We share the same diversity

We share the sun We share the need to quench our thirst We share the awe of when we watch a full moon We share the lakes, rivers, oceans We share the same emotions We are more the same than different. If you think about it We share the same things in our planet We…

Learning to Know Yourself

“He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” -Tao te Ching A few years ago I attended a writer’s conference and during one of the workshops we were asked to write an “I am” poem. I remember feeling a little shy and frankly horrified. What would I write? I did not…

Contemplation and Mindfulness

“When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters some part of the time, for some other part I lead them back again to the walk the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.” –…

Where are you going?

My mother always answered that question a tad sarcastically. I guess she figured we as children had no business asking her where she was going. Her response was in Spanish and it may also be that the question itself may be interpreted differently when asked in Spanish. Her response, “To be old” (in Spanish –…

Mindful of Stress

It seems that people are more open to talking about being stressed out. The question is how to lessen and relieve stress. Every time we watch the news we are bound to elevate our stress because so much news is negative. When tragedy hits in the form of mass shootings or natural catastrophe stress creeps…

Mindful Pondering

“In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us.”                                                                 – Peter Matthiessen Spotlight on your breathing: It is important to focus on your breathing every chance you get to be still Find a quiet stop and take deep cleansing breaths Be mindful of…