Friends, Community & Musings

  • Infrastructures to Support Your Choice to Feel Good about Yourself

    "I choose to feel good about myself each day. Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good. This is a new habit for me to cultivate." Another delicious piece of wisdom by Ms. Hay. With choice comes the necessity for us to put in place the infrastructures in our lives to keep the cultivation going.
  • Developing the Art of Appreciation

    With swirling uncertainty surrounding us these days, I am thankful for an understanding of the need to develop appreciation. We know that gratitude, the ability to appreciate, is fundamental to any spiritual journey and a foundation of becoming a member of the conscious community. People who consistently practice gratitude have more positive emotions, feel more connected to others, sleep better, have the ability to better express compassion and kindness, and according to studies have stronger immune systems.
  • Tan Memory Foam Slippers

    As I take off the slippers and get ready to put them in the thrift store pile. I also ask myself why I waited so long to use them. Why do I wait? Why save something for just the right moment instead of enjoying it now? It's interesting how something like a pair of clearance slippers can trigger all this reflection and self examination.
  • Gardening and Metta Practice

    The original name of the practice is metta bhavana. Metta means platonic love or kindness, and thus, ‘loving-kindness.’ The word bhavana means development or cultivation. The practice centers on cultivating the emotion you feel in your heart and directing it towards others. Although traditionally associated with Buddhism, the meditation could have easily been born out of Christian roots given its goals. Metta is done in stages, much like gardening.
  • Affirmations

    The goal of the practice is to change what I have heard called our “stinking thinking.” Stinking thinking is the negative thoughts that constantly flood our minds. Thoughts like “I’m not enough.” Or “I should have done this better.” Through this practice, we look to turn our thoughts into a forward momentum that pushes us to transform the present and consequently, our future. Through the practice, I’ve come to see how I create my own reality through the thoughts I am having about the present.