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…

Aphorisms and Quotes Inspire Me

Have you read Nichloas Taleb’s latest and very short book The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms? It begins with a short introduction that frames the aphorisms to follow. The Bed of Procrustes title is from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either…

Live in Joy, Peace and Love

Compassion without attachment is possible. Therefore, we need to clarify the distinctions between compassion and attachment. True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively. Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections…

Allow Love

I have always  loved music and have always loved the sound of wooden flutes.  Once long ago I discovered a recorder in a second hand shop and a little booklet explaining how to use it.  I tooted on that recorder whenever everyone else was out of the house and I day dreamed and  dreamed about…

Becoming your dream

Our mind is creating possibilities, projections, and variations on themes for our lives even while we sleep. It’s up to us to catch them and make them come true or not.  It’s important to remember dreams but what good does retaining these memories do you if you do not seek the information for the purpose…

Spread good thoughts!

Have you visited inspired type: where good thoughts are designed?  I love what I see there so I’m inviting you to check out these inspirational images.  It’s  a growing collection with new ideas weekly — thought provoking, encouraging and motivating. Spread good thoughts! If you see something there you like, please share it with your…

Joy, Love and Peace

The days of  making homemade Christmas cards and writing Christmas letters on store bought cards to send them off to others by mail are fast disappearing. Statistics are showing that, even more so than other years, Christmas greetings 2010 are increasingly being sent via ecards due to convenience and the instantaneous communication that internet provides.…

Love Dream Musica

New Video – Love Dream Musica – リラクゼーション音楽 Marcome Marcome’s world of ambient New Age music has a special quality that draws me. Her energy speaks of inner strength and optimism. This latest video remix offers a unique mix of serene sound and kinetic, electronic images. Find out more about Marcome, her philosophy, her music…

Simple Pleasures: Making Music

I was raised in the backcountry  in a family that encouraged vocalization, musicality and improvization.  No one was left out.  Everyone old or young was encouraged to vocalize in any way they wanted to, and to make music on instruments that were available or to create their own. The whole idea was to have a…

Childlike wonder and wisdom

Some artists spend their careers trying to recapture the sense of wonder and imagination they had as children.  I was reminded of that this summer while I sketched and watched my friends kids create artwork from flotsam and jetsam on the beach.  Their sand drawings,  sand castles,  driftwood forts, glass and shell and mobiles, and…

Dragonfly or Hummingbird?

I’ve been considering choosing a hummingbird or a dragonfly as a favicon. I have always identified the hummingbird which is one of my totem animals and where my First nations name (brightfeather) is derived from, so choosing a hummingbird as a favicon is a natural choice but I’m also drawn to dragonflies.  Please let me…

Easter and Spring Equinox Greetings

Easter is derived from two ancient traditions: Pagan and Judeo-Christian. Easter celebration is definitely traceable all the way back to ancient Babylonian trinitarian paganism, Circa 1500 B.C. Pagans have celebrated death and rebirth themes following the Spring Equinox for millennia. Passover Pasch can be traced to a pre-Israelite pagan ritual practiced by wandering Semitic shepherds.

A Spring View

A Spring View   Tu Fu (c. 750) Though a country be sundered, hills and rivers endure; And spring comes green again to trees and grasses Where petals have been shed like tears And lonely birds have sung their grief. …After the war-fires of three months, One message from home is worth a ton of…