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Defining Success

  I’ve been in a transition phase (again). Last month I answered Bri Saussy’s journal prompt from her Book of Hours, “What can I stop pretending to be/do?” I wrote that I need to stop pretending that I have an online business because I don’t. I can stop pretending I’m writing a book because I’m…

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Open the door to creativity

Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty. ~ Anne Lamott   The empty page. A blank canvas. Knitting needles and a ball of yarn. Fabric and thread.…

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Get Outside!

There are so many benefits to spending time in nature! It can help increase the quality of your sleep, reduce depression, and improve mental health. Being in nature can also help control pain and negative stress.   In our high-tech society, it appears to be increasingly difficult to connect with nature, even for kids. Why So…

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The I-Feel-Fat-Ugly-Old Guide to Spiritual Well-Being

Yes, I’ve been around the block a time or two, maybe three. I know what my self-talk patterns are really about. Cycles of despair. Neural ruts. They sound like this. I feel fat. I hate myself. If I eat, I’ll feel better. No, really. If I eat too much then I can obsess over my…

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Becoming Lighter

  Stay with Your Broken Heart “To stay with that shakiness–to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge–that is the path of true awakening.  Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic–this is…

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There is a word for it

  Shenpa.   What is shenpa? I appreciate Pema Chodron’s teachings on shenpa because she has helped me identify the insidious nature of my mind.  Have you ever had a broken tooth and been unable to stop your tongue from running over the jagged edge?  That is shenpa. The broken tooth can be an event…

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Change Your Perspective

When trying to problem-solve it’s good to get some distance in order to look at it in a different way.  You know that old adage, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.”  When bogged down by challenges, we are are often just too close to see what’s going on.   How do you get…

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Self-compassion Grows by Practicing Self-care

  I love the moon and her spiral cycles!  What’s almost inconceivable to me is that, “It’s the same moon!”  For as long as human beings have been on the planet, we have all watched the same moon! It’s ever changing and always beautiful.  Do you take time out occasionally to look up at the…

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