Photo courtesy of Alcosphotos Matters of Life and Death “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the […]Read More Matters of Life and Death
Let’s Dance! Photo: http://www.ephesustoursguide.com/must-see-places-in-turkey/whirling-dervish-monastery-shrine-of-rumi.html ‘The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.’ –Alan Watts I’ve been thinking about dance a lot lately. I think my contemplation began when I stumbled across an old and iconic YouTube video of Joe Cocker and Jim Belushi dancing […]Read More Let’s Dance!
A Bagel and… “Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.” –Rita Moreno Before I retired I rarely had time to enjoy a leisurely morning at a local coffee shop. Instead, I would stop at a Starbucks on my way to a morning consulting assignment or a university faculty meeting, […]Read More A Bagel and…
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 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
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
Photo by What-Buddha-Said.net Sugar Detox: My New Year’s Mindful Goal “The longing for sweets is really a yearning for love or “sweetness.” […]Read More Sugar Detox: My New Year’s Mindful Goal
Mindfulness after Sixty: 21 Practices “The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” –Jon Kabat -Zinn I’ve been on this mindfulness journey for several years now and I decided to use this blog post to reflect on what I’ve learned from my experiences so far. Some of these practices have worked well for me […]Read More Mindfulness After Sixty: 21 Practices