Last Minute Reprieve

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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… Continue reading

A Silver Lining

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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… Continue reading

August: Where did it go?

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August 29, 2013 – Wow! Where did the month go? August is my favorite month of the year and this year it just seemed to slip away. The month was punctuated with several… Continue reading

Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts

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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,… Continue reading

To Do List

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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 … Continue reading

Life on hold

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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… Continue reading

Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks

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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… Continue reading

Crops in Posts

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Whose eyes don’t feast on a stunning array of colorful flowers? Who doesn’t love the fragrance and flavors of the many plants that can be grown on balconies, decks and in other small… Continue reading

Heart Rose Meditation Redux

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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… Continue reading

Herbal Teas for You and Me

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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.

Everyday Meditation: Blue Sky Mind

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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.… Continue reading

Take care of what’s between your ears

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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… Continue reading

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

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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… Continue reading

Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live

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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… Continue reading

Revisiting Atisha’s Wisdom

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While I’m still packing and sending off books to the free store there are two more I have decided to keep. I’d like to share what they are with you. There are 21… Continue reading

Mentoring is Making a Difference

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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… Continue reading

Weeds and the Labyrinth

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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… Continue reading

Top Ten Tips for Summer Hair Care

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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… Continue reading

Health and Wellness Update

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I’m looking forward to a stress free future.  My plan to elevate my moods by retraining my brain and remaining mindful is working very well. Mindfulness points to being aware of and attentive… Continue reading

Happiness is Spring

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April has come and gone in a flurry of activity. The theme of the month was the title of this post. You can train your brain to become happier and that’s my intention.… Continue reading

Half the truth is no truth at all

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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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Healthy Snacks for Kids by Kids

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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… Continue reading

Still catching up

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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… Continue reading

Children Do What They See Done

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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… Continue reading

Compassion Quotations and Mantras

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Compassion may be defined as deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to relieve it. Our own suffering gives rise to compassion and can result in doing something for… Continue reading

Life Lessons: Aparigraha (non-grasping)

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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… Continue reading

Vibrancy and Saturation in Abstractions

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I’ve been exploring the difference between vibrancy and saturation in digital abstracts. Vibrant colors are very high on the scale of brightness. They are bright and striking colors that pulse with energy and suggest… Continue reading

The Great Compassion Mantra

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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… Continue reading

Re-energizing After a Lay-Off

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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… Continue reading

Favorite Valentine’s Day Song 2013

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My husband and I are baby boomers who  were young teens when rock and roll was loud and proud. Without doubt we liked rock music but we also liked Bob Dylan and other… Continue reading

A Difficult Week in Review

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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… Continue reading

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

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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… Continue reading

7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

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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… Continue reading

Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living

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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… Continue reading

The Spiritual Connectedness of Schizophrenia

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by Guest Author Jared Dealing with schizophrenia will put anyone who is diagnosed with the disorder on a long road to learning more about psychology, medication and themselves. 

Ani Choying Drolma: A Singing Nun With a Mission

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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… Continue reading

Train Your Brain to Become Happier

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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… Continue reading

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

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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… Continue reading

Sweet Recipes for the Winter Holidays

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I like making a few Christmas goodies to eat and have published some seasonal celebration recipes in this blog.  Every year I try some new recipes friends recommend and I’m rarely disappointed with… Continue reading

Spiritual Music – Winter Solstice

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Our Winter Solstice features renewing relationships through feasting, music and traditional storytelling. We always have such a wonderful time that I found myself searching for some Winter Solstice music online to kick-start the season.

Winter Celebrations

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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.  … Continue reading

Shop Local this Holiday Season

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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?

Enjoying Life Every Day

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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. 

An Attitude of Gratitude

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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… Continue reading

From Grief to Gratitude

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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… Continue reading

MUL Mantra

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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… Continue reading

Aad Guray Nameh

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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… Continue reading

Om Mani Padme Hum

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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… Continue reading