Mindful Monday: Compassion and Resistance

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~The Buddha

What a great way to think about the past, present, and future―and to do so with kindness, compassion, and acceptance.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Positive Transformational Change

“An attitude which greets life with inspired expectation and an understanding of the power inherent in being present in the moment brings with it a capacity for resilience and, consequently, a more stress-free life experience. Such an attitude generates a growth mind-set which integrates people’s personal values with the choices they make. Anyone who values humor and good feeling values health and well-being for self and others, and realizes the connection between well-being and a happy, fulfilled life experience.

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Dr. Laura Basha is an organizational psychologist, writer and artist, and along with organizational transformation, consulting and executive coaching, she offers her skills as a life coach and educator, specializing in personal transformation and creative self-expression. For over thirty years she has worked with thousands of international clientele, using a principle-based paradigm of health and empowerment, catalyzing an awakening in people to their authentic self-expression, creativity, and power. She has taught her work in private practice as well as community, clinical, academic, professional, public, and corporate settings. Find more of Dr. Laura Basha's teachings, videos, artwork, and writings here: http://www.evoxtelevision.com/evolve-with-dr-laura-basha/

Braving the Winds of Change

Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic. 

Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job that was providing us health insurance.

She worked at the same company for more than six years. They gave her three days' notice. Corporate management sure is cruel in its inhumanity. The health insurance racket is even worse.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Trying to Make Changes - Change in Perspective

The stories that we tell ourselves are very powerful. Through a change in perspective we can profoundly affect how we view ourselves and the goals that we want to accomplish. As I was becoming a yoga teacher, there was a drastic change within me when I stopped saying “I want to be a yoga teacher” and started saying “I am a yoga teacher.”

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Johnny Nasello is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and nationally recognized expert group fitness instructor living in Portland, Oregon. Keep up with his current trainings, classes, insights, and ridiculously awesome Online Bootcamp and Yoga program at his blog www.johnnyfit.com.

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Woman's hand in silhouette reaching out across sunset waters
07/17/2017
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~The Buddha What a great way to think about the past, present, and future―and to do so with kindness, compassion... read more
Painting adaptation of Vetruvian Man
10/03/2016
“An attitude which greets life with inspired expectation and an understanding of the power inherent in being present in the moment brings with it a capacity for resilience and, consequently... read more
dandelion puff blowing away in wind
05/27/2016
Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic.  Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job... read more
red neon sign reads: CHANGE
03/20/2015
The stories that we tell ourselves are very powerful. Through a change in perspective we can profoundly affect how we view ourselves and the goals that we want to accomplish. As I was becoming a yoga... read more
Woman's hand in silhouette reaching out across sunset waters
07/17/2017
“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~The Buddha What a great way to think about the past, present, and future―and to do so with kindness, compassion... read more
Painting adaptation of Vetruvian Man
10/03/2016
“An attitude which greets life with inspired expectation and an understanding of the power inherent in being present in the moment brings with it a capacity for resilience and, consequently... read more
dandelion puff blowing away in wind
05/27/2016
Let there be no doubt that life can be severely ironic.  Two weeks after I sent out remarks on the sacrifices my wife was making for our family, she got laid off from that soul-sucking job... read more
red neon sign reads: CHANGE
03/20/2015
The stories that we tell ourselves are very powerful. Through a change in perspective we can profoundly affect how we view ourselves and the goals that we want to accomplish. As I was becoming a yoga... read more