Life with Spirit

Photo courtesy of Erica Lynn Imagur.com  “I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” –Gilda Radner “It’s love-time, Spirit”!  I had finished putting away the left-overs from dinner and cleaning up the dishes.  The rhythmic sound of the dishwasher signaled that […]

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7 Ways of Thinking that Must Change

Photo Courtesy of Alcosphoto 7 Ways of Thinking That Must Change “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.” — Albert Einstein, 1954 Lately, I’ve been both sad and angry with current thinking which seems to normalize viewpoints that, at least to my mind, are immoral, unethical, and even […]

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Clinging to Stuff

Photo from aspiremag.net Clinging to Stuff “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh For years, my late husband, Chris, and I tried to sell our townhouse.  From […]

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Finding Joy in the Morning!

Photo Used With Permission by Alcosphoto. Finding Joy in the Morning! “Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.”   ― Robert Louis Stevenson Is there anything joyful about our mornings?  Or do we stumble to the coffeepot and wish we were still […]

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Have the Courage to Retire!

Photo used with permission from Vivian Spathopoulos Have the Courage to Retire! “Don’t think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drive into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let […]

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In Honor of Earth Day

In Honor of Earth Day I recently had the pleasure of experiencing this meditation in my class, The Artist’s Way.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  The Leaf:  A Meditation on Transitions By Joyce Rupp You will need to find a leaf for this meditation.  It is best to find a […]

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Love Is In The Air!

Love Is In The Air! In springtime, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. -Emma Racine deFleur Spring is a magical time on Manklin Creek, the ocean channel behind my house.  This year, Ol’ Man Winter has been reluctant to leave so the marsh grasses […]

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Mindful House Cleaning

Photo from Wildmind.org Mindful Housecleaning “Before Enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water”. –Zen proverb Are you kidding?  I hate to clean.  Especially the bathrooms.  I mean, who enjoys cleaning the toilet?  I never could get ahead of the dust and dirt in my home before I retired.  When Jim and […]

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Mindful Writing

Photo:  Overboardsportfishing.com Mindful Writing “Instructions for living a life.  Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”  ― Mary Oliver I’ve wanted to write about writing for some time now.  Writing this blog and my daily Morning Pages have enhanced my life of mindful retirement in ways that are so significant that I just can’t put off […]

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Anything But Calm

Photo from Lynn DiGennaro Anything But Calm “It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously.”         -Oscar Wilde Yesterday’s excursion to the inlet was, upon reflection, hilarious.  I was sitting in the front seat of the Subaru watching Jim and Chuck, one of our two Welsh Terriers, […]

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