Environment

Let it Snow

The Gulf Islands are a chain of islands located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. From the air in summer time the 13 major islands and  450 smaller islands look like emeralds in a bracelet. This week those emerald islands are frosted with an overlay of snow and they glitter like diamonds. Continue reading

Conscious living / Identity / Impermanence / Personal Development / Relationships / Timeless topics

Individuality and Compassionate Connection

Time and conscious experience of spaciousness give us perspective, an opportunity to become observers of our “self”. We tend to think to think our self is unchanging despite the fact that change is the only constant. We deceive ourselves by believing there is a set in stone “me” when that’s not so. Continue reading

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New Eyes

I do have draft posts in development for both blogs but I’m having some difficulty adjusting to my new glasses, as opposed to getting them adjusted, which I’ll do later today. I didn’t realize how bad my eyesight had become.  Seeing better is  great but I have eyestrain, so though I am behind in the … Continue reading

Conscious living

Buddhist Peace Chant

Hanshan Temple; literally “Cold Mountain Temple”, is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou, China. Built in the Liang period (502-557) of the Southern Dynasty Hanshan Temple was originally named Miaolipumingta. The temple was later given its present name because Han Shan, an eminent monk in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), had lived there. — Hanshan … Continue reading

Buddhism / Buddhist Meditation / Meditation / Relaxation Techniques

Everyday Meditation: Blue Sky Mind

Meditation is becoming aware of the vital stillness and hearing within that stillness. It is the stillness that’s naturally present before you become attached to thoughts and things; before you identify with thought-feeling-reaction. In this meditation you will be using the visualization of a blue sky with clouds passing through it as the “virtuous” object … Continue reading

Art therapy / Health and Wellness / Inspiration

Take care of what’s between your ears

A genius is a talented person who has an exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.  It’s those who transcend boundaries such as those of the time and space continuum and provide solutions that extend into the future who we recognize as geniuses. However, if we pause to consider the definition we may recognize … Continue reading

Half the truth is no truth at all
Buddhism / compassion / Conscious living / Emotional intelligence / Personal Development / Psychology / Relationships

Half the truth is no truth at all

Here’s a brief gardening analogy I will use to introduce what I’m about to share with my readers. If we recognize that positively focused people are like fertilizer and rain that helps us blossom and grow in our own lives. And, we also recognize it’s not wise to pull every weed out of our gardens … Continue reading

Conscious living / Health and Wellness / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

A Difficult Week in Review

Last week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy. I have resolved not to shun the so-called difficult people in my life for two self serving reasons. They teach me important lessons about myself, and learning from them provides  … Continue reading

Buddhist Meditation / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Inspiration / Tonglen

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Food / Health and Wellness / Recipes

7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

Today’s nutrition message is ‘dump the junk; eat real food’.  I heard the call to eat healthy and enjoy life and acted on it.  Have you? Obesity, heart disease and strokes are prevalent. It’s clear that many people aren’t either wise or moderate when it comes to the variety of foods and quantities they consume.  So … Continue reading

Buddhist Meditation / compassion / Conscious living / Meditation

Ani Choying Drolma: A Singing Nun With a Mission

I am an admirer of Ani Choying Drolma, also known as Choying Drolma and Ani Choying.  She is a Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. Throughout the world Ani Choying is known for her compassion, her lovely smile, and her beautiful voice.  Rather than just relying on prayer alone, she is … Continue reading

brain training / Buddhism / Conscious living / Gratitude / Happiness / Health and Wellness / Inspiration

Train Your Brain to Become Happier

Depression has played a major role in my life since I was a child. There have been many times I had to struggle to make the happiness choice minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day. Granted in some cases of depression therapeutic intervention may be necessary.  But I am unable to take … Continue reading