Maya Angelou said, “I sustain myself with the love of family.” What keeps you going when times are tough? I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently, wondering about myself and wondering what works for others. So I asked the question on Facebook and Twitter, Post by soulseeds. It turned out that family is ... Continue Reading »
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The artist Picasso was asked in an interview why he didn’t paint pictures of people “the way they really are.” Picasso asked the man what he meant by “the way they really are,” and the man pulled a snapshot of his wife out of his wallet. “Like this,” he said. Picasso responded: “Isn’t she rather ... 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 »
I’ve been feeling so optimistic. Yet there seems so little reason to be optimistic. Maybe it’s the little reasons for optimism that keep us going. It’s all about perspective, and where you choose to look for evidence. There is a famous Sufi story about the joker Nasrudin who loses his keys. His friends find him ... Continue Reading »
A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. Lewis Smedes Become the master of your memories instead of letting memory control you. Ironically, it’s because we forget who we are ... Continue Reading »
I’m an early riser, usually up by 5am. First I turn up the heat. There’s a part of me that grumbles about how long it takes to warm up, and another part that says, “Give it a minute. It’s not magic. But the technology IS amazing and it’s working as fast as it can.” Then ... Continue Reading »
Plant lots of optimistic thoughts and hope will climb the walls of your mind. Color coordinate your thoughts, words and actions with sky blue optimism. Keep your mind open like a window so that optimism can waft in out of the blue. What you plant in your mind you will reap in the garden of ... Continue Reading »
Pioneering doctor Patch Adams used humor to help people to regain perspective. His story was made famous in the movie Patch Adams, where his character was played by Robin Williams. One of my favorite scenes is when Patch is in hospital himself and a fellow patient teaches Patch a lesson in perspective. The patient holds ... Continue Reading »
I know who I am and I claim the power of my mind. The ability to be conscious of the power of your mind, to “believe in” its power, to tap that power and choose how you will use it, are all part of the mind’s marvel. Is the mind more than the brain? Is ... Continue Reading »
Hands leaf through pages with long ago words. Hearts search through stages with long ago hurts. The story keeps changing from this day to next. The mind rearranging, to what it likes best. A tale told over, a familiar groove. A place to take cover no need to move. But it’s time to tear up ... Continue Reading »
Fun is important, and not just to kids and comedians. It’s important for all people and all species. Animals get this. Magpies wrestle, foxes jump on trampolines and elk frolic in puddles. Bears charge rivers, monkeys somersault down hills, and elephants doodle with sticks in the earth. Fun even crosses species lines. Polar bears horse ... Continue Reading »