Tag: mindfulness

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Day 313/365 Noticing

Yesterday’s snow was thick and heavy, as it often is in March. It clung heavily to everything – making for a beautiful, luminous sight this morning. After I brought the girls to the bus stop, I felt called to the woods. There is something about being the first person to walk on a snow covered trail, with only deer tracks ahead of you, that is … Read More Day 313/365 Noticing

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Day 298/365 Be Here (and here and here…) Now

“You look as though you could use a minute to gather yourself,” my daughter’s piano teacher said to me as I somewhat breathlessly presented my daughter, ten minutes late for her lesson and without the instruction book we were asked to bring. Indeed I could. The two of them went off to the practice space while I plopped myself on her couch and exhaled. … Read More Day 298/365 Be Here (and here and here…) Now

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Day 295/365 The Space Between

Life is quite a roller coaster. I love the highs. I have (albeit somewhat begrudgingly) come to appreciate the lows too, as they are our greatest teachers. It isn’t all peaks and valleys, though…this thing called living. In fact, we do most of our living in the space between –  The space between suffering and elation. So…what of that? How do we feel in the space … Read More Day 295/365 The Space Between

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Day 275/365 A Blank Canvas

I have a friend who is always telling me that I need to find a way to quiet my head.  I mean, I know he’s right. It’s kind of a disaster in there. Writing does help, in a way. When there’s a storm in my brain but I have to pull out just one piece to share with you, it forces me to focus….to pick … Read More Day 275/365 A Blank Canvas

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Day 250/365 Why Dogs Are Happier Than People

This afternoon I bundled up for a walk with Louie. I threw on my dad’s hoodie sweatshirt, which usually hangs comfortingly on the back of my bedroom door (I’m not really one for sweatshirts – I’ve saved his purely for sentimental reasons). Having it on under by coat felt like a warm hug. It felt like I was taking him with me. As I … Read More Day 250/365 Why Dogs Are Happier Than People

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Day 143/365 My Mind’s Eye

We hear a lot these days about mindfulness, about being present in the moment.  I fully believe in the importance of this practice, for a couple of reasons. One, I think our lives get so busy that we often overlook the small bits of beauty around us. It is always a good reminder to slow down and pay attention. Two, I think by allowing … Read More Day 143/365 My Mind’s Eye

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Day 123/365 That Moment You Choose

I woke up this morning with an abundance of gratitude. As I rose from my bed and placed my bare feet onto the soft sheep skin rug… As I stepped out onto the porch and saw the sun shimmering on the water… As I gazed at my beautiful girls, hair tousled and sleepy-eyed… As I cupped my hands around a warm, fragrant cup of … Read More Day 123/365 That Moment You Choose

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Day 116/365 It’s Not About Nutella

“So, you cut away the stems that are dying off,” I explained to my girls this morning in the garden. “That way, the plant can put it’s energy toward the beautiful, new growth. See these new buds growing? Now the plant can put its energy toward those and it won’t waste it’s energy on parts that aren’t so good anymore…Come here. You have some … Read More Day 116/365 It’s Not About Nutella

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Day 107/365 Pure Bliss

There are moments of pure bliss. Moments when we are completely and utterly content – moments in which we could want for nothing. Aren’t we incredibly lucky to notice them? For me – Watching my children play and giggle  – when I can’t help but to laugh too. Waking up in the morning to find myself sandwiched between my two beautiful girls who have … Read More Day 107/365 Pure Bliss

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Day 39/365 Watch Your Head

“She is a good student…when she’s here with us,” my third grade teacher informed my parents. They looked at each other quite bewildered, knowing I’d been getting on the school bus every day.  Where exactly does a truant eight year old go?  She went on to say, “Her head is in the clouds most days, I’m afraid. I have trouble bringing her back from … Read More Day 39/365 Watch Your Head