Reservation for One

Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi Have you ever felt really "consumed" by a feeling? Especially, one of the yucky ones like anger or fear? I know I have and in the midst of it I have found myself wondering, "I don't like this. Why can't I feel better?". It's almost laughable to even pose the question. It's a little bit like putting a round peg, that fits perfectly, in a hole and then, trying to put in another one. It won't fit. There's no room. You've used up all the space. As Monday's Quote stated: "The law of physics states that no two things can be in the same space at the same time. The same principle applies to your emotions." I actually find this comforting. It means that if I'm feeling hap

Lost and Found

Photo by Jen Loong Have you ever found yourself looking for answers and getting frustrated? I know I have, especially for the first forty years of my life! I was always trying to figure things out and thought the answers were going to be in another class or if I studied with the right person. Of course, I learned a lot along the way, but I was still confused about who I was and what direction I should take. Even though I was curious about meditation and even experimented with different forms, I didn't get that being quiet and listening to my own inner wisdom would be so beneficial. Even when I heard that "we have the answers within, if only we'll pay attention", I couldn't make sense of it -

Reframe When Necessary

Photo by David Marcu Reframing a situation or an event is one my favorite things to do. The first time I remember realizing I had the "power" to reframe was during some of my extensive trainings in mindfulness meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. One day we talked about some of the usual reactions to the weather. If it's sunny out, nearly everyone talks about what a "nice" or "beautiful" day and it does feel like there's a brightness in our lives. However, there still could be some other unpleasant things going on. On the other hand, if there are dark clouds and rain, how many times do we hear, "what a terrible day". The truth is, it's simply raining and while it might have put

Born to Glitter

Photo by Alia Wilhelm "I hate to litter. I prefer to glitter." - BLC A brief word about littering before getting into the main course ... It's a terrible, nasty act to simply throw our trash on the side of the road, in the forrest, into the river, lake, or ocean. I think we all know this, but it never hurts to be reminded. Please don't litter. Now, on to the glitter fest... I love anything that sparkles. I have a couple of canvas bags with the whole, bottom third of the satchel covered in either pink or gold chunky, sparkling crystal flakes. Everywhere I go with these bags, I leave behind stray sparkles. Since they are often on the passenger seat of my car, if I actually have a human sitting

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN
is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support. 

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