August is my favorite month of the year and this year it just seemed to slip away. The month was punctuated with several memorable visits and gatherings which I enjoyed so much. And, we have plans to share this the last summer long weekend with friends.
Granted I wasn’t up to functioning at a high level this month and maybe that’s a good thing as I do tend to overdo every summer. But I didn’t expect to have a crash course in what kidney stones were all about. Continue reading “August: Where did it go?”→
Sorbets and Sherbets are two sensational iced summer desserts with a vegetarian difference. Both are made with the same base ingredients ie. puréed fruits, sugar and water, but Sherbets can also contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites. Sorbets do not contain any eggs or dairy products and that makes them vegetarian sweets. Continue reading “Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts”→
I haven’t forgotten my blogs I simply don’t have time to update them. The pain from kidney stones is coming and going. I’m exhausted and bleary eyed. I am preparing for a decision re: hospitalization. Cross your fingers for me please. Continue reading “To Do List”→
July 30st, 2013- My life is on hold as I wait to get into a doctor’s appointment. I’m in excruciating pain again. It seems to be the same pain accompanied by the same symptoms I experienced off and on all last week. I think it’s pain from kidney stones. Please forgive my absence. Continue reading “Life on hold”→
Up to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water and we all have to drink a significant amount of water to replace routine water loss. Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. And summer time is when the risk of dehydration soars along with the temperature. One way to make sure we beat the heat, chill out and drink enough water is to make some cool summer beverages. Continue reading “Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks”→
It’s a year since the loss of my brother and my friend. When loving-kindness practice matures compassion deepens. This article contains some inspiring quotations and a very simple and beautiful loving kindness meditation focused on letting go of attachment through opening the heart.
Despite the prevailing myths to the contrary, caffeine has few proven health benefits. Caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person depending on metabolism and the amount consumed but some people like me experience nervousness and stomach upset when drinking it. Those are just two reasons why herbal teas are a better beverage choice for me. Perhaps they are a better choice for you too. Continue reading “Herbal Teas for You and Me”→
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.
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 that there’s genius in all of us as humans are problem solvers and problem solving is genius. Continue reading “Take care of what’s between your ears”→
Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent of CO2 emissions come from private home electricity usage, heating and waste. Wasting electrical energy prompts CO2-emitting power plants to produce more and heating with oil, wood and/or natural gas directly creates greenhouse gasses. Continue reading “Walking Lightly One Step at a Time”→
Volunteers make the good things in the world go round. Every act of goodwill creates a strong multiplier effect that everyone benefits from. Finding a volunteer position that will allow you to contribute your energy and skills to worthy causes in your own community means you can make a difference in the lives of others right where you live. Continue reading “Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live”→
Every one of us is able to contribute and make a difference to the people in our world in our own unique way. How we define success is up to the individual. Whether you want your life to make a difference and what difference you want your life to make is also up to the individual. Continue reading “Mentoring is Making a Difference”→
Spring is definitely here and our little dogs are enjoying being able to come and go from outdoors to indoors as the weather is balmy and the slider is open. Truth be told I’m as happy as they are because sunshine always cheers me up. Continue reading “Weeds and the Labyrinth”→
I love the water. While floating on my back in a pool, I realized I was feeling something wonderfully soothing – something I haven’t felt for years. It was the feeling of my hair floating and flowing with waves. Continue reading “Top Ten Tips for Summer Hair Care”→
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 because they provide vital trace elements for growth, then we can likewise choose to summon up enough empathy to become the sun and fertilizer in the lives of negatively focused people. Granted we may limit our time with them, but everyone we meet is our mirror, and if we want love to be reflected back to us then we need to be the light of love in their world. Continue reading “Half the truth is no truth at all”→
As most of the diseases humans of all ages suffer from are self-inflicted and many of them are “food – centered”, parents/caregivers and kids making lunches and snacks together is preventative medicine. Taking to time to make kids part of the food selection and preparation process early on means they learn what their bodies actually need to support healthy growth. Continue reading “Healthy Snacks for Kids by Kids”→
We to connect and communicate and we do that in comments. Sadly, I’m far behind in answering comments and owe those waiting a heartfelt apology. I am so sorry and hope you do not think poorly of me for not answering sooner. Continue reading “Still catching up”→
Nature is the overbearing factor in our behavior but nurture also has a role that cannot be neglected. Early exposure to violence, combined with poverty and abuse can shape our attitudes and behavior in such a way that the damage to the psyche will contribute to the manifestation of violence in thoughts and actions throughout our lives and can result in mental illness. Continue reading “Children Do What They See Done”→
I am as far as one can get from being an urban yoga practitioner. My husband and I choose to live a life of voluntary simplicity in a semi remote location. We waste not and want not. As we chose to drop out of the consumer driven society and are unimpressed with the unrelenting advertising that assails and assaults us when traveling to the city, we are uncomfortable when evidence of misguided yoga connected marketing success shows up on our shore. Continue reading “Life Lessons: Aparigraha (non-grasping)”→
Understanding the concept of suffering helps us understand and develop compassion. Suffering usually has a negative connotation yet it is a natural part of living, our cyclic existence, samsara, the cycle of birth and death. Continue reading “The Great Compassion Mantra”→
Everyone is familiar with energy drain. Researchers are studying the links between what we eat, how we work and live and how we feel. There are different kinds of fatigue and different ways to improve your energy level. How do you know if your low energy is caused by underlying disease or is the result of lifestyle factors, stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, or normal aging? Continue reading “Re-energizing After a Lay-Off”→
On islands of sorrow, across oceans of grief, all over the world there will be no tomorrow for marine life and ocean birds. They ingest our waste, starve, writhe in agony and die, and we are none the wiser.
The oceans are precious, yet we fill them with lethal junk that doesn’t break down in the environment, junk that’s the agent of death for the life that’s left in the wild. We sit in front of our TV’s and believe the wilderness we see there is intact. Well it isn’t and that’s a fact. If you lived on a tiny island like me, you would begin to see a glimpse of what we are doing to the seas. Continue reading “Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief”→
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 opportunities for my growth.
I acknowledged that every person in my life is my mirror. By remaining aware that each one was reflecting aspects of my own consciousness back to me, I was able not to take their negativity personally. Continue reading “A Difficult Week in Review”→
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 you have had an exercise program and abandoned it, starting over again is a shame-filled, fear-filled and painful challenge to overcome. Continue reading “Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength”→
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 it’s no surprise the nutrition pendulum has swung back toward eating unaltered food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it. Continue reading “7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health”→
Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working for someone else. Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple dream come true. We moved to where we wanted to live, purchased a home, committed to voluntary simplicity and built our own business from the bottom up. Continue reading “Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living”→
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 using her voice to fund her school for Nepali orphans. Continue reading “Ani Choying Drolma: A Singing Nun With a Mission”→
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 pharmaceutical drugs due to allergic responses so I have to rely on keeping my physical health and mental health in balance through alternative means. Continue reading “Train Your Brain to Become Happier”→
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 is stressful and stress is a killer. Continue reading “Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?”→
Every December I walk in the woods with my small wheelbarrow, a hand saw and pruning shears to collect wreath making materials. Fallen cedar, fir and tamarack branches, mosses and lichens, ivies, cones and berries are exactly what I’m looking for. Each wreath I make is made from different combination of materials and has a different theme. I tart them up with tiny ornaments, ribbons and such that I purchase at liquidator sales. Continue reading “Spiritual Music – Winter Solstice”→
The holidays are here! It’s a wonderful time of year when the twinkling lights go up on trees and we awake, as my Beloved and I did today, to a snowy winter wonderland. The winds are blowing, the sky is thick with falling snowflakes, and the power is surging on and off. So in case we are rudely interrupted I want to publish my best wishes for love and laughter in this season of good cheer. Continue reading “Winter Celebrations”→
I love some things about this Solstice, Hannukah, Chrismas, Kwaanza season. It’s truly the season of good cheer and well wishes but times are hard. No one is flush with money. Everyone is reluctant to increase their debt.
Local business people and charities make a significant positive contribution to the quality of life in our communities all year round. Shopping local is the first step towards ensuring community success and security in a competitive global market and I’m shopping local. How about you? Continue reading “Shop Local this Holiday Season”→
Freedom is the ability to pursue living your life within the constraints of society, culture and the law, without depriving others of their opportunities to experience the same. Continue reading “Enjoying Life Every Day”→
There’s theme that’s reverberating for me that’s not only prompted by this time of the year. It’s not the consumer madness that overtakes people on Black Friday– it’s gratitude. Is it reverberating for you? Continue reading “From Grief to Gratitude”→
The Mool Mantra (also spelled Mul Mantra) is the most important composition contained within the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs; it is the basis of Sikhism. The word “Mool” means “main”, “root” or “chief” and “Mantar” means “magic chant” or “magic portion”. It is a most brief composition encompassing the entire universally complex theology of the Sikh faith. Continue reading “MUL Mantra”→
The Sanskrit word mantra- (m.; also n. mantram) consists of the root man- “to think” (also in manas “mind”) and the suffix -tra, designating tools or instruments, hence a literal translation would be “instrument of thought”.
I’m sharing three different versions of the Aad Guray Nameh mantra in this article, hoping you will give an ear to them and then share your responses to them with me. Continue reading “Aad Guray Nameh”→
Mantras can be orally chanted, intoned, visualized and/or repeated mentally to oneself. Mantras can also be sung. I love singing. Vocal improvisation and mantras are a part of my practice. In this post I’m sharing two very different versions of the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra and I hoping you will give an ear to both. Continue reading “Om Mani Padme Hum”→
Over the course of 100 years thousands of Canada’s service men and women sacrificed their lives for the greater good. Recent research confirms more Canadians than ever want Remembrance Day to demonstrate respect for the fallen in all wars. At Memorial Cairns on Remembrance Day from sea to shining sea we will conduct our services and lay wreaths to recognize the Canadians that give us the will to preserve freedom and uphold peace. Continue reading “Canada Remembers”→
I don’t listen to music that demands my attention while I work. I don’t like listening to music with a driving beat that makes me feel like dancing or catchy lyrics that make me want to sing along. I select music that’s restful and relaxing. While I work online I listen to ambient music but I don’t find any of the definitions are really a fit for the music I like to listen to. Continue reading “Ambient Music for Working Online”→