Category Archive: Mind and Spirit

Jan 26

Meditation and Multitasking

Within the past two years, I made two significant changes in my life: I began practicing mindful meditation, and I decided that my lifelong habit of multitasking had to stop—or at least be reduced to doing two things at once rather than three or more. The result has been greater peace of mind, less stress …

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Dec 23

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

It’s not unusual for children to be afraid of the dark. Parents try to soothe those fears, making a big show of looking under beds and in closets and announcing that there are no monsters hiding, and then leaving a nightlight on either in the room or just outside the doorway to ease suspicious minds. …

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Nov 28

Magic of Music and Alzheimer’s Disease

Previously I’ve written about the magic of music and Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, in which I revealed how exposing patients to music from their past has been successful in reaching them in ways not attainable with conventional medical methods. It’s been shown that quality of life can improve significantly with the simple …

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Sep 25

Moving in Minimalist Style

I may have been born a minimalist. If there’s a minimalist gene, it is deeply embedded in my DNA. I don’t remember when I first became aware of the concept of “less is more”; all I know is I seemed to be cognizant at an early age that having lots of stuff was a burden. …

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Aug 03

Life Changing Childhood Moment

A human interest story I heard recently on public radio prompted me to reflect on my childhood. This isn’t a memory exercise I engage in often; not because my childhood wasn’t pleasant but simply because I am not one to dwell much on the past. But the radio program immediately caused me to identify what …

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