Attitude of Gratitude

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude When I find myself struggling in some way, whether having difficulty accepting a current situation, having a day that just doesn’t seem to be going my way, or experiencing stress, I feel better immediately when I stop for a moment to identify a few things for which I’m grateful. Having an attitude of gratitude goes a long...[ read more ]

The Secret of Health

The Secret of Health The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.        Buddha. This is a wonderful quote for centering and generally being mindful. In light of the current...[ read more ]

My grandma was my hero

My grandma was my hero   My grandma was my hero. It’s taken me 50 years to really learn to follow her example, and I’m still working on it, but she was always there guiding me. Had she not experienced the heart break of losing her love, my wonderful grandpa, at 93, I and all of my family have no...[ read more ]

Just Smile

Just Smile Who doesn’t like to smile? But, I often don’t do it enough. It’s not that I’m frowning or not happy, but I don’t actively smile as much as I could. Smiling has multiple benefits, not the least of which is making the world a better place. We all know that it’s contagious…if you smile at others, most people...[ read more ]


Mindfulness I attended a great workshop last week on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. The idea behind mindfulness is to be fully aware in the moment, in the present. We can't be present if we're focused on the past or future. One of the many things I took away with me from the workshop was a great way to make this more...[ read more ]

Simple Things

Simple Things I find that my day becomes infinitely better when I just focus on little, simple things and experience them with gratitude. This can be seeing a ladybug on a leaf. Hearing a favorite song on the radio in the car. Getting a text or phone call from a good friend. Snuggles with my dog. The key is to...[ read more ]

The only real sign of life is growth

The only real sign of life is growth “The thing is, the only real sign of life is growth. And growth requires pain. So to choose life is to accept pain. Some people go to such lengths to avoid pain that they give up on life. They bury their hearts, or they drug or drink themselves numb until they don’t...[ read more ]

Reframing Negative Thoughts

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Reframing Negative Thoughts I went on a wonderful personal retreat in Sedona this spring. Among many, the most important thing I brought back with me is the most simple 2-word phrase…”So what?” You’ve probably heard, “It just is,” or “Let it go,” or other equally helpful statements. Like the others, “So what?” helps me to regain perspective on whatever it...[ read more ]

We shall overcome

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We shall overcome I’m always encouraged—invigorated, while hiking through an area which Nature, finally left alone, is reclaiming. It reminds me and reconfirms that like Nature, we are strong and resilient and with enough work and faith we can overcome even the most challenging of obstacles. Like the little tree that gets bent under mounds of snow is able to...[ read more ]

The Power of Intention II

The Power of Intention II You’re probably aware of and maybe read or watched “The Secret”, a book and movie about manifesting the life you want to live. This is all based upon the use of your intention to urge the universe to create that which you desire. Your intention can be likened to your energy or thoughts. What you...[ read more ]