Thoughts From Annie

May 2019

Thoughts from Annie How to Prepare for a Crisis   Dear Friends,   Several years ago, I was preparing to teach my Tuesday morning Mindful Yoga class at Circle Yoga in Washington DC. I was sitting at the front of the class as students streamed in, setting up mats, blankets and bolsters. Four minutes before…

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April 2019

Thoughts from Annie The Art of Going into to Wilderness   Dear Friends,   In my college sorority room, back in the “olden” days, the telephone was attached to the wall. This meant that while I was on the phone getting berated by my parents about being placed on academic probation and my continuing lack…

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March 2019

Thoughts from Annie You Have Enough, You Are Enough   Dear Friends, I have been living in a small house in the Blue Ridge mountains, up a long winding driveway for most of 2019. When it snows, I can’t get out of the driveway until my neighbor has time to bring his tractor plow up…

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February 2019

Thoughts from Annie Our Inner Toddlers   I recently got angry about an email I received in which someone explained something they did which annoyed me. My first reaction was anger and judgment: “Why would they do this? What were they thinking?!” Then, my Perfect-Mindfulness-Person part chimed in with a falsely sweet voice, “Oh, it’s…

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January 2019

Thoughts from Annie The Co-Arising of the Flower and Me While Roger Peed Walking my dogs up Mt. Weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains recently, I saw a little white flower that had survived our mild early winter. I would have easily missed seeing it, except that Roger, one of our feisty little Terriers, had…

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December 2018

Thoughts from Annie Enemy Images or Who Do You Hate? Dear Friends, My husband and I got into a dispute recently over our shared Google calendar. He hadn’t put something on our calendar and so that day I was surprised that he wasn’t coming home for dinner. I was annoyed, and right away a barrage…

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November 2018

Thoughts from Annie Grief and Despair: Don’t Stop Planting Dear Friends, During a Question & Answer session some years ago, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “What is the hardest part of your practice?” I expected him to say, “stilling the mind” or “working with anger.” Nope. Thich Nhat Hanh answered that “not falling…

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October 2018

Thoughts from Annie A Formula for Resilience Dear Friends, Over the last week we have heard some extremely discouraging news about our irreplaceable planet. We learned that it would “require unprecedented changes” (40-50% reduction in emissions by 2030 and complete carbon neutrality by 2050) in order to prevent catastrophic climate change weather events. These events…

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September 2018

Thoughts from Annie Mindful Eating, It’s About Love Dear Friends, I wrote my first blog post about mindful eating in 2008. Since then I’ve written several more posts and an entire book (Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food) about mindful eating. Eating is not just something I love…

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August 2018

Dear Friends, While doing a day hike along the Appalachian Trail, I crossed paths with a young man and young woman, both looking very healthy, strong, and able bodied. They had walked nearly 1000 miles with more than another 1000 miles to go. They were confident that they would reach Maine by the fall. While…

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