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February 9, 2016

 

 

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”- Buddha 

 

Empaths are constantly affected by other people’s energy. Our gift can leave us feeling drained, confused, and victimized. We can feel like we have no control over being influenced by other people’s moods and physical problems.

 

 Many of us wear our empath status like a handicap parking permit. We move through the world as though we are the walking wounded. Other people are encroaching on our energetic space and we have no control over it, so we give our power to everyone else. Their feelings supersede our own, so we are never...

February 5, 2016

 

When I was 12, I decided that it was time to find out what the “religion thing” was all about. The most spiritual thing I’d ever been involved in as far as my family was concerned, was my mom marching us down to the Transcendental Meditation center to get mantras when we were 10.

 

That was less about religion, and more about getting us to sit quietly for 30 minutes every day so she wouldn’t lose her mind from her daughters constantly fighting. I don’t blame her, believe me.

 

I had friends who were involved in their churches and temples. I was fascinated by the Catholic kids who would come to school with ash on their foreheads and their tales of what they had to...

January 26, 2016

 

I have a vivid recollection of one of the first times that I spoke my truth. I can still remember how anxious I was.

 

I worked with an African American guy who used a certain racial epithet freely and on a regular basis. This word deeply offends me and it always makes me uncomfortable to hear it. Words are important to me. They have frequency, and that word is just plain ugly.

 

I mentioned to him that the word offended me, and he said “I’m black. It’s my right to use it whenever I want. You don’t get to be offended by it.” I shut my mouth and put up with it for months after that.

 

One day I finally had enough and decided that I had to say something. I was terrifi...

January 22, 2016

We recently had a number of beloved celebrities pass away, and few of us have been left unscathed by it. My own personal sorrow at losing a couple of them has left me slightly embarrassed and my grief and wondering why the death of someone I’ve never met affects me at all.

 

The most obvious reason would be nostalgia. David Bowie was a huge part of the soundtrack of my teenage years, and his death is a bit like losing a part of my youth. He took a piece of it with him when he left.

 

There is more to it than that, though. His music affected me. I spent a multitude of hours holed up in my teen cave just sitting and listening. David Bowie, along with other musicians,...

January 21, 2016

 

Body image is a big deal for most women. When you throw a thyroid disease into the mix, or hormonal imbalances that cause weight fluctuations, it can be really difficult to “love the skin you’re in.”

 

I have Grave’s Disease and my weight rollercoasters up and down so fast that I can barely keep track of it. It doesn’t matter what I eat or how often I exercise. I will go from being practically skeletal to a little chubby within the same month. Weight issues come with the diagnosis.

 

The shape of my body is beyond my control at this point in my life. I never know what “skin” I’m going to be in from one day to the next. When I get up in the morning, I can never be...

January 20, 2016

Gratitude comes most easily for me when the sun is shining and I'm swimming in the sea, dancing with the leaves, or drinking in the wild air.

But what if I could practice gratitude all the time? What if I could appreciate the world for the beauty it holds, right now, in every moment? And when the now moment doesn't always look like the shining sun or dancing leaves? Then what?

I'm reminding myself to practice some radical gratitude this week. Will you join me?

I am grateful for this small scratch on my knuckles that stings and smarts. I am grateful because it made me look down at my hands and realize what I can do with them! I have both healthy hands to type these...

January 18, 2016

 

There are some who believe that John Lennon is alive and well and living in a piano.

 

Well, not literally living in a piano. They feel that the essence of his message of peace and love was infused into the piano when he composed Imagine, and that if you touch and play it, you can feel his presence within you.

 

When Caroline True took the piano on tour to cities and towns that had suffered a recent tragedy, even the hardiest of skeptics were moved by it. One woman said after playing it, that “it was like sleeping in your grandpa's sweatshirt at night. Familiar, beautiful, and personal."

 

Believing that you can feel the spirit of John Lennon in a piano is a form of...

January 16, 2016

 

Is there any more misunderstood or emotionally-charged subject than love? People will lie, cheat, steal, and even kill for what they call love. They will be miserable in relationships because of what they call love. They will give up everything they have, and sacrifice all that is precious to them, out of what they call love.

 

The world is absolutely miserable because of what they claim is love. Children pursue studies and jobs they don't enjoy because they 'love' their parents. Parents work at jobs they hate and sacrifice their time, money, and personal interests out of 'love' for their children. People spend their lives feeling jealous and insecure, or sad an...

January 11, 2016

We all question the purpose of our existence at one time or another. If “Why am I here” turns into “My life is utterly meaningless,” then it might be a good time to take a break, get out of town, and go “find” yourself.  Here are the 6 best places to do that.

 

Shikoku, Japan

 

This Japanese island is the birthplace of the revered Buddhist monk and teacher Kobo-Daishi. Visitors can take a pilgrimage on a 750-mile trek that connects 88 Buddhist temples. Each leg of the journey represents a separate path to Nirvana.

 

Camino de Santiago, Spain

 

The Camino de Santiago has been a Christian pilgrimage for a thousand years. There are many roads that one can walk that all le...

January 8, 2016

People used to use talk about the power of acceptance to me all the time and I would just blow it off! Who needs to accept things when we can just fight and use our determination to get what we want?!!? I truly did not see its value or its importance. I usually always got what I wanted if I tried long enough, pushed long enough, or strained long enough. 

 

But you see, the universe always has creative ways of teaching us what we refuse to organically learn. What started to happen was, no matter how hard I tried to get the result I wanted, it did not come to fruition! “How could that be?” I asked myself. I kept trying harder and harder with no success. I finally h...

December 28, 2015

 

Many changes took place when my Heart chakra opened. A step in my spiritual self-development, I’d been working on this big step for about a year. I knew my life would be altered and I was afraid to face the unknown. Then, I had heart surgery. The surgeon helped me open my Heart chakra. I knew he was part of the plan from the moment I met him. When I awoke from surgery I knew my heart chakra was fully open and I was right. There were changes I could feel immediately. The first feelings were about healing from surgery. I was able to stop taking pain meds fairly quickly. I was in awe that major, open heart surgery was performed and I was feeling weak but very goo...

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