Halloween’s Other Side of Life

Intricate spider web in black and orange Halloween colors

Looking out my window during morning Qigong practice, I glanced up to see this intricate spider web. Amazing to view its work up close...a meditation in itself. With Halloween approaching, I dug deeper into the curiosities of this scary holiday. I never understood Halloween's color combination of orange and black but now it makes more …

And if You Think You Still Can’t Meditate…

Cup of black coffee alongside notebook depicting hand drum, with tube of paint, a pen, some cloth, threat and needles

Long ago I relinquished worrying that I "wasn't meditating right." A natural nonconformist, my meditation approach expanded from the traditional lotus pose (ouch) to alternatives that work for me --- like fixating on the moment, hand drumming, movement meditation, even my morning Qigong practice where I more easily stay focused on the swirls of circular …

Nature Teacher: Challenges

Shovel caked with clay on top of pile of stones next to work boots, work gloves and a large tree

Digging through clay caked soil to plant something somewhere in my yard I usually hear that familiar clang. It's my shovel hitting rock. I work it loose, sometimes easily freeing it, sometimes needing other tools or adjusting my approach. Soon after I often hear another clang or scrape and then another, and usually more --- …

It IS the little things

Living consciously --- paying attention and appreciating what is around me --- feels like living in sync with the Universe. More easily I see, understand, and feel grateful for what comes my way. It's not luxurious, expensive gifts that make my heart smile, it's the little things. Just this week... I looked into the veggie …