I always aim to write from the heart. This week's blog is not only from my heart, but also my soul, and my whole being. It's been a week of raw emotion that has left me feeling chewed up and spit out. I never knew grief could leave you feeling unbelievably dull and stupid. I did things like leave my keys on the walkway in the front of my father's house. I put something down and less than a minute later couldn't recall where I left it. I wondered, more than once, if I was havi
Change is a constant. Even though I'd "dabbled" in meditation for many years, when I first became a student of Vipassana, one of the major concepts, anicca, blew me away with its obvious simplicity. Vipassana can be translated as "insight". It's the 2500 year old teachings of Gotama Buddha and it is an awareness of exactly whatever is happening as it happens. It's also referred to as "mindfulness". Anicca is the "law" that all things are impermanent and constantly changing. A
How is your life, lately? Take a moment to reflect. There's no need to answer immediately, although it might be interesting to see what the first word was that came to mind. This week's Monday Pleasure Peek "Watch out for signs that you've put your life 'on hold'. Have you hit the 'pause' button?" was meant to get you to take a moment and think about it. Surprisingly, if you answered, "Oh, no, I'm way too busy for that!", you may actually be postponing moving forward. We can
Do you struggle sometimes? Who doesn't?! Life doesn't always feel smooth and easy. In fact, at times it can seem like you're on a downward spiral. There are lots of reasons why we get into a slump: Getting caught up in bad news (CNN=Constantly Negative News) Focusing on what's "wrong" in our lives Ignoring our need for self-care Surrounding ourselves with energy vampires I'm sure you can add a few of your own. So, what can we do about it? It's really simple, once you get the
About the Author
Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support.