Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. - Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
The benefits of becoming a mediator include better focus, less anxiety, more compassion, better memory, less stress, and more gray matter. And, one can learn how to meditate and benefit from doing so at any age.
After World War II urban planning separated farming and city living. Cities became food deserts overshadowed by high rises; family farms were replaced by factory farms. As time passed awareness about what we eat, how it’s produced, and concerns about health and environment issues led to a resurgence of backyard gardening, and the emergence of…
Some bloggers post cat pictures. I like cats but none, not a single one, is as photogenic as my three dogs are. So take a peek at the King of Cute and eat your heart out feline image lovers, because without doubt, he kicks cat butt any day of the week … so there. ;)
March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That tsunami wiped out Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and in doing so, washed away the people’s confidence in nuclear power.
March came in like a Snow Lion but the snow and cold didn’t last for long. A few days after the power was restored we replaced our parkas and toques with raincoats and umbrellas. Today is Spring (Vernal) Equinox and the Sakura (cherry blossoms) are heralding the change of season.
When I made the decision take better care of myself ie. to love myself I made several changes. The most important thing I could do to improve my health was quitting smoking. Butting out to live longer was not easy but I did make it after several attempts.
The little girl with braided hair was last to enter the room after the bell rang. She joined the others who circled the teacher’s position, watching attentively over her shoulders as she wet the brush and prepared the ink stone.
Change and death are essential elements of life itself but we instinctively resist both. There are numerous reasons for resistance to change be it either unexpected or expected and they are rooted in fear. Nothing is as upsetting to the human psyche as unexpected change because nothing has greater potential to cause us harm.
New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being easy to break but don’t ever let breaking a promise to yourself stop you from beginning again. Each and every moment offers an opportunity to start something new.
Are you nurturing a ridiculous idea that could be the lead to a successful venture? Some ideas seem brilliant at first but don’t pan out, while others seem wacky and wind up making millions!
I have created a new category called Timeless topics for visual posts with minimal text like this example: Applause Time After Time. All posts will be aimed to provide inspiration for those, who are focused on self improvement and most will be less than 250 words in length. Just long enough to read and ponder…
The last note was a blue note and silence filled the room for 40 seconds when the sound of applause burst like a bomb. The audience rose to their feet with right arms raised and fists pumping into space. The sight amazed her. The sound was intoxicating – addictive.
Happy Holidays Whichever ones apply: Jewish, Christian, Pagan, secular! People of goodwill aren’t particular. At our indoor Winter Solstice celebration year we have a “peace tree” or, if you prefer, a “wishes tree”.
Have you ever tried making your own greetings cards? I’ve been making homemade greeting cards for years and each year I rise to the challenge to try new materials and new styles of cards, especially at Christmas time.
Letter volumes are down and online bill payment billing has replaced most snail mail payments, but Canada Post’s financial situation is not as dire as one might think, so the plan to cut door-to-door delivery to the last five million Canadian homes getting it is a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings.
I’ve been feeling so good about the way I’ve been taking care of my business and by that I mean my health and happiness. That’s not to say that making a living isn’t something I’m taking care of too because I am. It is to say that I have my priorities straight so I’m experiencing…
I have finally learned a life lesson I have failed to learn many times before. Being productive isn’t about doing more. Being productive is about doing less and doing what I choose to do better.
Whew! Am I ever relieved. It seems I won’t be hospitalized. I bought a new robe and slippers and upon returning home I got a call from my urologist. The ultrasound which is more accurate shows one stone left but the x-ray does not reveal it. We are hoping the stone will dissolve and become…
I was disappointed to find out the results of my ultrasound pointed to surgery. My perception was that hospital was a negative place to be going and I was feeling down because I was afraid. You see, my brother, who died just a year ago contracted two hospital born diseases (hepatitis C and MRSA) and…