Moving beyond suffering

“How do we react when bad things happen?” This question has been on my mind lately. It popped up earlier this summer when Night, my sweet ewe, died unexpectedly. Not too long afterwards I had a bit of a health crisis due to mass pesticide exposure (driving by a farm). Then last Thursday my mother had an extremely bad episode of heat exhaustion. I thought … Continue reading Moving beyond suffering

The Mindset Cycle

I’m so excited to collaborate this week with Kelly Clark. She is an amazing woman who does not settle for the status quo and instead works on her inner life to grow with faith, passion, grace, and humility. Don’t forget to check out her blog at Budding Joy. The Mindset Cycle: The 5 Steps of Personal Growth I don’t know about you but sometimes it … Continue reading The Mindset Cycle

One Hour a Day Self Care: Physical Activity

Last Friday we explored gratitude as self care. This week we are moving on to Physical Activity as self care. I’m not going to bore you with all the information on why moving and exercise is good for us all physically. If you really want to read an article, click here. Instead, let’s focus on what type of activities easily fit into a self care … Continue reading One Hour a Day Self Care: Physical Activity

One Hour a Day Self Care: Gratitude

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. Continue reading One Hour a Day Self Care: Gratitude

Boundaries Part 1 – What are They?

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 actually quite beautiful when he jumps. If he was a horse … Continue reading Boundaries Part 1 – What are They?

Enter the Stillness

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, businesses, farms, relationships, heartbreaks, triumphs, pain and joy I’ve clung … Continue reading Enter the Stillness

Monday’s Musings : I Can’t Do EVERYTHING

I was raised in a time of shifting ideology in this country. Traditional gender roles and second wave Feminism clashed in the media and stereotypes clashed around me as the child of a single mother in a male dominated industry. A male teacher told my mother he was shocked at how “well adjusted” I am considering I was from a “broken home”. Mom’s reply “children … Continue reading Monday’s Musings : I Can’t Do EVERYTHING