Mindfulness While Waiting in Line

What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting is an unavoidable fact of life.

Often when we’re waiting—in traffic, at the DMV, for our food to arrive—we grow impatient or frustrated.

We focus entirely on getting to the front of the line and completing the task.

In these moments when you have nothing to do but wait, you have a perfect opportunity to practice and encourage mindfulness.

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Mindful Media and the Ways We Consume It

Just as you take food into your body, consuming both healthy and not-so-healthy options, you also consume media throughout the day.

You listen to music, watch TV, read the news, and so on.

Although these may provide knowledge and entertainment, they can also create anxiety and stress in our minds and bodies or take us away from our connection to the mind.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Starting Your Day with Mindfulness

Waking Up with Awareness

One of the best techniques to help bring mindfulness to everyday living is to start your day with it.

Many of us have a rushed morning routine and do not pause to be present until later in the day.

This exercise can help you start off your day with a mindful moment, bolstering your practice in the coming hours.

When you wake up, take a moment to pause before you get up.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Mindfulness and Self Compassion

I write and speak often about self-care. Self-care is not always luxurious, but it is necessary. I have said before, it may not be a bubble bath with a glass of wine. It might be more beneficial to spend time getting caught up on paying bills or doing laundry.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Mindfulness of Doing the Dishes

Doing the Dishes 

We often wash the dishes with dread or in haste, rushing to get it done as quickly as possible. Instead, you can partake in this chore with present-time awareness and find some peace. Look at the dishes you are going to be cleaning. 

Notice any natural reactions you have to the task at hand. 

Try to bring to mind the meal that was consumed and how it supported the well-being and life of all those who ate. 

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

Surrendering and Resilience

Surrender and resilience are both words that come up frequently in my line of work. As a social worker, mental health professional, and employee assistance provider the meaning of resilience and the art of fostering resilience is woven into so many of my days. At first thought, resilience is about strength, hardiness, steadiness, ability to withstand pressure. During an exquisite Yin Yoga session, the concept of surrendering flooded my mind as the instructor urged us to settle into the pose, surrender to gravity, and allow your body to go where it needs to be.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

7 Easy Steps to a Mindful and Stress-Free Home

“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” — Astrid Alauda

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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.

How to Strengthen Your Mind

While you can deadlift to grow your muscles, the mental equivalent is not as obvious. How do you strengthen your mind when the vast amount of reality television and empty internet content is threatening to bog your brain down on a daily basis? The modern world is filled with an incredible amount of distractions, but it also offers a wide array of resources to sharpen your mental prowess. Luckily you don’t have to pull a Thoreau and unplug in the woods in order to reach peak mental performance. Follow these tips to best navigate mental growth in the modern world.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

Mindful Monday: 3 Ways to Get Past a Struggle

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”  ~Napoleon Hill

Sometimes I wish that weren’t true.

I can accept that continuous effort is required to achieve something—it’s the idea that growth involves a degree of struggle that can sometimes sap my energy and make me want to take a nap rather than move forward.

If organizing ourselves and our time were easy, we would always be on time and never waste a second looking for anything.

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Andrew Mellen's picture

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.

Mindful Monday - Tina Fey and Overthinking

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” Tina Fey

The line between thoughtful consideration and overthinking is different for everyone, and just like the line between telling the whole truth and some version of the truth, very easy to see in other people. We’ve all had the experience of listening to a friend or loved one going back and forth on a decision for the umpteenth time and wanting to scream, “Just do something already!”

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Andrew Mellen's picture

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.

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Silhouette of many people waiting in line.
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What Are You Waiting For? Waiting is an unavoidable fact of life. Often when we’re waiting—in traffic, at the DMV, for our food to arrive—we grow impatient or frustrated. We focus entirely... read more
close up of hand pointing remote control while woman eat popcorn behind.
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Woman sitting up in bed with bowl of cereal, looking out the window
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“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”  ~Napoleon Hill Sometimes I wish that weren’t true. I can accept that continuous effort is required to achieve... read more

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Silhouette of many people waiting in line.
10/06/2021
What Are You Waiting For? Waiting is an unavoidable fact of life. Often when we’re waiting—in traffic, at the DMV, for our food to arrive—we grow impatient or frustrated. We focus entirely... read more
close up of hand pointing remote control while woman eat popcorn behind.
09/13/2021
Just as you take food into your body, consuming both healthy and not-so-healthy options, you also consume media throughout the day. You listen to music, watch TV, read the news, and so on.... read more
Woman sitting up in bed with bowl of cereal, looking out the window
08/02/2021
Waking Up with Awareness One of the best techniques to help bring mindfulness to everyday living is to start your day with it. Many of us have a rushed morning routine and do not pause to be... read more
Silhouette of woman holding up hands in shape of a heart framing the sun at dusk.
07/27/2021
I write and speak often about self-care. Self-care is not always luxurious, but it is necessary. I have said before, it may not be a bubble bath with a glass of wine. It might be more beneficial to... read more
Woman with her head down on kitchen counter watching water pour from the faucet
07/01/2021
Doing the Dishes  We often wash the dishes with dread or in haste, rushing to get it done as quickly as possible. Instead, you can partake in this chore with present-time awareness and find... read more
Man and woman in prayer pose, meditating
08/13/2020
Surrender and resilience are both words that come up frequently in my line of work. As a social worker, mental health professional, and employee assistance provider the meaning of resilience and the... read more
Woman sipping tea in her kitchen.
04/27/2020
“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” — Astrid Alauda Demanding work, harmful habits, and lack of sleep all contribute to high... read more
Woman's face breaking up into grid pattern
04/17/2019
While you can deadlift to grow your muscles, the mental equivalent is not as obvious. How do you strengthen your mind when the vast amount of reality television and empty internet content is... read more
Executives in business suits play tog of war on outdoor field
06/25/2018
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”  ~Napoleon Hill Sometimes I wish that weren’t true. I can accept that continuous effort is required to achieve... read more

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