Last week my new book, “Forty Things I Wish I’d Told My Kids” was released by my publisher Morgan James Press out of NYC. I thought it would be fitting to post the first chapter on our blog this week. I started writing it on Father’s Day 2009 as a series of emails to my three daughters, in an effort to explain to them in simple and clear terms what mindfulness was all about. Over 
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Determination, Discipline, Mindfulness and Freedom “A tree that fills your embrace grows from a seedling.  A tower nine stories high starts with one brick. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Ancient Proverb   There is often a gap between our intentions and our actions.   Have you noticed it with your children?   Have you noticed it in your 
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Mindfulness, Fear, Worry and Anxiety (Part 2) In the last post I talked about how fear is both an instinct and an emotion, and is something which we can’t do away with (nor should we want to). The question is how do we make it work in support of our happiness, and not be the cause of our suffering.   And of course how can mindfulness help in that effort. Let’s start by investigating a bit 
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Mindfulness, Fear, Worry and Anxiety (Part 1)   Fear, anxiety and worry are said to be one of the biggest problems confronting our society–and our children. A recent NYTimes article entitled ” Why Are More American Teenager Suffering From Severe Anxiety” details recent studies on the widespread problem, which has been called an epidemic. And the problem is not limited to our children–the Rolling Stone article “Why We Are Living In An Age of Fear” 
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Mindfulness—Like Life– Takes Practice Practically everything in life which is worthwhile requires practice in order to get good at it. And you need to keep practicing to get better at it. Golf, swimming, cooking a soufflé, math, chess, riding a bike, making an opening statement–in pretty much all aspects of our life, practice is required to acquire, maintain and improve skills. Mindfulness is no different. Mindfulness–the ability to pay attention to what is happening right 
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