Getting Rid of Resentment

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Ann Lamott, in her novel Crooked Little Heart, says that holding onto resentment is like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. Resentment is seductive. We assume on some level that it’s going to help us, but it doesn’t. It just causes us pain. This is something that just about all of […]

The Joy And Heartache of Being A Pet Owner

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Call me crazy, but if I’m nuts so is my husband. We have five pets; two cats and three dogs and that’s just of late. What can I say; we love animals – all kinds. Just like our four children each one brings us undeniable joy and relentless heartache. The boys (dogs) Adam, Louie and Franky […]

The Power Of Metta: Practice Of Loving Kindness

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Have you ever awakened to the morning feeling off balance; out of sorts – just not your usual perky self? Perhaps you can relate to; miserable, agitated, angry, frustrated or sad. I know that I have and it doesn’t feel good.  What do you do with these feelings and emotions first thing in the morning? […]

Letting Go Of Everything

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Can you imagine, letting go of everything in your life? Monks do this when they become Monks, they let go of everything including their Family. The thought of this is almost mind boggling to me. And imagine right now as you read this, letting go of all physical possessions and all relationships you have in […]

Introduction to Loving-Kindness Meditation

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The Metta Bhavana is a meditation for developing loving-kindness. “Bhavana” means “cultivation” or “development,” and “Metta” is a word that means “love,” “friendliness,” or “loving kindness.” So this is a meditation practice where we actively cultivate some very positive emotional states towards others, as well as to ourselves. This meditation practice helps us to bring […]

Transform Your Life With Loving-Kindness!

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“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.” -Jack Kanfield We all have days when we are just plain down on ourselves. Days that we tell ourselves that we are just not good enough. If only we were smarter, more efficient, more witty, more attractive. On these kinds of days we just want […]

The Science of Loving-Kindness

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Right at the very beginning of my meditation practice I was introduced to both mindfulness of breathing and the development of loving kindness meditation. It was explained to me that both of these practices were equally important, that they were complementary, and that alternating these practices prevented imbalance in our approach. It was stressed, in […]

Brenda Strausz on Mid-Life

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For as long as I can remember my dream was to be a psychologist. I did not follow my dream however until age 49, after my last child left for college. The wisdom I gained through my years as a wife, mother, friend and educator is invaluable. This classroom called “life” was its own great […]

Mindful Moments from Brenda Strausz: Transform Your Life with Loving-Kindness

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If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete. -Jack Kanfield We all have days when we are just plain down on ourselves. Days that we tell ourselves that we are just not good enough. If only we were smarter, more efficient, more witty, more attractive. On these kinds of days we just want […]