Meditation & Pandora’s Box

So you finally decided to try meditation. Everywhere you turn you hear about its benefits: reduced stress, increased energy, focus, clarity, lower blood pressure, world peace! You sit down, assume the position and turn your gaze inward…expecting a pleasant flood of peace and clarity. Instead you find chaos and confusion.  WHAT!? It’s a bit like openingContinue reading “Meditation & Pandora’s Box”

Lessons in Mindful Living Using Illustrated Journalling

These days of Covid’s 2nd wave are teaching me lessons that I need to learn, many of them for the ump-teenth time. I am very fortunate to be healthy and comfortably retired, so I am not trying to balance working from home with childcare, eldercare or health concerns. And I am not worrying about whereContinue reading “Lessons in Mindful Living Using Illustrated Journalling”

Addicted to Interruption

Lately I have been reading this lovely and inspiring book – “Looking at Mindfulness” by Christophe Andre. I’d like to share some of the ideas he writes about, because I think he has so beautifully clarified why we need mindfulness so badly. Christophe warns of the pollution of the mind that we are all exposedContinue reading “Addicted to Interruption”

Living for Today

Inspired by Matthew 6:25-34 (…consider the lilies of the field) What kind of life do you want?  Are you willing to trust in the goodness of the Creator?  Are you willing to surrender your relentless pursuit of perfection? Are you willing to stop imagining all of your possible future troubles? Today will unfold as itContinue reading “Living for Today”

Living for Today – part 8

Make the desires of your heart known to the Creator and then let them go. Live in the present moment, and take a small step in the direction of your dreams. Be present – right here, right now. Now is where you can put your energy. Now where you can affect the future.  Stop spinningContinue reading “Living for Today – part 8”

34. Freedom

What is Freedom to me? Cessation of judgment and resistance: of myself, others, the world, anything and everything. Letting go of regret and fear. The release of expertise: “I don’t knooooow…” Relaxing and rising into the rhythm of the universe, Taking in the beauty and joy of what is right here, right now, I find Lightness ofContinue reading “34. Freedom”

31. The Price of Freedom

Here is the alternative to a guarded heart – Vulnerability.  Exposure is the price of freedom. A guarded heart is a heart imprisoned.  An exposed heart is free.  Think of the Grinch: A guarded heart is clenched and shrinking. Fear begets fear. An exposed heart is open, relaxed and growing. Love begets love. An exposedContinue reading “31. The Price of Freedom”

29. The Alchemy of the Peacock

Alchemy was the forerunner to modern day Chemistry; a mysterious and seemingly magical practice where base metals were transformed into gold. This sketch depicts the alchemy, the transformation, of arrows of negative thoughts and feelings, into the flowers of understanding and peace.  How is this accomplished?  By carefully observing our negative thoughts and feelings throughContinue reading “29. The Alchemy of the Peacock”

14. Get Out of Your Head!

Do you ever feel like your brain is going to over heat? Boy, there have been days, and nights, when I felt so overwhelmed that it was hard to see a way forward. Adrenalin was coursing through my veins, and my brain was in overdrive, trying to think my way out of the latest perceivedContinue reading “14. Get Out of Your Head!”