Be A STAR In Your Life.

Hope this holiday season brings you lots of cheer and meaning! As I sit with my web designer sister beside a San Diego beach, it is a cold wintery day, the skies draped with grey clouds. Stars behind the clouds shine brightly even though we can barely see them. Your mind, too, is a bright(…)

The Sparkling Dew-Drops On The Grass

“For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door” -Rabindranath Tagore Clutter and Chaos The moment I woke up, my mind was cluttered with countless thoughts. I had a(…)

The Laughing Monk on Mindfulness

“The yellow sunflowers swayed in the breeze that gently caressed her cheeks, the fragrance of jasmine, the rustling leaves danced over the ground beneath her feet.” -Dr. Caroline Manuel, The Laughing Monk In that moment, all her thoughts were suspended in favor of her senses, for she was being mindful. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a technique that(…)

Mindfulness in the Face of Distressing Negative Experiences.

“In times of holiday stress and adversity remember to pause and observe your thoughts and feelings like a Visitor viewing the passing clouds. Laugh, ha..ha..ha..ha..ha, love and live. Any conflict, the mad traffic, the demanding boss, family disputes, they are a dot in time, it is not all encompassing. It will pass. Bring your focus(…)

The Laughing Kookaburra: How To Find Abundance In The New Year.

Unexpected Laughter: This Christmas we went away to Coffs-Harbour, a quiet coastal town between the hills and the sea on the east coast of Australia, quite a distance north of Sydney. The sound of silence, the lush trees and a long stretch of deep blue sea greeted us upon our arrival. The son immediately wanted(…)

How To Add More Sparkle To Your Relationship Without Saying A Word or Creating Mindful Presence

Creating Mindful Presence. “They sat together, Mia and Mike. She talked, and vented, for what seemed like a long time. He listened quietly, fully present for her, intently gazing into her eyes. She felt understood and listened to. No judgments or criticisms, no advice or suggestions from him, nor did he seem lost or far(…)

Mindfulness in the Face of Distressing Negative Experiences.

“In times of holiday stress and adversity remember to pause and observe your thoughts and feelings like a Visitor viewing the passing clouds. Laugh, ha..ha..ha..ha..ha, love and live. Any conflict, the mad traffic, the demanding boss, family disputes, they are a dot in time, it is not all encompassing. It will pass. Bring your focus(…)

How to create more spice in your relationships

“Give every man your ear, but few thy voice. Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.” Hamlet, Shakespeare. Succinct and ageless, Shakespeare’s quote reminds us of the power of listening. When speaking with another, we often rush to offer opinions and judgments when all that is really needed is silence and an empathetic ear.(…)

Eight Steps for Restorative Sleep

The morning sun rays peek through the clouds, and Meera realizes, after tossing and turning all night, that Jane has not slept a wink. “Oh that darned elusive sleep,” she groans. “Another sleepless night … I am now fearful of not sleeping at all.” Is the Laughing Monk nearby to help her with this problem?(…)

The Laughing Monk Cafe

Don’t we all at times experience stress, anxiety, frustration, loneliness, grief? These feelings and conditions can intensify in our current economy. The demanding boss, the traffic jams, lost jobs, single parenting and so on. Where is the fun, happiness, peace and quality of life that we deserve?  What others are saying about thelaughingmonk.com. “Dr. Caroline(…)