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Learning, Practicing, and Being Mindful

EDITOR’S NOTE: In our ongoing series showcasing professional life coaches, this week’s feature is from Karen Jones, an ICS Counselor. She reflects on her recent learnings on mindfulness and how to practice it as a way of being.

Upon returning from my latest mindfulness retreat, I find myself continuing to contemplate some of the discussions that included the term, habit energies. As I understand it, habit energies are those patterns, responses, and ways of being that we develop after observing, learning, and practicing them. We then begin to use them in our lives without much conscious intention; perhaps… Continue reading

Dance and Parkinson’s Disease

While recently visiting my mother at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland, I noticed her unsteady gait had again worsened. Since her diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) ten years ago, my mother has been treated with multiple medications, yet her condition deteriorates with each visit.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the United States and more than four million people worldwide. The disorder occurs in all races, but Parkinson’s is somewhat more prevalent among Caucasians. Men develop the disease slightly more often than… Continue reading

Creative Living, Ageless Living

Recently, I was sitting by a pool with a friend. We were discussing health and aging. He made the comment, “Aging is a disease,” which struck me as fatalistic.

“No, it’s reality,” he said. “At about 26 years of age, our cells stop growing and producing and start to decline.”

I was recently inspired and re-inspired while reading current research on mind body psychology and taught a college course called mind body psychology for the second time.

The new research about aging and health is exciting and encouraging. There are ways to facilitate more creativity, health, and build a better… Continue reading