Calming Fear and Finding Hope

There’s no question that times are tough right now for the whole planet. All the Fears The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever. We’ve lost so, so many people to the virus and many who survived the infection are fighting long-term debilitating symptoms, all while people argue about the very existence of this… Read more »

Invite Happiness

Happiness is something we’d all enjoy a little more of. We naturally want to feel better and to experience more joy, contentment, and pleasure. Happiness is the feeling that overall, life is good. It’s the feeling that causes a spontaneous smile to grace our face. You Can Increase Your Happiness One enjoyable activity that I’ve… Read more »

Soften

Three of my mentors have used the same word recently in different contexts to suggest a way of letting go, of allowing in, and of finding calm in the storm of life: “Soften.” I’ve been repeating the word to myself for everything from letting go of a negative thought to relaxing a tight muscle. And… Read more »

Don’t Wait

First, a reminder… Recently I mentioned that now is the time to use those special things you’ve been saving, such as the good dishes and glasses, the nice shirts you always save for special occasions, or the special soap someone gave you. I received some really sweet responses about how true it is that we… Read more »

The Power of the Pause

One of the many benefits of mindfulness meditation is gradually gaining an ability to see the microsecond of time between an event and our reaction to that event. This concept may be new, so let’s think about it on a smaller scale which we can relate with. When we meditate on the breath, we eventually… Read more »

Meditation For Those Of Us Over 50

We all know that a daily meditation practice has a wide range of benefits, such as feeling less stressed and anxious, sleeping better, reduced physical pain, increased patience, better focus and clarity, feeling more relaxed and calm, and having a better overall quality of life. But wait, there’s more… A well-known Harvard neuroscientist became interested… Read more »

You Deserve A Break

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the many ongoing thoughts of what needs to be done, what needs to be fixed, who needs to be paid, the shopping, the cleaning, schedules, doctor’s appointments, work, laundry… With all the worry in the front of your mind constantly, it doesn’t seem to leave room for thinking… Read more »

We ARE Worthy

In my last post, I mentioned that an unexpected opportunity showed up for me in the form of a last-minute opening at a writers’ retreat…in California! I had been looking at the possibility of attending a writers’ retreat next year but thinking, “who am I” to take time to go to a retreat. Ever have that… Read more »

Be Still and Breathe

We all have this amazing relaxation tool with us everywhere we go: our breathing. Most of the time we don’t even notice it. Breathing just happens automatically, thankfully, and we go about the business of our life. Or is that busy-ness? Because we stay so busy, we may forget to take a moment or two… Read more »