Author Archives: Anne Ihnen

Tweet, tweet

A couple of months ago, I decided to join the world of Twitter.  It’s become a way for me to share interesting or inspiring information with anyone who’d like to follow me.  I don’t use it for personal updates, and … Continue reading

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The stories we tell ourselves

I’ll notice that I’m having an unpleasant feeling, and then I’ll see my mind pick a story to match that feeling. It’s as if it’s selecting a book from a shelf in my personal library.  What’s going on here?  Perhaps … Continue reading

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Anxious times

With the election just days away and daily news reports of economic woes, many (if not most) of us are feeling concerned and perhaps even anxious about the state of the world.  We wait on pins and needles for the … Continue reading

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Summer

Summer in Seattle, when it finally gets around to happening, is glorious. The days are long, the clouds have lifted (for the most part), and it’s difficult to stay indoors. I wake up with the sun shining through my window, … Continue reading

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The Complete Idiot's Guide

I am pleased to announce the publication of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mindfulness, a book I co-authored with Carolyn Flynn. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to practice mindfulness or benefit from it, and you don’t have to … Continue reading

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On Retreat

Last month, I went on a silent meditation retreat. Going on retreat is a gift I give myself twice a year; it deepens my meditation practice and helps me access parts of myself that stay hidden in the activity and … Continue reading

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Self-Talk

Thinking about the ways we talk to ourselves, I realize that there’s a potential trap with positive self-talk and affirmations. When we try to use these techniques to make our pain go away, we actually perpetuate it. But when we … Continue reading

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Knowing each other

Thinking some more about this idea that the only thing we know for certain is what we’re experiencing in this moment, I think about what it means, then, to know another person. There are people in my life I’ve known … Continue reading

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Not Knowing

The only thing I can ever know for certain is what I’m experiencing in this very moment. (Notice that I said “what I’m experiencing”, not “what’s happening”.) What I experienced in the previous moment is memory, and memory is faulty. … Continue reading

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Distraction

Distraction has gotten a bad reputation among people who want to live more fully in the present moment. By definition, a distraction is anything that takes us away from the moment; it’s seemingly the antithesis of mindfulness. But distractions are … Continue reading

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