Mindful Prayer

There are days when my heart feels more fervently than other days. I look around me and understand how blessed I am. But then I watch the misery of so many people in different parts of the world and feel a need to go into mindful prayer. Mindful prayers to me are almost like meditating….

What is it that really matters?

I can certainly tell you that today really matters. The present really matters. The moments spent watching my granddaughter play with her dolls and how she imitates her mother’s gentleness. Today matters because it is a special birthday we will celebrate with joy. When I catch myself preoccupied with things past I find myself feeling…

Branding Thoughts

These days it seems that what we hear and what we see might not be congruent. We hear about violent acts perpetrated on innocent people. I cringe when I hear about the attacks on senior citizens. It disgusts me when I hear about violent acts motivated by bigotry or hate. Then we see people ignoring…

The Aftermath

It is now time to be more mindful than ever. We all need to find a place of stillness and quiet and begin to reflect on how to heal our society. Have we learned any new lessons lately? Do we need to make up our mindful minds to be better and to open up to…

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…

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…

Getting Into The Rhythm of Mindfulness

Every exercise to become thinner, healthier or simply more at ease takes time and lots of patience. There is a certain rhythm and pace that you will need to develop as you become more mindful. I developed a short-term plan for myself at the beginning of my journey. I think of myself as a spiritual…

Clarity and Mindfulness

Mindfulness requires clarity. We all need clarity in order to focus. These days I am trying to stay as  positive as I can. Too many negative news interferes with the streaming of positive thoughts. This may be a result of conflicting reports or confusion about what it true or distorted. When you want to become…

Mindful Painting

When I paint or draw I feel I have entered a new dimension. I feel free. I focus on one thought and let the paint brush do the rest. Sometimes, I paint with my right hand and sometimes I use my left hand so that I stay focused.  In this painting I switched back and…