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January 2017 Newsletter

Hello Everyone, Watching this past election was a challenging process on many levels. Some people felt joy with the outcome. Some people felt anger or downright disgust. The question is, Can I be okay with what I am feeling? We all have opinions about what is right or wrong with a candidate. But in the end, the outcome is the outcome, and there needs to be acceptance to create peace in one’s life. We move on. Everything changes, and it will change again. The political parties in this year’s electoral process planted seeds to encourage us to look and see

August 2016 Newsletter

Hello Everyone, “Change”, for most of us we want something better, better health, better relationships, financially stability. To use the adage “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. Quoted by Einstein. Same thoughts, same actions and behaviors, same feelings create and inspires the same old way of being. How do we create a new way of being? To change one’s reality we have to create a new way of thinking, create new choices, develop new actions and behaviors, and experience something new all of which will create a new state of being a better you.

June Newsletter 2016

Hello, Everyone! One of the key elements to a mindful practice is Deep Listening. Often times when someone is talking to us we are not paying close attention .We are usually thinking about what we are going to say or something entirely different. We have difficulty listening because our mind wants to move on to the next thing on our agenda. And so we miss much of what people are telling us. People know when we are listening to them, and it sends a message that we value what they have to say. It shows respect, appreciation, and caring. These

JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2016

Hello, Everyone! I sat pondering what should I be writing about during this Holiday Season that might stoke people’s interest in a mindful way. Middle East conflict,Paris bombings, mass shootings, that’s, what usually draws people’s attention. Not the ho-hum family gatherings,being of good cheer,giving and receiving. Holiday table conversation will revolve allot around some these hot topics Im’ sure and only more fear will be perpetuated in the world. Be conscious of what you are focusing on. Are you making matters worse by focusing on the negative or are you truly trying to change things by changing yourself and the

April 2015 Newsletter

Hello Everyone, It seems that during the winter months with grey skies , too much rain, snow people can get quiet depressed about a lot of things, no sunshine, cabin fever, a loss love one, divorce, and with all those feelings we tend to retreat into a place that feels safe somehow, only to be playing out those stories over and over in our minds about what we cannot live up to certain expectations. We literally have a loss of heart. Our very nature is to be open, curious, sensitive and be connected to the world around us. Having a

December Newsletter

SEASON’S GREETINGS! This time of year speaks of Joy and Happiness. The brisk air, sparkling decorations, and yes, even the hustle and bustle represent joy, if we make a specific decision to delight in the hope and excitement these things offer. The gift of Happiness is our birthright. The decision to be happy is ours to make each day, but it is one that can elude us if we do not learn to tap into it. Michael Singer, in his book The Untethered Soul, tells of God having a conversation with a human being. Imagine with me, for a moment:

June Newsletter

Hello Everyone: Recently we held a meditation retreat at St Columba. During the two days we spent in silence, meditating, walking through the woods mindfully, and eating meals with focused attention, certain insights came easily into our awareness. Uninterrupted by conversation, fully experiencing each moment and connecting with nature, one could experience the clean, crisp air passing through one’s lungs,while taking in the delightful aroma of wild sage and grasses in the grove in where we meditated each morning. (see picture). Joyful birds trilled their unique morning calls, chronicling their exuberance in the gift of life itself- while remaining totally

April 2014 Newsletter

Hello, Everyone It’s hard to believe that the Holidays came and went so quickly! I am absolutely blessed to spend time with my folks, and the Holidays are truly a highlight of every year. I only get to see them three times a year, so each moment is precious to me. Quite naturally, things are changing with them as they grow older; I, too, am changing, and there is most definitely a part of me that wants to cling to all I hold dear. The fear of change is actually wanting things to remain the same; we know, though, that

January 2014 Newsletter

Hello, Everyone This time of year can be quite hectic, with the hustle and bustle of Holiday gatherings, shopping for gifts, traveling to get together, or just getting away. There never seems to be enough time. People say “My life is passing before I know it.” or “Where has all the time gone? My kids are all grown up.” We lose so much of what is most important by allowing ourselves to miss this moment! Philosophers say that time is an illusion. However, Eckhart Tolle perceives time as a manageable commodity. He suggests that we can end the delusion of

October 2013 Newsletter

Hello, Everyone, I recently came across a poem I wrote as part of a homework exercise for the MBSR clinic on Meditation. The exercise was intended to improve students’ attention level and continual focus on what one is experiencing in each moment. The method/medium of expression was left entirely to each student’s discretion, whether through poetry, a story, or a drawing that captivated the imagination and intrigue in his / her day. To set the background for what I wrote, let’s go to the scene that most inspired awe in me one particular chilling evening. I taught an MBSR Clinic

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