatest gift we can give our relationships is mindfulness.  The practice of mindfulness slows us down and increases our awareness, allowing us to pay attention without judgment, which benefits  our relationships – both personal and… Read more »