I got 45 years into my life before I discovered the power of coffee, aka enlightenment. A well placed cup of coffee can completely change my outlook. As someone wise said, “Coffee doesn’t ask questions. Coffee understands.” Because I “found” coffee in Europe, I began my new life under coffee’s spell as a coffee snob. ... Continue Reading »
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We live in a world where, as Carrie Fisher said, “Even instant gratification takes too long.” Speed is a drug, and the need for speed is a mindless addiction too. We only occasionally catch ourselves racing through life and wonder why, like when we’re behind a slow driver (ie someone driving the speed limit), get ... Continue Reading »
Do you ever say or do things that comes back to bite you? Maybe a flippant promise, an idle threat or a careless commitment. You shoot yourself in the foot with your own words, and set yourself up for a lose/ lose. You either break your word or compromise your integrity. We all do it ... Continue Reading »
“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” ~ Steve Maraboli Emerson said something so profound about the power of your mindset. He said, To different minds, the same world is a hell and a heaven. Its so true. One day I’m working out and it feels like bliss. The ... Continue Reading »
As a facilitator/teacher of the beautiful practices of meditation and mindfulness, I am seeing more and more that any moments of awareness we can give ourselves during the day can be powerful and redirect us to a less stressed and more connected place. This can happen whether you decide to do a sit down session ... Continue Reading »
Stephen King said, “99% of what goes on in your mind is none of your business.” We think we’re thinking when we’re more like parrots repeating what we’ve heard or what we’ve been telling ourselves for years. Our thoughts may not be true, and they may not serve any worthwhile purpose. But we think them ... Continue Reading »
In doing my meditation/mindfulness work, I meet many folks who focus much of their thought, mind and spirit on being positive. Most would think this is a total, kick butt way to live. There are even companies, websites and Facebook pages committed to the upbeat idea. So, here comes Debbie Downer (that’s me) to tell ... Continue Reading »
The 80/20 rule is about becoming mindful about where you put your energy, and making a decision to focus on what matters most to you. How do you decide what matters most? I use a simple formula; Impact, Joy and Sustainability. You can read more about this formula here. The idea behind the 80/20 Rule ... Continue Reading »
Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom. E. B. White Have you ever been surprised by a stray sun flower? Where did it come from? In among the invasive weeds and carefully planned flowers, this long stemmed miracle lights up the garden with its wide faced grin. They all come from somewhere- the ... Continue Reading »
“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Eckhart Tolle There are two fish swimming along. They meet another fish heading the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The two fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and says, ... Continue Reading »
Simple really. Just notes. Notes tucked into books. His idea, all his. An afternoon of errands. Dull, boring, mindless endless jobs “Just running in” He waited in the car with his thoughts. “Right, library next’ I bustle checking things off. Not quite done. He sat with scraps of paper on his lap. Notes to somebody. ... Continue Reading »
How long does it take you to wake up in the morning? I’m not talking about opening your eyes. I’m talking about opening your mind and letting it be blown by the wonder of being alive. Often, we are still asleep when we get out of bed. We leave the house and amble through the ... Continue Reading »
He always wanted to explain things. But no one cared. So he drew. He wanted to carve it in stone or write it in the sky. And it would BE the sky and things inside him that needed saying. It was a beautiful picture. He kept it under his pillow and would let no one ... Continue Reading »
Include a little “me” time in your day. Take a break from schedules, expectations and pressure. Rest in the hammock of right now, with nowhere to be and nothing to prove. There is no better moment than this one and nothing more important. Just be, let your “me” be free to feel the peace.
The Clothes Pin. How much better it is to carry wood to the fire than to moan about your life. How much better to throw garbage on the compost, or to pin the clean sheets on the line with a gray-brown wooden clothes pin! ~By Jane Kenyon. A 4th grade presentation. A poetry reading and ... Continue Reading »