Does “In All Things Give Thanks” Apply to These Times?

With the many reports we hear of death, disease, job loss, and an expectation of this trajectory to continue, the idea of gratitude might not be hitting a lot of folks’ radar. In the frighteningly grim existence that we now find ourselves, should we be giving thanks, as the Bible verse suggests?

Let’s Go to the Beach!

Studies show that actions we imagine can seem real to our minds, “tricking” the brain into providing us benefits as if we were performing those actions. Many athletes utilize this technique, called visualization, to attain their specific goals.

Six Small Actions That Will Change You

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~Annie Dillard And . . . we’re in December.  Wow.  This year will soon be a memory, to the relief of many.  The pandemic, now in its second wave in some countries, has presented a great number of us with unprecedented challenges. Continue reading “Six Small Actions That Will Change You”

Put the Talk on Pause and Heal with Wildlife

Listening to incessant politics and bad news from reporters, government officials, and even commercials, causes feelings of impatience and anger to surface in my normally peaceful mindset. So it’s high time, as my grandmother used to say, to put the talk on pause.

Empathy and Compassion Have My Vote

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war . . . So I say to you . . . brothers and sisters, let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide. ~US Representative John Lewis (recently deceased)

Forgive? Why Should I?

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself . . . Forgive everybody. ~Maya Angelou Valerie Kauer is a civil rights lawyer, author of SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, and an award-winning filmmaker.   In a very popular TED Talk, Valerie tells a heart-wrenching story about the firstContinue reading “Forgive? Why Should I?”

10 Little-Known Coping Strategies for Depression

You are a marvel.  You are unique.  In all the world there is no (one) exactly like you.  In the millions of years that have passed, there has never been a (person) like you . . . You have the capacity for anything.  ~Pablo Casals Every time I see the above quote I first readContinue reading “10 Little-Known Coping Strategies for Depression”

Great Achiever Mahasiddhi Blogger Award Nomination

I am happy to share that I have been nominated for the Great Achiever Mahasiddhi Blogger Award by the award’s designer, Kamal Shrestha!  From his post describing the award, “I am from a birthplace of Gautam Buddha who enlightened many parts of the world in his lifetime by his wisdom and knowledge of equanimity, or peace ofContinue reading “Great Achiever Mahasiddhi Blogger Award Nomination”

For the Love of Animals

We are born into this world with a love for animals.  As babies, we share the same innocence and many similar vulnerabilities.  As we grow, we often have animal playmates that grow alongside us.  I’ve met many service dogs who regularly visit nursing home residents.  I’ve known cats living in a hospice facility that won’tContinue reading “For the Love of Animals”

Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside

Did you enjoy spending time outside as a kid? I did. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember spending much time inside, unless I was at school. I loved playing outdoors with pets we had over the years, including lots of dogs and cats, a couple rabbits, and a rooster that I treated likeContinue reading “Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside”