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

    Freeing an Insatiable Mind

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

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    Meditation for Living Intention

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

    Living, Breathing Intention

    Author: Jen Snider

    12/20/16 |

    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).  How do we bring new intentions to life? “Ow!” The stinging twinge is familiar – one spot, now another across my shoulders. I pull my sweaty green …Read More

    The Peace of Letting Go

    Author: Jen Snider

    12/1/16 |

    For the month of December 2016 we will be “Practicing Letting Go” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  What does letting go mean to you, and why is it a valuable skill? Renown meditation teacher Jack Kornfield often tells the story of a soldier who attended a mindfulness-based …Read More

    Letting Wisdom In

    Author: Jen Snider

    10/28/16 |

    For the month of November 2016 we will be “Practicing Balance: Taking Care of Others & Taking Care of You” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  How often do we read or hear good advice these days? When it comes to taking care of ourselves …Read More

    To You… The Inspirers

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

    Practicing Self-Compassion

    Author: Jen Snider

    9/29/16 |

    For the month of October 2016 we will be “Practicing Self-Compassion” in our mindful wellness online community. Click here to learn more about practicing with us (new topics every month).  What is self-compassion? Self-compassion has been defined by Kristin Neff in her pioneering research as simply turning compassion we might feel for others towards ourselves. Compassion, when …Read More

    The Courage to Change in New Ways

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

    Food as Sweet Refuge

    Author: Jen Snider

    8/17/16 |

    The surgery was running long. Really long. Finally a call from the doctor, more complicated than they thought, it’s going to be okay… It was okay, but it was the beginning of a difficult period of life. A little surgery turned into a big one, a week of recovery turned to months of recovery. Life as we knew it …Read More

    One Story of a Girl and her Food

    Author: Jen Snider

    7/8/16 |

    What’s your story with food and eating? My story is perhaps a typical one, unique in its ways. My early eating life followed the trends of the American culture in which I was raised. My parents did their best to raise me to be a healthy person and a good eater. Mom prepared home-cooked, balanced meals and …Read More

    July Daily Kindness Challenge – 2016

    Author: Jen Snider

    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

    Spring Vegetable Ragout

    Author: Vera Fabian

    3/29/16 |

    The wonderful thing about this dish is that it can be a hodgepodge of whatever vegetables you can find in whatever moment of Spring you are in! The only requirement is that they be as fresh as possible—-ideally harvested this morning—straight from the garden or Farmers’ Market or CSA Share. Adapted from Deborah Madison’s brilliant …Read More

    Beet Chips with Honeyed Goat Cheese

    Author: Jen Snider

    3/29/16 |

    I wanted to play with something crispy for our Spring Food & Garden Workshop and thought beet chips would be fun to try. Indeed they were! I made a huge batch and they really turned out great, but I learned the hard way that refrigerating them after they’ve been made turns them from crispy to …Read More

    Plants for Health

    Author: Jane Saiers

    3/16/16 |

    With the warm temperatures and sunny days of the past two weeks, the plant world has come to life. Daffodils, hyacinths, and tulip magnolias are blooming; grass is growing; and the deciduous trees have taken on the green tinge that presages their bursting into full leaf. With these changes that manifest renewal, we ourselves feel …Read More

    Arugula Pesto

    Author: Vera Fabian

    3/16/16 |

    Pesto is a simple, versatile accompaniment to almost any bread, grain, meat or vegetable dish. Often it is made with basil, but greens like arugula, kale, parsley and even wild greens like dead nettle and chickweed can make wonderful, distinctive pestos. This recipe is one from cooking instructor Vera Fabian at our Spring Food & …Read More

    Downward Facing Dog at the Wall

    Author: Emily Burrows

    2/8/16 |

    Downward facing dog is one of those poses that people see and instantly realize it’s yoga. This standing variation is one that’s accessible if you can’t get up and down from the ground easily or if you can’t get on the ground because the other people in your office will notice. It’s also a helpful …Read More

    Warrior 2

    Author: Emily Burrows

    2/8/16 |

    As I started to write this blog post, the first words that appeared on the page were: “Warrior 2 is one of my all-time favorite yoga poses.” I think I’ve started a lot of the pose tutorials in our Yoga for Every Body series that way! It isn’t that I’m lying, it’s just that there …Read More

    Winter Food & Garden Seasonal Food Workshop

    (Jan 2016)

    Author: Grow Well

    1/26/16 | No Comments

      A Seasonal Food Workshop in winter is definitely most fun live and in-person, but we thought you’d enjoy a few highlights and resources as you consider your winter gardens now and years to come. Spend a few minutes seeing what we saw, and check out the recipes and resources below to help you connect with …Read More

    Calm in the Storm: Mindfulness in Real Life

    Author: Jen Snider

    1/26/16 |

    I’m merging onto a packed freeway and there is just enough space for my farm truck to squeeze into the 75mph flow. An 18-wheeler is hovering to the left of me and the car behind me is repeatedly speeding up to my back bumper. As I peek at the driver behind me, I notice an …Read More