Music is a time machine. Isn’t it amazing that we all tend to develop our own independent tastes in music at more or less the same age? There’s a strong consensus among psychologists and neurologists that, around age 14, we tend to reach out beyond the musical tastes we’ve inherited from our family of origin […]
1. As a sentient being with the mixed blessing of self-awareness, you are part of the natural order; your life is inextricably linked to the web of nature. Let your actions reflect your awareness of this fact. 2. Whenever possible, relieve suffering and bring joy. Your own pain and happiness are linked to those of […]
Yes is a very powerful word. It carries the promise of commitment and it’s an affirmation that you plan to do something. I have said yes lots. Most recently – Yes, I will get up everyday, super early and practice yoga. But this commitment alone doesn’t quite make it stick for me.
The bell is invited to sound. Happily, she obliges. The admonition, “Don’t forget to breathe!” Brings a smile. He had indeed forgotten (Living in forgetfulness is easy), But is a failing that demands redress, With nothing but restoration in view. And so the bell sounds once again, And incense rises to the nostrils of a […]
A melody at sunrise came wafting on the wind, And broke the snow-made silence of sparkling crystalline. A melody at sunrise came wafting on the wind; On fragile wings it came, and gently called my name.
Creating a Sacred Space for Spiritual Practice What is a “sacred space?” Many people who meditate, do yoga, and embrace the holistic lifestyle have what they call “sacred spaces.” These are “sacred” not necessarily in a religious way, but in the word’s original sense: “set apart for special use.” Whether we’re part of a religous […]
This is a post especially for all my fellow fifty-somethings out there. I recently began writing for a new client more than two decades my junior. She’s been around computers from birth; she’s never known a time when digital technology was not evolving and diversifying at an exponential rate of speed. As a result, she […]
Cultivating a Mindset of Gratitude When I’d get in a grumbling mood as a kid, I remember my mother advising me to “count [my] blessings.” Her parents had lived through the Great Depression, so awareness of the possibility of scarcity had filtered down to her. My generation of Americans–most of us, anyway–were so far removed […]
Thrush Place Nocturne Oceans of time, a starlit night, Deep calls unto deep. A train in the distance, hidden from sight, Soon I’ll surrender to sleep. Mournful and low, the whistle sighs, Piercing my heart with its calm. Deep in the night, my soul will rise, Singing a psalm. Seven years on, now what is […]
Autumn’s Essence Sit beside a flowing stream, Breathe deep the scented air. Acknowledge those who’ve come before, And those who’ll yet appear. The leaves are changing, falling now, So beautiful in death. And I, like them, shall fall to earth To give new life its breath. The air is chilled and autumn’s essence Carries on […]