Investing For Benefits

Photo by: Jared Rice You might be noticing that I've been writing more about meditation and mindfulness lately. It started a few months ago when I had a new appreciation for something I'd been doing for a long time. I've described how over the years my curiosity for and exposure to meditation led me to various teachers. As time goes on, I've developed a practice that deepens and continues to evolve. Around twenty years ago, mindfulness meditation looked like it hit mainstream America. Major magazines had cover stories and there was a lot of buzz about it. Little by little it became old news and even though there were a lot of us still using it in our day-to-day lives and even teaching, it f

What You See

Photo by Ian Espinosa Lately I've been having a lot of conversations with various people about mindfulness and meditation. It just seems to come up and I'm always happy to participate. Having been drawn to and interested in meditation in my early 20's, I "dabbled" for several years. As time went on, I moved from my version of TM (Transcendental Meditation) to other forms promoted by various teachers, some of them directly linked to very specific spiritual practices. I learned something from each of them and wove their contributions into my soul. When I began my journey into Vipassana meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), I felt like I was tying up the loose threads. After

Devotion Worthy?

Photo by: I love words. I think it all started with the vocabulary lists we got each week in school, probably beginning back in third grade. Also, I was a voracious reader as soon as I conquered the puzzle of all those letters put together in different ways. When I studied both latin and greek in high school, I was fascinated with the origins of words and how it helped to understand what words meant. Last week I started thinking about the word devotion. Here's the definition: "love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause" and "religious worship or observance" The reason I was contemplating this was because I am all for being enthusiastic and loyal, especially t

Always Free To Change

Last week I celebrated my birthday and it was a blast! Three, full days of breakfasts, luncheons, and dinners with dear friends and the party continued on through the weekend and into a couple of nights ago. So many people sent me sweet messages via email, FB, and text messages. I really felt a wonderful connection and I realized how much I cherish everyone in my life. At one of my many celebratory meals (needless to say, I am wearing my looser clothing this week! ) a long-time friend mentioned how kind I am. I was touched by his comment and even though I thanked him for saying so, my first reaction was, "I'm not so sure that's true." After giving it a little more thought, I realized that he

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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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