Mindfulness and Anger: March 21st Meeting

When you walk mindfully, you don’t risk falling down. When you speak mindfully, you know what you are saying and you know that what you say is going to create safety or danger. ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
Photo Anna McClain

Working with Anger, this Thursday, March 21st at 9:30

Do sharp Lego pieces underfoot, bickering siblings, or the words “Mom!” “Mom!!” “MOM!” while you’re on that all-important phone call make steam brim from your ears?

Join us this Thursday, March 21st at 9:30 as we continue our discussion of Mindfulness & The River of Feelings, paying particular attention to anger and looking at practices to help us work with this strong emotion in ourselves and our children.

With Mindfulness, we can learn to meet our difficult feelings with nonjudgmental awareness – not getting lost in them, not repressing or denying them, and remembering that everything changes. With mindful awareness, we can often find we don’t feel so overwhelmed.

Gratitude Gathering: Mom’s All Day Retreat a Success!

The Cottage in Indianola
The Cottage in Indianola

With much gratitude and many thanks to our mentor Bev Gaines and our host, Judy Williams,  a group of us enjoyed the tender gift of a restful Saturday of reflection on the topic of cultivating gratitude.

With Bev leading our time together, we dropped deeper into explorations of the topic of gratitude, which we’ve worked with this year as part of our mindfulness series.

Many highlights throughout the day: rich discussions, peaceful reflection and journaling time, healthy snacks, amazing soups, beautiful surroundings, and a rousing mini improv class taught by Chris Soldevilla that had us laughing and fearlessly trying our hand at some delightful improv exercises. Thank you Wendy, for introducing us to improv!

As the day wound down, an Eagle soared onto the dock as we enjoyed visiting over a glass of wine. (And no, Bev did not hire that bird.)

The retreat is a wonderful way to get to know one another better and is open to all Mom’s Morning Retreat members. Thank you to all who participated and made it happen! Hope to see you next year!

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Here is one of the takeaways from the retreat:

Five Minute Mental Marinade by Katheryn Tristan, “Why Worry”

RESTING in bed, place both hands across your chest in your heart area (one on top of the other and resting your arms on your chest).

CLOSE your eyes and take 5 deep, slow breaths.

RECALL 5 positive things that happened during the day (we usually recall everything that annoyed us…don’t go there!).

FOCUS on someone or something you really LOVE! Focus on that feeling and those thoughts for a few minutes. Enjoy this fully!

TAKE 5 more deep, slow breaths.

RELAX and let yourself drift off to sleep, allowing your mind to marinate all night in this positive energy. If you catch yourself reviewing problems, repeat the entire procedure.

Need Childcare This Thursday? It’s BISD Conferences!

This Thursday is a conference day for Bainbridge Island School District. Dawnae (DNA@fredwhittlesey.com) would love to hear from you if you are planning to bring your school aged children to this week’s meeting so she can get an approximate head count.

We’ve got a lot of great material planned, and we’re going to make every attempt to start on time at 9:30–this will give us plenty of time to fit everything in and will also help childcare run more smoothly!

You are welcome to get your child settled in at 9:15 which gives you plenty of time to get a cup of coffee and a snack and “arrive” before the meeting begins.

photo credit US Fish and Wildlife service

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”
–Kahil Gibran

See you Thursday!