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.” –…

If you thought not

If you thought not, everything, everything and then some has its wonders. Although sometimes I wonder why mosquitoes exist. I made a list of things that have wonder in my opinion.   Like watching a small plant start to bud, A community of ants doing their thing, raindrops sliding down a window, A weeping willow, dimples,…

I Wish I Were Under the Tuscan Sun

I just finished watching Under The Tuscan Sun for about the tenth time. The landscapes depicted in the film always force me to take a deep cleansing breath. I particularly love the scenes with hills filled with sunflowers; one of my favorite flowers. As the protagonist  in the film, played by Diane Lane, I too…

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 –…

Making Your Path

“Mindfulness is energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.”   Everyone needs energy. We all need positive energy. When we want to start making a path to success, we must work harder. It takes much courage to take the path less taken. But I believe if…

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 Gardening

    Today we had a fairly decent almost spring day. I had purchased some tulips and I was afraid I would not be able to plant them because the temperature was too low. I put them on my bay window and watched the beautiful lavender tulips start to lose their luster and begin to…

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…