Five Guiding Questions for Living Life to the Fullest

May 10, 2012

photo credit: manymeez We’ve all heard the clichés – life is fleeting. Time flies. As I write this the year is already a third over and it feels like it just started. Some years are like that, and 2012 is one. That doesn’t do you a lot of good if you don’t have a guidance […]

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See the Change You Wish to Be

January 11, 2012

photo credit: Brittni Gee Photography By now most of us have heard Ghandi’s famous exhortation “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.  As we begin a new year, I propose we reverse his sage advice. Better yet, apply it both ways. I’ve pondered this a lot of late, deducing that […]

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Transitioning Into 2012: What I left behind in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve

January 4, 2012

photo credit: LenDog64 As you know if you’ve traveled yourself or read my other outer journey adventures every new journey reveals a special gift otherwise unavailable to you. This trip is delivering early. That’s the thing about travel. You never know when the gifts will appear. They so often show up in the quiet spaces […]

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New Year’s Reflection and Inspiration: Consciously Approaching 2012

December 29, 2011

photo credit: wrestlingentropy This year for me, the holidays were quieter, simpler and less hectic than usual. Maybe it was the lack of travel (a rarity), absence of family visitors, or simply the days of the week on which actual holidays fell, but whatever the reasons I savored the calm spaciousness. As a result I’m […]

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Are You Open to Receiving?

December 22, 2011

photo credit: Theodore Scott A Cautionary Tale First, a little holiday story: You’d have to be blind not to notice it was the largest present under the tree.  He had wrapped it as best he could, but still the bright paper and gaudy bow made it stand out like a flashy hotel on the Vegas […]

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Your Holiday Survival Guide to Staying Spiritually Centered

December 14, 2011

photo credit: seantoyer To say holiday family gatherings can be challenging is a gross understatement.  Take attendant seasonal stress, combine with deeply-ingrained behavior patterns rearing their ugly heads, mix in a few triggering personalities, a smattering of cultural conditioning, and finally toss in forced togetherness with people you might see (and begrudgingly at that) just […]

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The Transformative Heart-Opening Power of Gratitude

November 24, 2011

This time of year, much of the northern hemisphere grows cold. Often the change in climate makes it easy for our hearts to grow cold too. We contract our bodies to stay warm, add extra layers to insulate ourselves. If we’re not mindful, our emotional bodies will mimic our physical bodies until we’re tucked tight […]

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Carrot, Egg or Coffee: Which Are You?

November 18, 2011

photo credit: Ambernectar 13 Another parable (author unknown) landed in my inbox recently, and I feel it’s pithy enough to share.  Called “Carrots, Eggs and Coffee” here it is: Carrots, Eggs and Coffee A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She […]

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Before You Die

November 11, 2011

photo credit: Kazz.0 Much is being made of today’s date, 11-11-11. Elevens are not new to me, since for the past four to five years I’ve been seeing them all over the place – on digital clocks, parking spaces, hotel rooms I’m randomly assigned, phone numbers – you name it.  I normally wake up at […]

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The Longing for Home

September 16, 2011

There are times when even the most seasoned of travelers can become deeply homesick. Today is one of those days for me. It doesn’t happen often – I don’t trend toward nostalgia and homesickness – but they have caught me off guard every now and then when I’m on one of my numerous outer journeys. […]

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