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This Is We

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep405-This-Is-We.m4a Last weekend, my sister-in-law, Rachel, suggested we watch The Greatest Showman. And how grateful I am she did! The film is not a documentary about the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum, the founder of what became the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. It is however, a wonderful story loosely based on P.T.…

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I Am Clark

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep404-i-am-by-clark-snyder.m4a I Am: Mindful Poetry My youngest son, Clark, who is 12 years old at the time of this recording, was given the task of writing a poem for his 7th grade language arts class. Each of three stanzas repeat the opening line that begins, “I am . . .” each student to follow with…

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Be Present to Joy

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Date night with my partner-in-life to see Cabaret at the Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL. On being present to Joy, Sister Wendy Beckett says: “It is inadequate, even misleading, to speak of ‘experiencing joy’, though it is impossible to find another phrase that can suggest what is meant. Joy is too great to be experienced. It is…

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A Nose For This

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My dad comes from a proud line of prominent nosed peoples. I take after my father in many ways, and the nose is quite obviously one of those. My parents were always generous with their love toward their children and I grew to develop a fairly good sense of self. But my nose was always…

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Photography: Mindful Memory Making

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  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep401-photography-mindful-memory-making.m4a Photography: Mindful Memory Making When our first daughter was a baby we accumulated a few child-oriented cassette tapes (do you remember those?), one of which is a collection of Disney tunes that includes the song, “Makin’ Memories.” “Long before the old model T, ‘round about the turn of the century (the last one,…

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Taste

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep307-taste.m4a I began this podcast with a 10-day mindfulness challenge. I thought the start of Lent a fitting time to return to it. I encourage you consider using these 10 episodes to begin or renew a habit of mindfulness practice for your Lenten season intention. Since taste is highly dependent on a sense of smell,…

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Smell and Memory

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep306-smell.m4a I began this podcast with a 10-day mindfulness challenge. I thought the start of Lent a fitting time to return to it. I encourage you consider using these 10 episodes to begin or renew a habit of mindfulness practice for your Lenten season intention. Smell is a powerful sense. In fact, psychologists and neuroscientists…

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Imperfect Perfection: focus on the current excellent thing

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep212-Imperfect-Perfection.m4a Imperfect Perfection: focus on the current excellent thing, strength and beauty of the whole. I just returned from leading a workshop in Santa Fe on Developing Creative Leadership by incorporating mindfulness. The travel was long and more taxing that I anticipated, and my focus was compromised through the first half of the workshop. So…

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The Agony and Awe of Parenting

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep210-agony-and-awe-of-parenting.m4a The Agony and Awe of Parenting This week I had a sacred exchange of texts with my sister-in-law, Jean, about the blessed agony a parent experiences when her child is hurting and struggling. It is one thing to welcome the meannesses to the inner home of the heart when the surprise guest is personal.…

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Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent

Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent 2560 2560 Nicole

  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep205-cultivating-delight-during-advent.m4a Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent This week, in practicing hope, the longing or desire for something –accompanied by the belief in the possibility that it will actually occur, I noticed something happening: during moments of frustration and discouragement, a sense of hope arose unbidden. Reflecting on this, something else surfaced: joy. Joy is…

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