Sunday, May 14, 2017

To All of You Who Are Motherly!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are motherly!

Mother's Day has always been an enigma to me and every year I am puzzled as to how to feel about this day. You see, my relationship with my own mother was strange and often estranged and so I can't relate to my friends who reminisce of loving and close relationships with their mothers.

Today a wise friend told me that on Mother's Day she takes the opportunity to thank everyone who has been motherly to her over the years and I am reminded of all the wonderful women who were there for me...especially my older sisters, my grandmother and my great grandmother.

And so, on this special day, Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there and an especially happy day to all of you of you who are motherly. Anyone can be a mother, but it takes a big, generous, loving heart to be motherly. 💗

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spirituality in a Teabag - Truth is Everything?

A little tongue in cheek to start your morning -  

Can One Get Spiritually From a Teabag? 

Apparently Yogi Teas thinks so, because everyday there is a message of enlightenment on the label of my teabag. Today's message is, "Truth is Everything," and we seem to be on a roll because yesterday's message was about "truth" as well. But it obviously didn't sink in, because that's all I remember.

Which brings me to the question, "What is Truth?" ...and can your "truth" be different than my "truth," and still be the truth. Obviously the politicians think so, but that's a topic for another blog.

But, getting back to Truth is Everything." Is it really? and if it is, why is it everything. I mean, is it the first thing you think about in the morning?

Do you say to yourself, "I'm going to tell the truth today?" Or is being truthful a goal for you?

Nah, I think for most of us, living a truthful life is just a given. I mean, aside from those little white lies we all tell once in a while. Right?

But, how can truth be everything?

What? Oh, wait...what? I'm mistaken?

Um, oh, yeah, you're right.... Oops! Um, the teabag reads, "Truth is Everlasting."

Oh. Well, that's a different story...

Which, um, brings me brings me back to my original question, can you get spirituality from a teabag? ...or maybe I just better stick with coffee.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Still Mindful After All These Years...

Still Mindful After All These Years...

What is being mindful? For me, being mindful is being aware or being in-tune with the present, what I'm doing, how I feel and what's going on around me. It's taking time out of my busy life to just focus on me, not change me, not change my circumstances, but get off the busy treadmill of life, allow myself to relax and just take care of me, even if only for a few minutes. Sort of like a mental "stop and smell the roses" moment.

In 2012, I started practicing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help me better focus on my writing. Then, in January of 2014, I increased my daily mindful awareness (or being mindful) by attending a Mind-Body Skills Group at my local VA clinic.

What do I get from being mindful? A sense of inner peace and well-being, clarity of mind, body and
purpose, and most of all, a feeling of oneness between my conscious, my subconscious and my body.

The Mindfulness Revolution

In 2014, Time magazine devotion an entire issue to the Mindfulness Revolution. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see that issue, but I found this link to the primary article online. 

I also found other articles branching off the Time website...entertaining articles you might want to check out:

How to Make Your Mind Happy, According to Neuroscience

5 Secrets to Making Your Mind Happy


Now, here's a few other informative links regarding Mindfulness and MBSR:

What is mindfulness meditation?

How will it being mindful help me? 

Do I have to meditate?

How do I meditate? 

I started meditating using the guided meditations I received from the VA. UCLA has free guided meditations available online (link below) that I have found to be just as good, if not better.

Guided Meditations

Free Mindfulness Apps

There are also many Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes out there and for first timers, they are often free. But check with the group before signing up!

I did find this link for a free online MBSR class based in Massachusetts. I have not "attended" this class, but as I strongly believe in MBSR, it's worth checking out...

Free Online MBSR class

I hope you've found this information helpful and maybe even a little inspiring. When I first heard about being mindful and mindfulness based meditation, I was skeptical. But I'm glad I took advantage of the opportunity to explore mindfulness. It really has improved my quality of life.

Still mindful after all these years... 😊 Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

An Ode to That First Cup

On the horizon, the sun breaks
Chasing the darkness of the night,

With sleepy minds and slow bodies
We stumble from our bed, hopeful
Yet searching, 

Where is that savoir to the sleep-starved,
Where is that first cup, that first sip
Where is that glorious elixir 
we call...

With each sip energy flows through
Our bodies, invigorating
our muddled minds, restoring 
thought, inspiring synapsis
and we become

We are ready to face that 
Which mere moments before 

Get out of my way, World, 
With this life-giving potion,

Thank you, Coffee 

Copyright 2017

To All of You Who Are Motherly!

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