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Susan Reynolds

Presence. Passion. Purpose.

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In a recent Huffington Post article, “The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager,” Thacher School Headmaster, Michael Mulligan relays the status of teens today. On the one hand he extols them as “confident, connected, and open to change.” They are service oriented, embrace diversity, and seek solutions to environmental problems. By reporting these facts one could interpret Mulligan’s views on the Millennial Generation as happy, fulfilled and purposeful, yet Mulligan reports the opposite. He says, “We have…

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Transitions: A Practice in Presence

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More and more being in the present moment seems to be the best way to move through life. What’s become apparent in today’s world is that when life becomes uncertain, we can find ways to avoid those feelings of anxiety about the future. Rather than grabbing the phone, what if we just stayed still with the emotions. What if we were mindful of our thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body, but didn’t grab the phone to distract or numb…

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Teens: Mental Health, Technology and Spirituality

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In collaboration with SusanReynolds.org and the Wheelhouse at the Bradford Mill, we’re introducing a unique multi-generational collaborative model for the Concord/Carlisle, MA community bringing together teens/20s with adults at the intersection of mental health, technology and spirituality. In this first conversation in the series, I coalesce current research and cite experts: Dan Siegel, Larry Rosen, Simon Sinek, and Lisa Miller as I share the speaking platform with teens who have suffered through mental health crises. As the speakers and audience engage in conversation,…

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Power Down to Power Up!

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POWER DOWN TO POWER UP. What does that mean? In essence, there are positives and negatives to technology, the promises and the perils have been espoused throughout history. Even Thoreau warned, “Men have become the tool of their tools,” and today: “Never before has there been a time when reflection on human nature is so important, particularly because of the power of technology. Misused, technology can isolate us, numbing our social and human tendencies while keeping us continuously occupied. Used affirmatively,…

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Mindful Test Prep

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Attention. Focus. Comprehension. These are skills and traits of a successful student. Daniel Goleman, the author of the national bestseller Emotional Intelligence and newest book Focus, claims attention and focus are the number one predictors of success, yet our digital world is rapidly creating conditions that make it much more difficult to focus each year. In the world of pings, notifications, emails, texts and likes, our attention is pulled from the very tasks we attempt to complete. Have any of…

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iBme “Commit to Sit”

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Dear Friends and Family, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a national nonprofit that offers in-depth mindfulness programming for young adults and the parents and professionals who support them. I recently learned of their "Commit to Sit"campaign to provide $300,000 in scholarship money for their teen retreats. Jessica Morey, iBme founder, and her husband, Middlesex Mindfulness Leader, Doug Worthen live right here in Concord, so many of you know of iBme. During the next three days, the pledges will be matched, so any...
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Transitions

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Transitions are changes, and sometimes changes can be very scary. We want to hold onto certainty, and that might even be the way we do a set of yoga sequences. We can become numb to the intricacies of the present moment as we lose ourselves in thought and just go through the motions, in a type of automatic pilot. How many times have you been driving your car and ended up someplace without remembering the journey? I have. And it's...
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Teaching Team

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If you are reading this entry, it means that I haven’t had wifi since I arrived at the Monastery on the 11th, which was the night of the 10th for you. So, until I can bring you into the retreat, via text and photo, I’ll give you some more background. This all came about because of Marni, who you can find more about at Omandroam.com. Marni grew up in Burma until she was a teenager when she moved to Indonesia, and…

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A Little Uncertainty

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Today, when Marni’s Aunt Emerald spoke to us about our time in the nunnery, we learned a few things that were not quite what we expected. One, we are in the nunnery, during the Water Festival Retreat, for the duration until Sunday, April 17, after the closing ceremonies. We thought we might be able to leave periodically, to go to an Internet Café to post our blogs, check email, touch base with loved ones, but that may not be the...
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Setting Intentions

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One of my favorite moments in a yoga practice is setting an intention. In order to do so, I find a more ethereal sense of myself. I may have already noticed my breath and points of tension in my body, but setting the intention requires an awareness of something greater, a touch point to a sense of being in that moment. The intention might be a way I want to feel during the practice, strong, courageous, patient, accepting, or it...
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