Holidays are coming. Are you ready? What a time for celebration! And yet, and yet…. There may be friends, neighbors or family members that we consider “difficult,” or even dread seeing. It is easy to focus on what separates us. However, it is possible not to get frazzled or anxious. What if, instead, we focused[…]
Last time we spoke about the magic of the breath turning an upside-down moment right-side up. Here are additional benefits of the breath. When our breath is relaxed in a state of equilibrium, the stage is set for us to: experience contentment expand our vision make clear decisions, and engage with people in sincere, benevolent[…]
“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” Jean Jacques Rousseau In the 1930s my dad was a student at CoIlege of the Pacific. He and his fraternity brothers decided to put some research to the test. They’d heard plants were affected by how people talked to them: with kind, encouraging talk[…]
We recently arrived back from a fantastic conference where the hosts treated each person as a special guest. What a lovely experience. There were many, many gifts (cup, tee-shirt, ice cream, and on and on.) But that wasn’t what made us feel really special. It was their sincerity in being so glad to meet us,[…]
Faced with overwhelm, how might you breathe easier? Sometimes all you need to do is flip your perspective.
We know that truth springs out of the mouths of babes. We can watch this video to see how these dear innocent ones are our teachers.
Good relationships require that we show up as our best self. For a while Nasrudin worried about each little mistake he had made in his life. Sometimes he would fret out loud over some minor characteristic flaw he had noticed in himself. His wife tried to console him. “Don’t worry so much. After all, nobody’s[…]
\ To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ― Mary Oliver It is easy NOT to pay attention. We know we’ve been inattentive when we arrive home and can’t remember the route we took, or we find our lost phone in the refrigerator. Something pops up on our phone, and we turn[…]
Birth and Death — A Christmas Story (This Fresh Views was first published 8 years ago. The baby described is now 8-year-old Fianna, a magical child.) “We understand death for the first time when he puts his hand upon one whom we love.” —Madame de Stael “Every child begins the world again.” —Henry David Thoreau[…]
“Since change is a wall and transition the gate in that wall, it’s there for you to go through. Transition represents a path to the next phase of your life .” –William Bridges Seems like everyone I know is going through some sort of transition. It’s back to school time. My granddaughter Ruthie moved from[…]