Mindful Living Mindful Life

    Letting Go of “Tomorrow”

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

    Letting Go of More and Better

    Author: Jen Snider

    12/12/14

    By nature, I am a striver “” a big ol’ puppy dog of striving. I am someone who is always looking forward, searching for ways to please, help, improve, solve, better and satisfy. I’m always looking for the MORE and the BETTER life may hold. This aspect of my personality is one that I have to …Read More

    Is Your Busy Schedule Owning You?

    Author: Emily Burrows

    12/12/14

    When someone asks you how life is going, how often do you heave a sigh and say “busy”? Not an abundant busy, but a “PLEASE take something off of my plate” busy. If we aren’t paying attention, our schedules can easily fill past our comfort. We find ourselves going from bed to work, from work to our …Read More

    Releasing the Burden of “Shoulds” and “Wants”

    Author: Emily Burrows

    12/4/14

    December can be a lovely month full of delicious flavors, connection with people we care about, and those sweet, sweet vacation days. The excitement and busy-ness of the holiday season can easily displace our center in the here and now, as we pack extra obligations into our already full schedules and accumulate more belongings. This …Read More

    Self Care for Road Trips

    Author: Emily Burrows

    11/25/14

    If you’ve got a trip planned this holiday season, practice these tips to stay happy and well on the road. Stay hydrated. When you’re in a rush to get to your vacation spot and don’t want to stop for many breaks, it’s tempting to avoid liquids. Unfortunately, dehydration can cause back pain, especially when combined with lots of sitting …Read More

    Energizing Breaks

    Author: Jen Snider

    10/3/14

    When our energy is low, many of us turn to unsatisfying, unhealthy or ineffective choices to get us through. We grab a snack that sends our bodies on a ride, we get lost in our computers or televisions or we power through and ignore the fatigue. Our productivity, vitality and happiness are often dampened, and our wellbeing …Read More

    5 Ways to Lift Your Energy

    Author: Jen Snider

    10/3/14

    The five activities listed here are things you already know. No surprises here. The magic is in doing them! 1. Do something kind. A kind action as simple as a smile can change not only your energy, but that of another. Look for an opportunity to take a simple kind action and watch the effects. I also …Read More

    Boost Your Energy with Yoga

    Author: Emily Burrows

    10/3/14

    You’re probably already well aware that yoga can help you manage stress and relax your body and mind before bed. Did you know that it can also boost your energy? As our recent Yoga Basics grads can attest, the poses and breath we practice in yoga move prana, or “life force.” Prana refers to the …Read More

    Ocean Breath (Ujjayi)

    Author: Emily Burrows

    10/2/14

    Ocean breath (in Sanskrit: ujjayi, which means “victorious” breath) is one of my favorite breathing techniques because it can both calm your mind AND bring energy back to your body. Make as much Darth Vader noise as you like with this practice! And as with any yoga or breathing practice, if you feel dizzy or uncomfortable …Read More

    Self Care Isn’t a Luxury

    Author: Emily Burrows

    9/24/14

    I used to equate “self care” with a trip to the spa. It seemed to be a luxury available only to those with the time and money to spare on pampering and stress relief. I didn’t see myself in that picture, so I didn’t process how badly I needed self care until I was emotionally …Read More

    Engage Your Senses when You Eat or Cook

    Author: Jen Snider

    9/19/14

    I can eat an entire meal in one minute.  I am like a prize fighter of gobbling food. This talent has come in handy when I’m living life at full speed.  Who needs utensils?  Who has time to break for lunch?  Who wants to deal with eating slowly while keeping the toddler at the table?  My habit says, …Read More

    Crafting Spaces that Inspire Health

    Author: Jen Snider

    9/19/14

    This week I changed up my environment in a big way.  I moved our bedroom into a room with an actual door, moved my desk into a room with more natural light and cleared a space on the floor that invites a yoga mat (and then put my yoga mat next to it). Thanks to this environmental …Read More

    Habit Energy and the Joy of Business

    Author: Jen Snider

    9/5/14

    The horse is running quickly, and on its back the rider seems to be urgently heading somewhere important. Someone along the path calls out, “Where are you going?” and the rider responds, “I don’t know, ask the horse!” – classic Zen teaching. The galloping horse describes the concept of “habit energy,” and captures quite accurately the “force” of habit that runs much of …Read More

    What IS Body Positivity, Anyway?

    Author: Emily Burrows

    9/1/14

    Our work at Grow Well is shaped by several powerful movements for happier and healthier living. The body positive movement inspires us because we echo the call for greater self and body acceptance. Read below to learn more. How important is your physical appearance to how you feel about yourself?  That’s a tricky question to …Read More

    Take 5 on the Farm | First Flight

    Author: Jen Snider

    8/19/14

    This chicken can relate to making brave changes to affect her future.  Hope you enjoy.   This little bantam silkie chicken gave us a good dose of lightness after a tough week.  Our sweet chickens were under attack by an impressively large hawk (and maybe a raccoon, as well) all week.   Our chicken community …Read More

    How Eating (Anything) with Gratitude Can Make You Healthier

    Author: Jen Snider

    8/1/14

    When it comes to eating, most of us have a pretty automatic internal dialogue. Often our thoughts are hardwired to judge, evaluate, attach, worry, rationalize, check out, and more, regardless of the quality of the food in front of us. By practicing mindful eating, we become interested in seeing how we can interrupt the patterns at play in order to give …Read More

    Loving Kindness Meditation

    Author: Jen Snider

    7/8/14

    Looking for a magic pill for reduced stress, greater resilience, reduced inflammation and greater social connection?  You just might be looking for a daily dose of the Loving Kindness Meditation. I invite you to spend the next 6 minutes with me in a meditation that is a simple and powerful offering of kindness to yourself and …Read More

    Self-Kindness Meditation

    Author: Emily Burrows

    7/2/14

    Sometimes our inner critic speaks to us in harsh words that we would never use toward loved ones. During those times when gremlins of self doubt and negativity are taking over your day, take a few moments to direct some compassion inward. You may be surprised at how nourishing one minute of self kindness can be. …Read More

    This is Your Brain on Kindness

    Author: Jen Snider

    7/2/14

    I’ve been surveying some recent research and writings on kindness, mindfulness and health, and there are a few interesting bits of wisdom to pass along that I hope will inspire us all to continue pursuing kind and mindful living and actions.  This is good stuff to chew on. Practice and training yourself in kindness actually changes …Read More

    10-Min-A-Day Challenge Wrap-up Video

    Author: Jen Snider

    6/25/14

    If you were in the 10-Min-A-Day Challenge, my hat is off to you, with a big smile of appreciation.  This was a wonderful inaugural challenge.  Check out this little video that captures some of the magic.   I want to try this (add to my List) Forget to Log In? Hello! In order to add this …Read More

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Why We Focus on Mindfulness


Mindfulness, as a practice of bringing non-judging awareness to what is happening in and around us in the present moment, is increasingly revealed through scientific study and personal practice as a powerful ally in causing health improvements.  Read on.

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Grow Well offers a range of services, classes and online support to help you reach your wellness aims. All of our programs incorporate mindful living, and many of our classes incorporate farm-based food and experiences (whenever possible)!

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