The Cross Trained Life

Your go-to source for tips and tricks on how to live a more balanced life.

Learning When to Do and When to Be When Caring for Patients With Life-Limiting Illnesses

The sun poured onto my grandmother’s hospital bed.  She had managed to live on her own for 97 years.  But after a bad fall, she lay helpless, taking in the view of the Colorado mountains through the austere hospital window.   My grandma Hilda was new to hospital life, but she knew a thing or … Read More

Compassionate Email

Hi Friends, A new approach to email: XTmail We spend too much time ‘doing email’. Imagine if we all did our part to declutter everyone’s email inboxes! Sure, email is essential to communication – no argument here. There is a certain magic to immediately contacting and connecting near and far through just keystrokes. But, this … Read More

A helpful LIFE XT practice for post-election and the holiday season

We have heard from many of you that the recent election has been stressful and has generated some intense emotional responses. Whomever you voted for, the reality is that we are entering into a time of change and uncertainty. During this time, we encourage you to continue training the skills of wellbeing as a way … Read More

Your Brain on Compassion: How the Experience of Kindness Rewires Your Brain For Happiness

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to almost naturally exude compassion?  They’re the first people to show up during a tough time. They’re the people who always seem to know exactly what to say in moments of crisis.   What makes these people special isn’t so much what they say or even what … Read More

The Reason We’re All So Distracted? Mind Wandering

We all hear a lot of talk these days about distraction: smart phones, email, social media, and TV. And it’s true, these technologies can make it hard to focus and to be present.   But there’s an even more powerful form of distraction – one that we often overlook. It doesn’t come from technology or … Read More

Cleaning Now: How Dirty Dishes Can Help You Arrive at a Clear Mind

Cleaning – let’s face it. This is something that most of us dread doing. Whether it’s doing the dishes, washing the car, sweeping the floor, or making the bed – we all spend a good chunk of our day doing it.   So how can you take away the stress of cleaning? Here’s one strategy. … Read More

Mindful Distraction: Turn Facebook, Email and Other Digital Distractions Into Moments of Mindfulness

Today I want to let you in on a little secret. Even though I spend just about all day, every day, writing and talking about being less distracted and more present, I still distract myself all the time. I’ve got a few favorites.   I occasionally surf my Facebook newsfeed. I check out a bunch … Read More