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

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy
Conscious living / Gratitude / Happiness / Journal writing / Personal Development / Relationships

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy

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 … 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

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?
Conscious living / Internet Relationships / Personal Development / Psychology / Relationships

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Gratitude / Humor / Inspiration / Relationships

An Attitude of Gratitude

My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life. My life is not less stressful than it was before I began this commitment, but my coping skills are improving as I make … Continue reading

Conscious living / Emotional healing / Happiness / Relationships

Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom: Letting Go, Moving On, and Growing

College and school teach many things. While primary schools is very much about learning facts and figures, college is more about learning who you are and what you’re passionate about. A lot of self-realization and personal growth happens in college—not the least of which being how to become a true adult. These lessons aren’t learned … Continue reading

Happiness / Health and Wellness / Humor / Relationships

Learn to Include More Humour in your Life

Learning to include more humour in your life can have a significant effect on your overall health. Being able to see the funny side of things can produce general health benefits, and can also help to build and reinforce relationships. Some ways to boost your humour levels include not taking yourself as seriously, while knowing … Continue reading

Buddhism / Conscious living / Emotional healing / Relationships

Entanglement and its Antidote, Detachment

Our ability to enjoy our lives and relationships reflect our habits — habits that reflect our personal history, family and cultural traditions and our entanglements. Family background plays a key role in shaping future family relationships, as typically, those who are easily entangled come from families that are  chaotic and not skilled at emotional communications, … Continue reading

Buddhism / Health and Wellness / Relationships

Spring is Cherry Blossom Time

The cherry blossom season from March to mid-April is a relatively short and brilliantly beautiful beginning of  spring.  Cherry blossoms are the quintessential expression of Mono no aware. It’s the Japanese aesthetic concept that highlights awareness of the inherent transience and impermanence of all things.  The custom of hanami dates back many centuries in Japan: … Continue reading

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships
Happiness / Personality / Psychology / Relationships

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships

The Oxford Happiness Inventory and a battery of personality measures were completed by 171 subjects. The results showed predicted positive correlations for happiness with satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and sociability and negative correlations of happiness with embarrass-ability, loneliness, shyness, and social anxiety.  Continue reading

Buddhism / compassion / Inspiration / Psychology / Relationships

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 … Continue reading

Children / Happiness / Inspiration / Relationships / Wisdom

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 … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Relationships / Spirituality / Yoga

Yoga, Aging, Intimacy & Sexuality

Touching is a vital human need and an essential ingredient for healthy relationships. Studies have shown that without touching, many animals – including humans – will die in childhood. Being caressed also lowers blood pressure and releases natural opiates in the brain, as well as the chemical oxytocin, which is essential for human pair-bonding. Continue reading