Clear And Now Blog

The Mindful To-Do List
March 28, 2017
Mindfulness,Self-Help — By Dave Eyerman

Reposted from AboutMeditation.com.

Who doesn’t have a to-do list? That familiar cascade of items which never seems to clear fully.

It sure seems that as soon as it shortens, twelve more things find their way on the end of that list (or jump to the top of it), bringing us back to square one.

It’s great to be responsible and to know I am in control of my own life. There’s a great freedom that comes with adulthood—I am not dependent on anyone else to provide me food or clothing.

No one is checking up to see if I have done my homework or brushed my teeth. My life is entirely in my control.

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Screw You, Inner Critic!
January 28, 2017
Mindfulness,Self-Help — By Dave Eyerman

This week a client came into my office and said that she felt like she has two voices in her head – one that desires a glass of wine at the end of the day, and the other which chastises her for being “lazy” and “irresponsible” for wanting, or having, that glass.

“ARGH! It’s like I have to convince myself that it’s okay for me to have that glass of wine. How do I get rid of this?”

Pretty much everyone has some version of this story for themselves. The dang inner critic that tells us that we’re fat, lazy, stupid, mean, disrespectful, saying that we should know better or that we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing, questioning our every move, our every bite, our every word…. It’s exhausting.

The most common responses to this inner critic are either to listen to it, and then feel badly about ourselves, or to yell back and fight it. Both are draining and, in the end, perpetuating the inner drama. What if there’s another way?

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Liz’s Theme of the Week: Flitting
January 24, 2017
Liz's Theme,Mindfulness,Self-Help — By Liz Varney

This week had a very clear question from my clients: “How can I have better time management?”

I wondered if this theme pops up now, mid January, because the “resolutions” we set have not held, we have gone through the post-holiday blues, and we are back to focusing on our day to day lives…

As I sat and listened to my clients describe their productivity-issues, I “felt into” their lives to gather more data about the problem… (more…)




Liz’s Theme of The Week 12/25-1/7: Love Your Life Now
January 8, 2017
Liz's Theme,Mindfulness,Self-Help — By Liz Varney

I had decided not do a Theme of the Week during the week of Christmas and New Years, but a theme emerged and was so present- and continued to be so, that my Theme for this blog is really of the past two weeks.

This theme is a big one: Love Your Life Now

Now I could go in so many different directions with this theme, however what was coming up these past two weeks is essentially a variation on “You don’t know what you got til its gone.” I could title this blog just that, however you know that I like to spin towards the positive, and in my eyes, the bright side of “you don’t know what you got til its gone” is: Love Your Life Now.

The theme started with an early morning scroll through social media before I started my work day. (more…)




Dave's Puncture For This Juncture
Dave’s Puncture for this Juncture: Grief and Change
December 26, 2016

All things are impermanent. It is the nature of life. Nothing lasts forever (not even diamonds). Yet we generally have a hard time when things have reached the end of their lives.

Our minds are linear; they’re stuck with a Newtonian physics model (what is at rest stays at rest, what moves will continue to move in the same way forever unless something acts on it … while an acupuncturist and meditation teacher I also have a science geek side). Our minds expect things to stay as they are, and “has trouble letting go” (to borrow a line from The Matrix).

The Metal element of Chinese medicine is about letting in and letting go, and the two organs associated with the Metal element are the Lungs and Large Intestine. Both organs exemplify this theme.

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