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 […]Read More Clinging to Stuff
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 […]Read More Finding Joy in the Morning!
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 […]Read More Have the Courage to Retire!
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 […]Read More In Honor of Earth Day
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 […]Read More Love Is In The Air!
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 […]Read More Mindful House Cleaning
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 […]Read More Mindful Writing
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, […]Read More Anything But Calm
Memories of Love and Loss Today is my late husband’s birthday. It’s impossible for me to capture my memories of this brilliant man and what’s it’s been like being without him for the last ten years. Instead, I’m sharing the lyrics of a song that I love. Enjoy! Diamonds & Rust Joan Baez Well I’ll […]Read More Memories of Love and Loss
Photo from Psychology Today Estrangement and Reconciliation: A Mindful Perspective “If you are lost in disappointment about the future or the past, you are not fully and authentically present in the moment.” –Phillip Moffitt My brother and I have been estranged for over five years. I don’t know which is worse – the hurt that […]Read More Estrangement and Reconciliation: A Mindful Perspective