Ripple Effect

Mindful

Mindful Facilitation As I was standing in the check out lane at the local grocery store, I noticed how prevalent the word Mindful has become. From Oprah's glossy cover "Tips for Mindful Living, to tabloid headlines that promise a "Mindful Romance", it seems as though Mindfulness, like gluten free, has found footing in the consciousness of American pop culture.

Responding with Love and Courage

This writing from Jack Kornfield,teacher and meditator, inspired me, so I want to share this with you. So much of what he says is what we teach in our courses.

Theresa

 

Responding with Love and Courage

ESSAY ON RESILIENCE by Joann M. Anderson

ESSAY ON RESILIENCE
by
Joann M. Anderson

    Over the years of my life, the most difficult times regaining balance and restoring resilience have involved our youngest son who is headstrong and determined.For example, when he was four years old, he had scattered his toys all over the family room which was an extension of the kitchen. I told him to pick up his toys and put them away. His reply was to prop both hands on his hips, stand up straight, and announce, “Mother, I don’t come from the same place you do. Where I come from I don’t have to pick up my toys.”

The Essence of Elder Hood

Throughout human history elders have played an integral and influential role in the wellbeing of our families and our communities. Elders have been the keepers of traditions and knowledge, passing their often hard earned life skills from one generation to the next. Their life experience, in and of itself, was sufficient enough to elevate them to a place of honor and respect. Their life wisdom became an appreciated sanctuary for counsel and support.

Elder Speak Reflection

In honor of Elder Speak, we share this reflection:

Taking Inventory aka Breath, Ground, Relax

In a mindful life there is a strong correlation between expanding our awareness and becoming empowered. In navigating the terrain of relationships, expanding the awareness in regards to how we interface with otheres becomes an exceptionally handy tool.

This useful bit of awareness arises from consciously knowing, distinguishing, and then choosing to move from a reactive state to a responsive state. A reactive state, or reaction, occurs when we feel threatened. When we are in a reaction certain physiological events occur. We get tense, our breathing changes, and we become ungrounded. This is the classic fight/flight/freeze experience. On the other hand, when we are in a response, our physiology demonstrates that we are fully present, un-tense in our physical body, relaxed in our breath, and deeply grounded in our energy. There is a balance between our mental process, our emotional world and our physical body. Our cellular system is not in ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ mode. We have not donned the mask of “I’m OK” as our cellular body tenses up and our breathing stops. Our behavior is true to who we are in the present authentic moment

. The American scholar Joseph Campbell states it well. “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

In our mindful efforts to deepen relational contact, it is vitally important to distinguish a reaction from a response. Quite simply, when we are in a reaction, we are not in contact. We can use our physical body as an instrument to help us decipher a reaction from a response.

As we do this, we bring greater awareness into our relationships and we can consciously take the steps necessary to move from one to the other. This is exceptionally useful and very empowering. ........

Mindful Aging

The Ripple Foundation, in its ongoing efforts to bring the Elder Speak program to the local community has an ongoing discussion group held at Mt. Meadows Senior Living Campus.

 

The following is a reflection:  Mindful Aging

 

An open group, over 12 of us of differing ages met for one hour every Tuesday during the month of April to talk about the chapters Authority, Relationships, Mystery and Wisdom from the book , The Gift of Aging,  by Joan Chittister.

 

Mindful Aging

Reading the book, The Gift of Years, by Joan Chittister, I felt strongly inspired to age mindfully.  Joan invites us to find the burden and the blessing in different aspects of aging. For instance, she says, “The burden of fear is giving in to the possibility of invisibility, of uselessness, of losing our sense of self…A blessing of fear is that it invites us to become the fullness of ourselves…”

Karma, Kindness, & Courage 2016

KARMA

“The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast.”

Bob Dylan

 

“My mother had polio”, she said, her voice rueful and resigned. A slow exhale revealed that her experience had been long and suffering. “It was her karma”, she continued. Followed by the question that always hovers around the topic of karma, “I wonder what she did in her previous life to warrant such a painful experience in this life?”

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