Little Things Making Big Differences

Close-up photo of dandelion

Feeling antsy, impatient, or fearful while being cooped up during this pandemic? Personal contact and the ability to participate in gratifying activities like dining with friends or attending concerts are two pleasures I've missed the most. Thankfully, though, it's spring which means hours and hours of yard work assuaged with bird song, the warming sun, …

It Just so Happens…All Roads Lead to Home

Glass ball sitting on a rock in the ocean being splashed while reflecting sky and sea with mountain in the background

The Elements as Allies --- hmm, I wondered what I was getting into this week when serendipitously participating in this formal discussion. Uncertain where this topic would lead, my curiosity surfed the wave of energy surging through my life lately. Opening commentary --- how critical Mother Nature's elements are to our life force. Earth, fire, …

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 …

Mother Nature’s Meditation

Unripened and ripened blueberries on a bush

Sun warming Breeze cooling Skin. Eyes scanning Unripened green to apple rose’ Locking in The prized deep purply blue. Wind chimes whisper Somewhere nearby Cars whoosh Momentarily Here and there. Children laugh And ring the bell. Sun warming Breeze cooling Skin. Eyes scanning Each ripened berry In view. Totally in the moment There’s no other …

Timeless Meditation: Viewing Vastness

Worlds Away Savoring outdoor time during my recent reprieve in the temperate Caribbean, I hoped the warmth would cradle me through another 72 icy winter days back home. Mother Nature's wizardry transformed the oppressive grey I left behind into sparkling and vibrant blue, a welcome relief in this world that seemed worlds away. Lounging on …

Nature’s Circle of Comfort

Seeing these rounded hay bales in expansive green fields began to stir something deep within a few years ago that felt strangely comforting.  I hadn't observed this prior to practicing Qigong where I first felt a gentle, circular energy flowing between my hands.  The movements soon enriched my gardening activities and evolved my thinking about …

Go ahead…feel the thrill

"Those swings are for kids, not grown-ups." "Who says?" "What will people think if they see a mature woman on them?" "Do you really think someone is going to arrest me?" And so the dialogue went between my inner critic and the lure of a childhood thrill when seeing a swing set in a new …