Saying the Final Goodbye

I unexpectedly lost a friend this past week. A very significant friend. She was my meditation partner and best cuddle buddy. I’m talking about my cat. But for those of us who have significant spiritual relationships with animals the loss of an animal friend can be as difficult as the loss of a human relationship. Maybe more difficult. Sophie and I spent ten wonderful years … Continue reading Saying the Final Goodbye

Mending Clothes – a Forgotten Skill with Global Impact

I recently made a trip to the thrift store to purchase new long sleeved men’s shirts for the winter. I happily found three shirts in like new condition. Two were missing buttons, yet the replacement buttons were still attached at the bottom of the placket. I suspect the missing button may have been the reason they were discarded. Very often I purchase clothing that is … Continue reading Mending Clothes – a Forgotten Skill with Global Impact

A Life Possessed, Not Owned

I do not own a car. I do have partial possession of one. I have known individuals who own an automobile, but that vehicle is possessed by the local impound. Without ownership I have the ability to use a valuable tool to bless myself and others. Yet, some people I know with ownership but not possession can not bless themselves or others with a similar … Continue reading A Life Possessed, Not Owned

Control’s Perspective

On the surface it looks bleak. It sounds like a judgement, a put down. And frankly, if you are actively engaged in judging yourself and others everything sounds like a put down and a judgement. “I’ll never get it right, and I’ll never get it done. Why even try?” At some point we all have our inner Eyor speak up in a gloomy, glum way. Continue reading Control’s Perspective

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

Journals Part 2: All Kinds of Journals

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 actually a very exciting journal if you are struggling with weight, … Continue reading Journals Part 2: All Kinds of Journals

The Journey Through Journaling

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 stayed in his shirt pocket along with a small pencil kept … Continue reading The Journey Through Journaling