Even Just ONE Mindful Moment Matters

Many people have started to find their rhythm again after the hustle and bustle of the hectic season. Some are still looking to find their footing. Still, many others are looking to figure out the new normal for themselves amidst new goals. After so much activity and taming giant to-do lists, you might be finding it hard to focus on just doing ONE thing in this ONE moment. It might feel like it’s hard to see why just that ONE really matters unless it’s part of a bigger whole or has a grand agenda attached to it.

Here’s the thing – It’s natural to feel that way and, yet, it can hold us back from allowing in some of those very things that can help us get on the pathway towards exactly where we want to be so that we can cultivate the life experiences that are meaningful to us. In fact, one of my favorite things in the Mindfulness Matters group is a story about how just ONE simple act can have a tremendous impact on every single moment that follows.

Here’s the story:

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. 

One day he was walking along the shore.  As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day.

So he began to walk faster to catch up.  As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn’t dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. 

As he got closer he called out, “Good morning! What are you doing?”

The young man paused, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish in the ocean.”

“I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”
 
“The sun is up and the tide is going out.  And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”
 
“But, young man, don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can’t possibly make a difference!”
 
The young man listened politely. 

Then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it
Into the ocean, past the breaking waves and said –  “It made a difference for that one.”

We can easily find ourselves getting caught in the whirlwind of life or even falling into a rut where it then becomes hard to just make ONE shift. It’s in those one small acts and moments where we can begin a new pattern for ourselves that allows us to make great gains. Each week in the Mindfulness Matters group, we take steps just like this to help bring in a powerful tool for turbocharging your life to quiet your inner critic, break out of your mental rut, and tune into your best self so that you can carve out the life that serves you best. I’m happy to talk to you about how this group can help you get where you want to be – you can easily get in touch!

In the meantime, what’s ONE thing you can do today to make sure you wrap up your day with greater clarity and a bigger smile than when you started it?

Curious what I can offer you to help build the life you love? Get in touch! Don’t forget that I post tips, tricks, information, and even more resources on my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages – along with a Mindful Monday mini-series on the “Beyond the Couch” podcast so that you have an overflowing supply of tools to get you feeling like your best self in the New Year!

Please feel free to comment and share your favorite Mindfulness tip with me! That way, we can spread the word together – because even just ONE act of Mindfulness matters!

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Go Go Go!

For many of us, success and status are measured by how busy you are. The busier, the better. So busy that you can’t take time off. So busy that you carry your laptop with you everywhere. So busy that you check email right before closing your eyes and right after opening them. So busy that you work right through the weekend. So busy there’s no time to call your mom let alone have lunch with her.

Today, we view busyness as a badge of honor. A badge that we show to everyone. How are you? Oh, busy! Soooo busy.

Why has busyness become a status symbol, a marker of success? Why does being busy matter so much to us?

Read on for some insights from my collaboration with PsychCentral!

Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts on how we can slow down our constantly on-the-go schedules so that we can better build a life we want to celebrate!

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Chrysalis Psychological Services Receives 2017 Best of Nyack Award

I wanted to share some exciting news! I was humbled earlier this fall to be the recipient of the Nyack Award Program’s 2017 Best of Nyack in the Mental Health Service category. Throughout the last year, it has been meaningful for me to help contribute to a greater day to day experience and creation of a celebratory life for not only the people that I work with in my practice, but also to those I cannot see personally through my blog, podcast, local presentations, and media contributions.  While making changes and healing can be difficult and take a great deal of courage, accessing resources to aid us in our transformations does not have to be a barrier to getting there. In fact, I am committed to ensuring that our greater community as well as the people I see have a variety of tools, resources, and support to draw upon.

Please accept my gratitude in acknowledging this valuable commitment to ensuring that we can work together to build the life that you want to celebrate! Read on for the press release announcement…

Press Release from the Nyack Award Program:

“Nyack Award Program Honors the Achievement

NYACK September 18, 2017 — Chrysalis Psychological Services has been selected for the 2017 Best of Nyack Award in the Mental Health Service category by the Nyack Award Program.

Each year, the Nyack Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive experience of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Nyack area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Nyack Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Nyack Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Nyack Award Program

The Nyack Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Nyack area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate advantages and long-term value.

The Nyack Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S.

SOURCE: Nyack Award Program”

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