Mindful of Flowers

Today my mindfulness exercise was to focus on my garden and observe the new blooms. I often sit and draw  flowers, leaves and even tree trunks. I had just planted some pansies, also called heartease. I read that some people believe that pansies enhance clairvoyance and heals grief. I love pansies simply because they are…

How to Have a Mindful Day

It is important to set some time each day to exercise mindfulness. Our busy lives get in the way of paying more attention to what really matters. “Mindfulness is being fully present and aware of your actions at every moment.” Therefore, the more you practice being fully in the present moment the more you will…

Quote on Mindfulness

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.” –   Jiddu Krishnamurti

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…