Mantras to lighten your load

Om -The Universe Mantras are phrases that can be very useful in helping us to reprogram our minds and our lives. Our reality is based on our perception of it. So by repeating a key phrase, we are able to cleanse or clear our perceptions to help us to see more clearly. Mantras can alsoContinue reading “Mantras to lighten your load”

A Life Altering Choice

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu Sometimes as we move through life we make choices that at the time seem relatively inconsequential. The choice seems right so we go with it. Enough said. Well, maybe. In reflecting on the changes I’ve made in my life over the last year,Continue reading “A Life Altering Choice”

Walking in Another’s Shoes

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” -Henry David Thoreau The morning schedule was busy with patients who needed physical therapy reassessments and evaluations. This meant writing two notes per patient, testing each patient and “extra” brain work to analyze the test scores. The headacheContinue reading “Walking in Another’s Shoes”

The Middle Way of Balance in 3 Parts

~~~ Part I The sweet scent of her body soap transports me back to my grandmother’s home where the little girl’s legs stretch to step into the ceramic tile lined shower. The scent of the familiar maternal soap fills her nostrils as the cold tile submits to the warmth of the water beating down uponContinue reading “The Middle Way of Balance in 3 Parts”

Writing is…

My medicine. The salve for my wounds. It is my outlet, my inlet. It gives me insight and perspective. Through words I connect more deeply with myself and others. Writing is my gateway to sanity, though I often write insanely. Writing is my pleasure and my pain. It is my balance and imbalance. It isContinue reading “Writing is…”

Heart-to-Heart Conversation

This past Sunday, I had to have a heart-to-heart conversation with a dear friend. This person was becoming very sad that her efforts on a project did not seem to be appreciated. She had been doing a lot of work and she just did not feel that others were really seeing what she was doing.Continue reading “Heart-to-Heart Conversation”

May we be free of this: Tonglen Meditation

Freedom. Freedom from pain. Freedom from suffering. Freedom from that which no longer serves. Freedom from attachment. Freedom to be ourselves. Freedom to be. Can you guess what my “word of the year” might be?  I’ll give you three chances and only the first one is right… Yes, it is freedom. After seeing The Elephant Journal article about TonglenContinue reading “May we be free of this: Tonglen Meditation”

Shadows of Death

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I shall fear no evil. – Psalm 23 In Buddhism, Shiva, the creator and the destroyer, represents the process of breaking down that needs to occur prior to being able to build back up. Nature is filled with examples of this idea of deathContinue reading “Shadows of Death”

This, again?!

I’ve already done this. This path is not new. I’ve walked this road and conquered it….so why am I here? Why this, again?! I want to scream. I want to claw out of this body. “The longer you resist, the longer you spin in this energy of confusion,” my quiet inner voice responds. “But, but,Continue reading “This, again?!”

A Discourse on Darkness

Many eschew the darkness. Most fear it. (This avoidance and fear energy just gives the darkness more power.) Here I will discuss why I feel that darkness is important. Imagine for a moment a life without any shadows. What do you see? Light. Do you see anything else? Well, if there are no shadows, IContinue reading “A Discourse on Darkness”

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