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Book Review: Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being

mind body spirit retreats, books, Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being is a beautiful little spiral bound book with an accompanying CD created by the Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is one of several routines I have been doing everyday for the past five years. It is so simple to do that I even do it when I am on vacation or I am a bit under the weather. Some people are under the misconception that being mindful means sitting quiet and still with focused attention. These exercises demonstrate how you can have focused awareness while moving, promoting well-being through mindful movement.

Here is a Youtube video of Thich Nhat Hahn doing these exercises:

It may be hard to believe, but he is in his 80’s, yet notice the control he has over his movements.

The beauty of this book and CD is that young and old alike are capable of doing these mindful movements. As soon as our granddaughter is able to keep her balance on one leg, I plan to teach her this routine. It is never too young to teach mindfulness, and it is never too old to focus on our well-being.

To purchase this book, please click here (thanks for supporting by purchasing through our Amazon store!)

Thank you to Paula Wilkes for submitting this book review. You may also be interestred in an article she recently wrote entitled “Do You Have a Spiritually Sensitive Child:” To learn more about Paula Wilkes, click here.



Comments ( 0 ) Recommends Emerging Women Live 2014 – October 9th to 12th, 2014

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With feminine power on the rise, many women are feeling called to create a new kind of work life – one where we can be fully expressed and supported in our lifestyle choices. With technology made more accessible every day, the barriers to starting and growing a business are shrinking, and many women are choosing entrepreneurship as a path to a career of meaning and purpose, creative expression,  and financial success.  Other women in leadership or executive positions are using this paradigm shift to influence change in “the how” of doing business within companies or organizations.

This year’s event will be in New York  at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square. Relax and de-stress in New York  at the Sheraton Hotel Times Square and nourish yourself with integrative practices such as yoga, dance, and meditation.

At Emerging Women Live each participant will be introduced to a facilitated peer circle of about 15 participants at the event. These circles will address issues that are specific to the people in the group, questions or comments that arise from the material on the main stage, and themes that are emerging from the tribe. These circles are meant to be seeds for connection, peer support, and mentor-ship, and tied to many other circles as we continue to expand our reach. We are all in various stages of becoming, and there is no stronger foundation than to emerge within the support and wisdom of community.

Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur, or a creative – if you are committed to expressing your unique gifts to the world, at Emerging Women Live you’ll find a community of like-minded women ready to help you succeed.

Emerging Women Live 2014 is a wonderful event for all women. Join at th eSheraton Hotel Times Square in New York City for an enlightening experience.

For more information on Emerging Women Live 2013 click here.


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Book Review: A Return to Love

a return to love, marianne williamson

Each week we feature one book from our Amazon store. The best of the best. The books that change lives.

“A Return to Love” is based on Marianne’s reflections on “A Course in Miracles” and her insights on love and inner peace.  For those that couldn’t make it through the 699 page “A Course In Miracles”, Williamson’s book is a great Cliff Notes to that piece. Her writing makes the concepts easy grasp and she does a great job of simply explaining how the ego blocks our experience of love and happiness and that loving ourselves is just as important as loving others.

This book is in our top 5 of all-time ‘must read’ books. In fact, we’d go so far as to say it’s #2 on our list. People who love it return to it over and over again.  If you hadn’t read it yet, it might just be that it wasn’t your time. Some say this book finds you.

Simply put, Return to Love is the ultimate “how to” improve your consciousness book.  It’s a great read – and perhaps an even greater listen. I listened to this book driving up the coast to a retreat at Esalen, and the drive may have been as good as the retreat. Marianne’s voice is music.


A miracle-worker is an artist of the soul.  There is no higher art than living a good life.  An artist informs the world of what’s available behind the masks we all wear.  That’s what we’re all here to do.  The reason so many of us are obsessed with becoming stars is because we’re not starring in our own lives.  The cosmic spotlight isn’t pointed at you; it radiates from within you.  I used to feel like I was waiting for someone to discover me, to “produce me,” like Lana Turner at the drugstore.  Ultimately I realized that the person I was waiting for was myself.  If we wait for the world’s permission to shine, we will never receive it.  The ego doesn’t give that permission. Only God does, and He has already done so.  He has sent you here as His personal representative and is asking you to channel His love into the world.  Are you waiting for a more important job?  There isn’t one.

— Excerpt From A RETURN TO LOVE by Marianne Williamson



Support and purchase this and other great books in our Amazon Store. (Return to Love can be found on page 2.)

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Mindfulness for Brainiacs

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)

This new institute at UCLA is one of our staff favorites.  We love their many courses and seminars on mindfulness and meditation which are not just interesting, but also backed up with solid scientific research.  Bring even your most skeptical friend to a day-long intensive with PhDs and world-renown Scientists and they’ll be converted to the benefits of being present with no turning back.
MARC offers a variety of courses – from weekly free mediation sessions, to on-going courses, day long retreats and Workshops hosted by a variety of best in class Professors, Authors and Researchers.   We recently attended a session by the authors of “You are Not Your Brain” and were fully blown away.
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And check their website for more information and directions: Mindful Center

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One For The Kids

“Inspire children. Change the world” is the tagline for Children Inspire Design, the appealing online shop whose mission is to “make a positive impact for children around the world.” They partner with grassroots organizations to create products such as this eco-friendly POSTER available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew and Chinese. Serving as a nice reminder for you and your child to have compassion for the earth and all who inhabit it. Proceeds from sales of their art & design wares for children raise funds for various children’s programs all over the world.


Mention when you place your order and receive 15% off your purchase.

Poster size: 11×14

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