Mindful Living

Jen Snider, Coach, Wellness, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, Meditation

Freeing an Insatiable Mind

3/3/17 |

My attention span feels shorter and my thinking has become more distractible. When I slow down enough notice the amount of time that passes before my mind wants to “bounce,” it’s pretty concerning. Often I add this concern to a mental list of “things to deal with” but I never do.  How about right now? Gentle Curiosity  …Read More

intention meditation, Grow Well, Jen Snider, coach, psychotherapy

Meditation for Living Intention

1/6/17 | 22 Comments

This meditation is a chance to spend a few minutes connecting with an intention you wish to fulfill in your own life.   For the month of January 2017 we will be “Bringing Intention to Life” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  To learn more …Read More

To You… The Inspirers

10/19/16 | 29 Comments

Driving down the road to the big red barn, I lower my windows to let in the smells and sights. I look up to see the greeting smiles of my friends Jane and Darin, who farm this land. As we gather in hugs and they insist on carrying things, my eyes can’t help but wander to their gardens. …Read More

The Courage to Change in New Ways

9/14/16 |

After a long and frustrating day at work, she searched the cupboard for some relief. A bag of something, a box. Finding nothing that would satisfy, she closed the cupboard and stepped back. She took a breath and remembered something.  She walked over to the television and clicked it off, cleared a stack of papers from …Read More

Rivers and Why We Need One Another

9/6/16 |

Many years ago I was in a raft on the Colorado River deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon. My nervous hands clenched a thin rope as we glided into the top of Crystal rapid (one of the big ones), and a fraction of a moment later I was deep underwater, holding nothing as my body hurtled through churning, wild water …Read More

July Daily Kindness Challenge – 2016

6/28/16 |

Intended, planned, daily kindness. It was the experiment we ran in July 2014 Kindness Challenge, and it was a beautiful unfolding. It’s about time we did it again, wouldn’t you say? “Just know that the engine you kick started (with the July Daily Kindness Challenge) continues to purr away daily in my life. Awareness is …Read More

Comforting Ourselves through Change

5/14/15 |

Letting go of our dearest comforts takes extra special care.  This morning, we started a “no-binkie” experiment to see how our little boy would fare. He was upset first, then brave, and for a good hour, he was absolutely fine. Then, in a moment of absent-minded comfort-seeking, he went for the binkie. His courage collapsed into outrage, desperation, sadness and fear. …Read More

Moving Back into Your Body

4/29/15 | 33 Comments

During every yoga class I leave space for students to guide themselves through any movement their body is requesting, even if it doesn’t resemble a familiar yoga pose. We come back to this intuitive movement several times in class, and it’s the last thing we do before relaxing in savasana, corpse pose. Every once in …Read More

Mindful Eating is a Personal Revelation

4/13/15 |

I have taught and practiced mindful eating for many years now. What I find most meaningful is that when I slow down and pay attention, so much about life is revealed. The approach to food I learned as a child becomes illuminated in new ways and subtle beliefs about eating can be brought into the …Read More

Is Clutter Getting in the Way of Self-Care?

4/8/15 |

Even though I’m a self-care and wellness coach, there are plenty of health habits that I’m still in the early stages of addressing. This post is about one of those habits. As I write this, I’m sitting on the couch, an area where I generally would prefer not to write. I’ve been working from the …Read More

Why We Bring Kindness to Physical Movement

3/26/15 |

Movement is an essential element of wellness. Regular movement can impact our days by giving us better energy, less anxiety and sadness, clearer thinking and less stress, while improving our long-term health outlook for just about any chronic disease you can think of. The human body is built for dynamic motion and interaction with the outside world, but modern life, with hours sitting in cars, …Read More

Healing Guts and Living Well at Two Chicks Farm

3/18/15 |

Last fall our friends Debbie and Audrey of Two Chicks Farm took some valuable time to meet with me and talk about their wonderful health-promoting business. I hope you’ll spend a moment with these two folks who took the opportunity to turn the potential devastation of a layoff into a whole new life path, taking …Read More

Am I Eating Right? (with free food log!)

3/10/15 |

When I speak to health-concerned clients, the most common complaint I hear is a sense of overwhelm, confusion and irritation about knowing what or what not to eat. It makes sense. We all want to feel well, live a long time, achieve our goals and avoid terrible diseases, so the media messages that challenge our choices hit us in …Read More

Boat Pose

2/25/15 |

Most of us know that the abdominals are part of the core, but did you know it also includes the lumbar spine, pelvic floor and many of the hip flexors? Boat pose can strengthen all of these areas of the core. Having a strong core supports a healthy spine and allows our joints to move more safely and …Read More

Pyramid Pose

2/25/15 |

Pyramid is a great “forward folding” yoga pose for stretching tight hamstrings, the muscles at the back of your thigh. It’s also one of my go-to poses for days when I’ve done more sitting than I like, since it wakes up my spine! As with any pose, stay gentle and listen closely to cues of discomfort from …Read More

Soft Bellies and Winter

2/24/15 |

I’ve been thinking about the extra bit of softness and roundness some of us experience in our bodies in the cooler months. I was having some fun with this article idea and googling things like “natural winter weight gain” and predictably finding a sea of articles with tips to combat, fight, and otherwise wage war …Read More

Feel-Good Lifestyle Changes

2/17/15 |

February is one of the best times of year to get a machine at the gym. About 40% of the New Year’s resolution crowd has already lost steam, leaving far less demand for the stair climber and plenty of parking spots out front. Even though we may start the year with the best intentions, the …Read More

Delight in Romantic Eating (no partner required)

2/13/15 |

Whether you’re flying solo or with another this Valentine’s Day, a deep and resonant pleasure awaits. Mindful eating is a gift that can fill the heart, nourish the the body and banish discomfort, not to mention being a powerful tool in the lifelong journey of healthy eating. As you plan what to eat today, or …Read More

Grow Well 2014 Year in Review

1/13/15 |

Celebrate a year of wonderful learning and work for Grow Well with us! I want to try this (add to my List) Forget to Log In? Hello! In order to add this activity to your action list, you must be logged in. Log In

Letting Go of “Tomorrow”

12/22/14 |

The “tomorrow” into which we postpone the courageous, promising, and healing actions that we envision for our lives doesn’t really exist. We count on tomorrow, plan for it, wait for it, but of course we all know that tomorrow is only a possibility, not a reality. A downer, right? Not at all! When we can spring to life in recognition of the sweet …Read More