Body and Mind: How the Mind Influences the Body

by Claire N. Agard, PhD, CCTP An elderly relative may have said to you, “You need to stop worrying or you’ll make yourself sick”. If you’re like most of us, you probably discounted it, but guess what? That elderly relative was partially correct. Worry may make you sick. Over the years, Science has shown that […]

3 Minute Mindfulness Script – Mindfulness Exercise 1

by Claire N. Agard, PhD, CCTP Sit in chair with your feet planted on the floor. If you feel that you’ll be more comfortable sitting  on the floor, then do so. Whatever position you choose, sit upright. Feel the length of your spine.  Feel a sense of softness in your posture. Relax your arms and […]

How Can I Clear My Cluttered Thinking? – Mindfulness Exercise 2

by Claire N. Agard, PhD, CCTP 1. Not Mine” Meditation (Time Required: 1-5 minutes). The Benefits: Teaches emotion  regulation and mindfulness.  How It Works:  a. Sit up straight, each foot planted into the ground, hands resting on each thigh,  palms towards the sky. Gently make a fist with each hand, while still leaving your  hands […]

Body Scan – Mindfulness Exercise 3

by Claire N. Agard, PhD, CCTP This exercise can take 15 minutes or more. Make sure that you have enough time to dedicate to  it. You’ll pay attention to each part of your body, beginning with your head and ending with your  feet. You’ll look for tension in each part and, if you find any, […]

When Mindfulness Meets The Classroom: Benefits of Mindfulness In Schools

by Claire N. Agard, PhD, CCTP Probably the easiest way to explain what mindfulness is, is by explaining what it isn’t. Let’s start  with an example of “mindlessness”. Some of us have many “mindless” moments during a single  day. Take this example, I’m driving to work using the same route I do every day. suddenly […]