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So far Doug Girard has created 36 entries.

Mindfulness teachers

Links to my favorite Western mindfulness teachers are provided.

Social media pages on mindfulness

Links to well-known mindfulness resources on social media are provided.

Online courses on mindfulness

Links to online courses on mindfulness are provided.

The sacred pause

We live in a world that has become very busy, too busy. To meet all of the perceived demands on us, we have been multitasking our lives away. We easily slip into an autopilot mode — unconsciously jumping from one activity to another. The meditative practices of the world remind us to take time […]

Keep the beginner’s mind

In his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki wrote: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” One of the practices of mindfulness is to keep an open mind, like the mind of a child. This allows us to see things clearly — just as they are […]


Ideally, one of the things that we learn from our parents is empathy and compassion for others, and fortunately many of us do. But another developmental accomplishment is the achievement of self-compassion. This, by comparison, is something that many of us continue to struggle with in adulthood. We’re never taught how to befriend and […]

Emotional acceptance


Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach (Book)

Embracing your imperfect self

There are many painful existential realities that we have to come to terms with throughout our lives. Perhaps none is more painful than the reality of imperfection. Like it or not, the world is imperfect. Like it or not, our family and friends, and our relationships with them, are imperfect. And like it or […]

Podcasts on mindfulness

Links to popular podcasts on the topic of mindfulness are provided.

Videos on mindfulness

Links to videos introducing mindfulness are provided.