Posts Tagged ‘mindfulness’

I am this because of that

One thing that keeps going through my mind…if my children are my spiritual teachers, I must be my parents’ spiritual teacher.  I spend much of my time contemplating conscious parenting, with me as the parent.  To gain a greater awareness into my parenting, I reflect on myself as the child.

The real and true reason children suffer through divorce is because of the notion of separateness. Read the rest of this entry »

Practice Miracle-Readiness

This is my cliff notes for A Course in Miracles:  Nothing real can be threatened.  Nothing unreal exists.  Herein lies the peace of God.  A Course in Miracles is over a 1,000 page combined volume of text and lessons.  This will be at least a 6 month study for me.  After each chapter, I will type what I have highlighted for contemplation. Read the rest of this entry »

The Secret of a Starbucks Barista


I stopped in to savor the moment – some reading, writing, and sipping at Starbucks while my kids are at art class.  I could have gone home - folded some clothes and wiped down the counters for the fourth time today.  I decided going home would be a distraction from what I really wanted to be right now. Read the rest of this entry »

The Unintended Consequences of Sticker Charts

The essence of the Banyan

I will attempt to capture the essence and insight of this story.  Tonight at voice lessons, my almost 5 year old son sits down on the piano bench and pulls out his sticker chart.  To the teacher’s astonishment, all the square blocks have been filled in with hand- drawn smiley faces.  Unbeknownst to me, this is Henry’s clever handiwork.  As he knows, when the chart is full, he will earn a prize.

Sitting in the kitchen, listening to this exchange, I wonder what the real purpose of sticker charts is.   What lesson had the teacher hoped to teach? Read the rest of this entry »

Shifting Gears | MS Ride

Last year when I began my training for the Branson Ironman, a wise friend said to me, “The only thing keeping you from doing an Ironman tomorrow is your mind.  Right now your mind is stronger than your body.  You won’t because you think you can’t.”  I thought it was a wine-induced gest of genius and left it at that…so I thought.

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A Lotus to You

Today is Mindfulness Day 2011.  What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is the practice of developing presence in all aspects of our lives—whether we are working, driving, or having dinner with our families. A state of constant, peaceful presence is the goal and result of mindfulness. Read the rest of this entry »

Loneliness | a meditation on the human spirit

Grand Lake, Colorado

Loneliness is not about being alone.  Yet, we tend to use these words simultaneously and have self-imposed fear of being alone because we don’t want to experience loneliness. Read the rest of this entry »

A Call for Love | are you available?

A Bell You Shall Be | a meditation for parents is my most popular post to date.  This is interesting on several fronts, and most especially because it is closest to my heart and it is profoundly simple.  It is not some great intellectual piece, it has zero research to substantiate it, and carries a message that every conscious parent is trying to hear.  Here’s an invitation to you to capture the essence and expand on the premise of A Bell You Shall BeRead the rest of this entry »

The Cloud in Your Tea

Can you see the cloud in your tea?

I wrote this poem at the Mindfulness Retreat.  I did not have any one in particular, and yet all who suffer from the notion of  loss, in mind.  When I returned home, a dear friend’s father passed from this life.  In honor of my friend, I share this with you.  Hope this brings freedom to your suffering and peace to your heart. Read the rest of this entry »

A Bell You Shall Be | a meditation for parents

When conditions are sufficient, you manifest peace.

My Dearest Children,

It is your nature to reflect reality as-it-is.  When conditions are sufficient, you manifest peace.  When conditions are insufficient, you manifest ill-ease. Read the rest of this entry »