You are an Artist. Make Art.

by Sarah Rudell Beach{medium: my kids’ watercolors and magic marker, on a piece of cardboard from the Christmas card box} “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” “I am SO not an artist!” “I have many talents, but art is not one of them.” My whole life, I’ve told myself variations of these statements, insisting that I am NOT AT ALL ARTISTIC and I DON’T DO ANYTHING CREATIVE. I dreaded art classes in school because the blank canvases and unmolded clay terrified me — I need to fill this space? I need to create something with meaning and beauty and purpose and originality? ...more

The Day of Rest

The Day of Rest Sometimes I think it’s funny we call Sunday the day of rest. ...more

Sleigh Bells Ring. Are You Listening?

Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening? It’s not only Christmas season, but Christmas carol season ....more

10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Mindful

The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year” and “the hap-happiest season of all,” but sometimes all the marshmallow toasting and...more

Honoring the Ambivalence of Motherhood

“My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness.” ...more

Is Mindfulness a Religion?

Mindfulness is truly having its moment right now. It’s the Year of Mindful Living, the age of the Mindful Revolution. Mindfulness is branching out from clinical and therapeutic settings and entering classrooms and boardrooms, congressional offices, and military bases ....more

5 New Books to Read Now {and TWO Giveaways!}

I have an unhealthy totally natural obsession with addiction to interest in books. My nightstand right now has no fewer than 8 books that I am in various stages of reading. My Kindle library overfloweth ....more

Make Space and Your Light Will Find Its Way

First Fig My candle burns at both ends; ...more

The Answers That Blow in the Wind

Wind has always been my least favorite weather condition. When it snows, I can wear my warm furry boots. When it rains, I can walk comfortably under my umbrella ....more

The Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation

The modern mindful life, according to my new tagline, is informed by research and grounded in practice. It is absolutely astounding how much research has been conducted in the last decade on mindfulness and meditation and all the amazing ways it can transform our brains, and our lives. Much of the research on mindfulness and meditation reveals the amazing neuroplasticity of our brains — while we used to think that our brains stopped developing in our early twenties, we now know that our experiences can shape our neural development well into our sixties and beyond ....more