Why do we love labels so much? Does it give us comfort to “belong” to a group? Does it help us define ourselves… maybe to ourself and to others? Do we hold the group’s label as something better, higher, more right? Continue reading “no labels, thank you”
I’m taking a meditation class right now. Yes, I still take classes. There’s always something new to learn and I find that experiencing the learning process as a student brings fresh insights to me.
In our class practice, we were doing gathas. A gatha is like a mantra but a longer phrase intended to keep the mind in the present moment.* Our gatha included the phrase “I smile. ”
How to cope in trying times? I choose to look for the light, the positive, the encouragement. Here’s why.
It’s parade day in Canton Ohio. For those of you who aren’t local, Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We’re in midst of the annual HOF celebration and this morning is the big parade complete with bands, lovely women and men marching and waving, plus there are lots of those big, floaty balloons. Yippee! Or not? Continue reading “Be the parade?”
As you step into a new day, what do you feel? What expectations do you always carry with you? Do you expect to succeed, to be well, to be filled with joy? Continue reading “Expect to be _____”
Hacking used to be a bad thing, I thought. Hacking into a computer, slamming away until you break through to something that had been hidden to you. Continue reading “Happiness hack”
Soothing. Isn’t that a lovely word? It makes me feel better to just say it, “Sooooooothing.”
What soothes you? Continue reading “Soothe, soothing, soooooooothing”
I love trees. I love the outdoors. I understand the power of spending time in nature. So, in my life spending time with 1000’s of trees, maybe more… how does one tree rise to the lofty honor of being my favorite? Allow me to tell you. Continue reading “My favorite tree”
Fall is my favorite season. Cooler weather brings sweaters and wool socks and the feeling of being cozy. Savoring a cup of warm tea- bringing its heat to my hands and warming me within. It’s time to bundle up a bit and take a hike in nature.
Nature is always such a powerful teacher. The trees often “speak” to me if I can slow my mind enough to listen. Continue reading “Let it go”
First there was self-care, a gentle nudge to take better care of your body mind and spirit. The idea started along with the rise of the civil rights movement and women’s rights. The concept grew that people needed to take an active role in taking care of themselves. Dan Rather opened a segment of 60 Minutes in 1979 with the statement, “Wellness: Now there’s a word you don’t hear every day.” Continue reading “Green self-care- making you and the planet healthier and happier”