Seize the Moment Surrender the Outcome

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.
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Looking Forward a Stress Free Future

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Last autumn was a good time to renew my strategy for the future because I recognized there is no magic potion that will guarantee a long, healthy life. I made an assessment of where I was at and where I wanted to be. Continue reading “Looking Forward a Stress Free Future”

Deeper Relationships

small talk As Winter Solstice approached I carefully considered what I wanted to leave behind and what I want to achieve in 2012.  In 2011 I was able to achieve my health and wellness goals. I had an unexpected opportunity to work side-by-side with my husband by traveling down a  path with heart that drew us closer together than we have ever been.  However,  during that time I met new people and re-discovered how very poor I am at making small talk work for me. Continue reading “Deeper Relationships”

Meditation Practice: Monkey Mind

mindfullness Peace is present right here and now in the present moment, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The only question is whether or not we are in touch with it.

I start my days in silence with nothing on my agenda other than just being.   As I exhale I sigh a single audible sigh, and then begin to seek the silence, what is that I hear? It’s the incessant  internal noise  Buddhists refer to as the chatter of the monkey mind. Continue reading “Meditation Practice: Monkey Mind”

Overcoming Chronic Illness and Stress

purple flowerOver the course of 3 years I have avoided becoming too personal in this blog, lest I become maudlin and repel readers. Today I’m choosing to share my experiences as a  person with invisible disabilities (fibromylagia, chronic fatigue,  multiple food and drug allergies) and how I have learned to take care of myself.  Hopefully, my readers will share what they do to take care of themselves in return. Continue reading “Overcoming Chronic Illness and Stress”

Change Comes from Within

laughing_nuns.jpg A Zen Buddhist opened up a hot-dog stand and his first customer paid with a £20 note. After waiting, the customer demanded, “Where’s my change?”

“Sir,” replied the Buddhist, “change must come from within.”

Why do I find it funny? It’s not just the play on words, I think it’s because it juxtaposes the spiritual and the material so brazenly. The monk is either on another planet or he is being cynically manipulative. That reminds me of some cult leaders I could mention, among which I would classify certain religious practitioners.

But change does indeed come from within. Even when change is imposed there is a factor of choice: acceptance or non-acceptance.

To change self-determinedly, one looks openly and objectively in the present moment to gain a new understanding, and then one can cast away prior misconceptions, false assumptions, inappropriate decisions and prejudices – and obtain a new freedom for action. Techniques of one kind or another are simply a catalyst to this process. Recovery of choice is what personal development is about. Source