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 »
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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 »
I don’t claim to be a movie critic, but after seeing “The Descendants” recently, a few thoughts came to mind. It is a movie with all the qualities you look for in a film. A hot lead being #1 of course (call me shallow, I’ve been called worse), humour (I love a laugh even ... Continue Reading »
Apparently I have a sixth sense, I see ….not people but, things. Some in my family may call it a super power, or an other-worldly gift I’ve been bestowed. They believe I should feel honored to be so blessed. I on the other hand regard it as a curse. ... Continue Reading »
March 5th, 2012
This is the ending of David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech in 2005. This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. You get to decide what to worship. Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in ... Continue Reading »
Whether you are scarred by love, jaded by religion or beaten by circumstance, there comes a time to say “Enough!” and move on. You aren’t serving yourself or changing anyone else by holding on to anger. Rights and wrongs are beside the point now. It’s time to let go, let the past be what it ... Continue Reading »