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Holly Erskine

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Public speaking anxiety is common. It comes in different forms. Given my choice of audiences, I love a small group where I can see everyone's reactions. Big audiences, radio and TV are venues I still wrestle with internally. Some friends tell me they prefer the anonymity of a big crowd or a camera in their face to a small group. It is all a matter of what you get used to! And if you really want to get over a fear, you have to slowly get used to doing what you are afraid of, sometimes with baby steps.   [Read more...]


Holly Erskine

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This is my current favorite focusing technique. I invented it, on a whim, for myself, and it's really stuck with me. If you give it a try, I'd love to know what you think.  [Read more...]


Holly Erskine

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

My cats often appear convinced that I am handling something they need, and they are wrong. "It's just tomatoes," I tell them, after I've opened a can. They don't believe me. And sometimes, to convince them, I oblige them. I let them sniff my can of tomatoes or beans or artichokes or whatever it is that isn't cat food. Rather than turn aside, however, they sniff, sniff, sniff! Just long enough for me to get a little impatient with whatever mysterious, extended thought process they are experiencing. They are interested, even intrigued, if not a bit let down.   [Read more...]


Holly Erskine

Sunday, January 10, 2016

If you must perform an unpleasant chore, wouldn't distracting yourself make your task more enjoyable? I've always listened to NPR, podcasts, or audiobooks while I do household chores, for example. But a recent study published in Science contradicts this notion.  [Read more...]


The Emissary

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Today we open our new column on all things mindful. Stay tuned for updated links and a new page with tools to help with the lifelong effort to increase your wellbeing by living mindfully.  [Read more...]


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