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The New Year: Begin Again

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Dec 18, 2018

The countdown to midnight on New Year’s Eve creates the sense that something profound is
taking place. We’re wrapping up another year of our life, with pride, regret, or nostalgia. And
then we turn with great hope to the new year about to unfold.

A Moment of Mindfulness Before a Meeting

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

When we’re meditating, our minds will often start to wander. They might go off on a stream of consciousness for several minutes before we catch ourselves and bring them back. Often, we think of the mind wandering as a failure, and yet, in fact, the real success is not in keeping the mind from wandering but in the bringing it back and beginning again.

Gratitude: Replacing Suffering with Joy

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

The sages define suffering as wanting things to be different than they are.

The experience of gratitude, however, renders the complete opposite effect. When we cultivate a feeling of appreciation, we feel happy, maybe even blessed. Gratitude requires a mindful attention to what is good in your life. When we’re not mindful, we are likely to give all of our attention to the squeaky wheel while losing perspective for the well-oiled ones.

True, Kind, Necessary: Transforming Communication with Mindfulness

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

Is it True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary?

One of the benefits of mindfulness is, to paraphrase Viktor Frankl, the space it creates between stimulus and response. In that space between, we find choice. Mindfulness then creates time for us to choose our response. (Over time, the practice of making that choice helps us to create new neural pathways, which then become our new default responses.) One such choice is the words we use, or more generally, what we give voice to.

Finding Peace: Finding Time for Your Practice

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

Over twelve years ago, I bought a refrigerator magnet about finding peace. I knew very keenly that the people I loved the most needed me to be calmer in my heart. The quote on the magnet challenged my inherent belief that I would only find peace when my kids were both in school all day, the house was cleaner, my job was better, my extended family stopped being so annoying, I finished writing my first book and got it published, and the stars aligned perfectly. The refrigerator magnet helped me see that equanimity is an inside job, independent of external circumstances.

Meditation Is Not a Selfish Practice

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

Sometimes, investing time sitting quietly, can be perceived as self-indulgent navel-gazing. Here I present nine reasons why mindfulness is the best thing you can do to help others. 

One: Meditation helps slow down your reactivity between stimulus and response, thus enabling you to carefully choose your response to, say, critical comments or back-talking teenagers.

Finding Deep Relaxation: The Physical Body in Meditation

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

How your body aligns in meditation is important, whether you are sitting on the floor or in a chair. It’s essential to feel a firm connection with the floor (either through the “sit bones” — the lower portion of the pelvis — or through the feet). It’s also always appropriate to keep the spine long.

Gandhi's Morning Resolution

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

Morning Resolutions (spoken like a mantra) are a great way to begin or complete your daily meditation. A morning resolution sets your intention for the day and brings it to the forefront of your mind, thus reinforcing your most deeply held values. 

Gandhi suggested that “the first act of every morning be a resolve such as this:

Mindfulness Meditation and Creativity

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

Creativity is the ability to make connections between two or more things in a unique manner. For many people, creative expression is one of the joys of life, and for others it is also part of their livelihood. A certain line in a poem or song lyric, or a color used in a painting can enhance our experience of life and allow us to see the world in a new way.

Awakening and Seeing

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

The idea of mindfulness is that there is more happening than what we perceive from the thinking mind. There is a deeper level of insight and knowing that comes when we bring our full attention to the present moment. The thirteenth and fourteenth-century Sufi poets wrote bodies of work which capture the experience of awakening more fully through a settled mind.

Mindfulness by the Dashboard Lights

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Nov 28, 2018

Don’t have time to meditate? There’s an old parable about the meditation guru directing his acolyte to meditate for an hour. The acolyte responds that he doesn’t have time to meditate for an hour. “Okay,” says the guru. “Then meditate for two hours.” The lesson here is that the moment you’re too busy to meditate is the moment you need it most.

Mindfulness & Meditation Guide: A Rewire Ebook Resource

By Steve Longan |   May 15, 2018

If you've been reading our articles, or come to one of our workshops or gone through a corporate engagement with us, or just spent some time with any of us in Rewire, you'll know we practice and advocate for the use of mindfulness in work. 

Four Strategies to Prevent Stress from Turning into Burnout

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Mar 06, 2018

As I shared in my article last week, burnout is more than a passing feeling. It can have real and serious implications for your career and—more importantly—your mental and physical health. When you experience burnout on the job, you’re more likely to take sick days, and the days you do show up physically, you’re probably not as productive as the not-burned-out version of you. This can lead to jeopardizing your future work with the company, or in your field. 


So, if you believe your workplace stress might be heading towards burnout, the time to act is now, with whatever energy and capacity you still have, in order to find solutions that will change your course and keep you from burning out. 

Four Ways To Fill Up Your Tank This Weekend (and Every Weekend)

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Aug 30, 2017

Have you noticed that much of our social interaction at work revolves around the topic of weekends? Two of our most-common questions are:

7 Strategies for Effective Stress-management

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Feb 23, 2017

Wish we could turn back time -- to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep -- but now we're stressed out
~Twenty One Pilots, “Stressed Out”

Readers who’ve met me in real life likely know that, in addition to my work with Rewire, I teach yoga. A few years ago, I had a scheduling conflict and asked my friend Sarah to lead the class in my place. The class was held in a yoga studio below an accounting firm. Unfortunately, poor Sarah turned the bass on her music a bit too high. So a few minutes into class, the meditative stillness was broken by a BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! on the door. The whole class started and turned to see a red-faced, stress-deranged accountant yelling “TURN DOWN YOUR MUSIC!”

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