Happy Everything: How to Find the Holy Within

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photo credit: Dona Mann

Our family Christmas card this year read simply “Happy Everything”. We’re blessed to have such a diverse group of loved ones who celebrate anything from Hanukkah, to solstice, to Christmas, to their own self-created holiday…remember Festivus?

Amidst the preparation and celebrations there is one word to describe it all, holiday, holi-day, holy day. So many celebrating their own version of holy day this time of year, it begs the question why? Why do we gather around the darkest time of year, the last days of fall, beginning of winter to participate in our rituals? Continue reading Happy Everything: How to Find the Holy Within

Emotional Rescue: Being Mindful of Where Your Mind Lives

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This morning I woke to a beautiful day. From our bedroom window, I could see the sun casting its rays across Mt. Tamalpais, our cat  had positioned himself on my head and was contently purring. Upon rising, I saw my beau had already made coffee and thoughtfully set out my cup. I padded into my office, sat at my desk, reviewed email and mindfully planned the day.

The turning point:
It was my turn to drive our daughter to school. At the last minute my beau told me he needed the car to drive into the city and I needed to use his work truck…a ginormous old Ford F250 which I’ve come to not-so-affectionately call Grendel because of its voracious appetite for gas. Speaking of gas, the truck, which has two tanks, was redlined on empty in both. All of this information flowed in two minutes before we were leaving for school, of which we were already dashing to make on time. Saying a little prayer we coasted on fumes up and over the hill just in time to hit the beginnings of construction and lane closures. My stress-o-meter was rising far beyond my comfort zone for this early in the morning. Continue reading Emotional Rescue: Being Mindful of Where Your Mind Lives

Never-Mind: Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts

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It happened earlier this week…a bad day.

I was minding my own business and going about my normal morning routine. Took our daughter to school, went for a hike in the beautiful hills behind our house, said good morning to a few smiling dogs, got back to my desk and whammo!  Continue reading Never-Mind: Ignoring Your Negative Thoughts