Find your golden mind

Gold Brain imageGoldie Hawn has penned a new book titled, “10 Mindful Minutes:  Giving Our Children—and Ourselves—the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives.

Through her book, through the work of The Hawn Foundation that she founded and through recent TV appearances like the one last week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Ms. Hawn is sending a clear message to America:  it’s time to be mindful.

The Hawn Foundation’s signature educational initiative, MindUP™, is an evidence-based, social and emotional learning program that exposes fourth to eighth graders to the Buddhist technique of mindfulness training, in hopes of reducing their stress levels, making them more self-aware and creating more optimism.

In this video, Hawn describes the program’s four-part curriculum that teaches students to 1) learn about their brains, 2) learn how to quiet their minds, 3) learn to be mindful of the senses to improve focus and 4) learn to consider their place in the world with a sense of gratitude.

In a time when all of us, children and adults alike, are being inundated with data and information like never before, practicing mindfulness is becoming more and more important for our personal survival and success.

When was the last time you stopped to take the time to quiet your mind?  Do you have a special place where you can reconnect with your authentic self, get back in tune with your passions and think creatively about how you can more positively impact your world?

For you men out there, maybe your place for mindfulness is a man-cave.  For you ladies, I’d suggest a SheCave.

Most importantly, don’t wait to reduce your stress.  As Ms. Hawn might advise: don’t miss those golden opportunities.

Bonjour, tout le monde!

Welcome to my new blog site, ruthdobsontorres: weekly notes from the SheCave!

What’s a SheCave you may ask?  A SheCave is a wonderfully personal place for the lady of the house — a place of solitude, for thoughts-gathering, for reading, for phoning friends and family, and, for blogging!

Though I’ve maintained another personal blog site for a few years now, I’ve decided to “amp things up a bit” with this new site.  The commanding words that a former IBM manager of mine shared with me more than 10 years ago (“I know you enjoy marketing, Ruth, but, remember, you can write”) have been harkening back to me lately.  I’ve come to realize that, though there are millions of individuals out here in the blogosphere, I’ve got a unique voice and perspective to share.

I’m not promising earth-shattering truths, just the truth “according to Ruth.”  In each of my posts, I want to remind the world of the people, ideas and things that I love and that spark a passion in me.

On that note, one of my favorite things is the French language.  Another is writing. Now is the time for me to write.  Maintenant, c’est le temps vivre!

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