An Understanding of What It Means To Be Human

I remember first learning about authentic gratitude...not just the external  ideas of gratitude, but real gratitude...soulful grace. In a family of alcoholics, the only holiday tradition seemed to be someone was drunk.  As an escape from the drama, my mom and I would spend holidays volunteering at the city shelter.  I knew we lived a …

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Journey to Mindfulness–Day 6

Day 6:  Say Yes! to the present moment. “Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life …

Journey to Mindfulness–Day 5

Day 5:  Have tea with your fears.   Fears.  Thoughts that linger, grow bigger in both volume and anxiety.  "Awful-izing" and "what if" lists get longer.  Breathing becomes restricted, shallow.  Tension in the neck, shoulders, and even chest.  Complete overwhelm. The truth:  Fears are just thoughts. Shocking, right?  They are just thoughts.  Thoughts we give …