Using criticism as a growth tool
This is worth considering: If a criticism hurts you, that means that you are defending against what you believe to be true and are in denial about. It doesn’t mean that you have to realize they are right yet, it just means that you will argue w... Read more
You have not grown old
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its own secret.
Rainer Maria Ri... Read more
â€śWild Geeseâ€ť by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me ... Read more
Down to the basics
The Grand Tetons, on the Colorado River this summer
I watched a Utube video today of a woman who stripped down to her undies on a busy street, ... Read more
Writing it down
I have found that writing thoughts/plans/schedules down is of help. So, I am going to do that.
My commitment to myself is to make better use of my time - less time on FB, and the Internet in general. Limit to 60 minutes a day. TV limit 60 minu... Read more
"The Beautiful People."
I'm at the beach.
Time for pause, and, reflection.
Walking past a group of young, tanned, and toned life-guards today my DH commented: "there go the beautiful people."
OK, sure, they looked good. They have worked hard to stay in r... Read more
I ask myself to dig deep. Deeper. Deeper still.
I feel that I am a superficial person, though I do care about people, animals, the environment, and etc. Yet, I seem to be so focused upon myself.
I don't want to spend my days thinking about ... Read more
Why am I stressed, and depressed?
It's because my relationship with my son has come to the point that I cannot talk to him without him attacking me verbally. His behavior m... Read more
Is enough enough?
I could scream - if my voice wasn't so weak, and cracked from coughing! I've had it with this cold, and I want my health, and vitality back. Now!
And I just heard the forecast... Read more
Nothing lasts forever
Why complain about the status quot - the coldness of this long winter, a family, financial, or health issue, the government, the neighbor's dog barking, and etc?
Eve... Read more
Cold winter rest
I give up - to the (seemingly) never-ending winter, the frigid weather, the slip on the ice, the chest cold that is reminding me that nature is in charge.
No use to f... Read more
Making the "impossible" possible
Sometimes it feels as if winter will go on forever (today is one of those days): it will always be cold, and hard.
It's a good simile for how life can feel when we seem ... Read more
The amaryllis on my windowsill had a glorious run - four brilliant, peach/tangerine blossoms. Now, they are done, and the life goes back into the bulb in order to bloom again n... Read more
Rest, and breathe
Just as this tree is taking a slumber amidst the frigid winter, and snow - waiting for the right time to spring into activity, we must do likewise, as needed.
We must rec... Read more
I'm reading "Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty, and Change by Pema Chodron.
She's a western buddhist teacher/monk.
Tonglen is an interesting practice, and is in direct ... Read more