Throughout the Jewish and Christian scriptures the writers speak about coming into God’s presence with thanksgiving. Buddha taught that we are to practice gratitude regardless of our life’s condition because it is part of our integrity. In other words – finding something to be grateful for even when things are tough helps us to grow. You don’t even need to believe in a higher power for gratitude to increase your neurochemical sense of well-being and love.
Last Monday was a general introduction to journaling. This week we’re heading into the various types of journals that people keep. Some are more popular than others. And the great thing is – you don’t have to keep just one type! Food Journal This one sounds like a pretty boring type. It’s not. It’s actuallyContinue reading “Journals Part 2: All Kinds of Journals”
In case you’re wondering – that’s pulled directly from my journal entry dated August 30, 2000. I have the wonderful fortune to be part of a family that writes. I watched my grandmother and mother write in their daily journals growing up. My grandfather carried a small notebook to keep his thoughts in. It stayedContinue reading “The Journey Through Journaling”
In 1996 a group of teenagers from all over the United States took a trip to Peru. Several of the young ladies were from the Midwest. I’ll never forget the look on one young woman’s face when a very well respected lacol pastor embraced her and kissed her cheek. Or the look on the lineContinue reading “Honest Affection”
Welcome to our last post in the Boundaries series. If you haven’t read the other blog posts I highly encourage you to do so. In the country we use perimeter fencing to keep our stock in and visitor coming to the main gate. But, we also use cross fencing, or internal boundaries, to keep ourContinue reading “Boundaries Part 4 – Cross Fencing: Internal Boundaries”
The past weeks we’ve been discussing boundaries. You know why we all need boundaries and how to set them. This week is on what to do when people refuse to respect those newly set boundaries. I truly believe most people are good natured and don’t want to hurt others. Some people take a bit toContinue reading “Boundaries Part 3: Dealing with Fence Cutter”
Setting healthy boundaries is one of the hardest life skills I’ve tackled. In the past feared losing the person or offending them. I grew up with my grandmother who herself lost a mother at a young age, was abandoned by an alcoholic father, and then was passed through the family until her very hard grandmotherContinue reading “Boundaries Part 2 – Putting in Fences: How to Set and Communicate Boundaries”
Profit recently learned to jump fences. Considering that Serenity is directly across the street from a small school this is not a good thing. Profit is a one thousand pound working steer in training to become an ox. At this point in his life he a half ton puppy who LOVES children. He is actuallyContinue reading “Boundaries Part 1 – What are They?”
When I was in grade school I found a book called Cowboy Wisdom. It was a collection of simple sayings. I read it one afternoon almost thirty years ago. One quote has stuck with me most of my life. “Find a place you can enter the Stillness” Over the busy decades packed with degrees, volunteering,Continue reading “Enter the Stillness”
I was in K-5, sitting hunched up under the great big pine tree on the recess field reading my science book. It was an ache and burning feeling. That aching and burning have become a constant companion over the past thirty five years.