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I Am Free!

I Am Free!

“No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” The Buddha, Founder of Buddhism

Freedom! What does it mean to you? There are many actions being taken that are outside of us right now. Actions intended to restrict some of our freedoms. I’m reminded how significant July 4th is. More than my birthday (LOL); more than picnics, barbecues, and fireworks! The final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776! The United States of America was birthed gaining independence from Great Britain. I know we study this in school but this year it seems to carry even more significance. Restrictions can feel limiting but do they affect how we feel within ourselves? This is where true freedom resides! read more…

A New Chapter Unfolds!

A New Chapter Unfolds!

“There is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth’s seasons, and an inner grace in honoring the cycles of life.” Jack Kornfield, American author and Vipassana meditation teacher

We’ve just experienced the Summer Solstice – leaving Spring and welcoming summer. Seasons have changed, once again, and we have another opportunity for introspection, reflection, and opportunity to make life changes while the earth is preparing for her next season. We can enjoy the beauty of the flowers, nature, and fruits and vegetables that are ready to eat. A new seasonal chapter is unfolding. These seasonal changes remind me of the changing seasons in our professional and personal lives as well. read more…

Whispers.., not Shouts

Whispers.., not Shouts

Creating a healthy relationship with your body is hard when you don’t feel well.  I know, because this has been a rough week with allergies and then a sore sore throat.  

I started to say I have been focused on creating a healthy relationship with my body for the last few months.  Yet, if I am being truthful, it is more like the last few decades.  Ebbing and flowing with success.  Ups and downs.  

The part of me that demands perfection with the efforts I undertake, often feels like a failure when it comes to taking care of my body.  Because, similar to almost everyone I know, I have collected ideas, knowledge, and expectations about what it means to be healthy, fit, in shape, etc….  I’ve searched out and also been bombarded with articles, stories, promotions and advertisements about nutrition, weight loss, and self-care. We all have.., even when it is not our focus. read more…

Trusting My Beliefs

Trusting My Beliefs

“Everything happens for a reason” and “Things happen ‘for’ us and not ‘to’ us” are both beliefs that I hold dear.  They help me navigate day-to-day ups and downs.  And most of the time, this is easy for me!

Then.., there are days when it’s not!

I can always tell when I am invested in the outcome of a situation looking a particular way. Especially when it is not going the way I planned, or think it should.  There are visceral sensations in my body.  Tightening in my solar plexus, tensing in my jaw, nervous energy in general, etc.

These are my cues that I am clutching to or trying to control an outcome that is not up to me.   read more…