Not What You Think

When I did my first deep dive into meditation, both the practice as well as teaching, I was introduced to the idea of paradox ("a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true") and the part it plays in our every day lives. A perfect example of this was my experience of taking time out of my already over-scheduled, busy day to sit quietly -- an absurd idea since I needed every single minute just to barely catch my breath -- and then, discovering that somehow my whole day slowed down and I ended up with extra time at the end of day! In fact, I started to question many things in my life that I thought I

Healing with Compassion

For the past many years I have been on a journey toward self-actualization. I remember when I first heard of Maslow's triangle I was fascinated by the steps in the process. I was grateful for and humbled by the first two levels -- the fact that I had both physiological and safety needs met and the idea that there are people who don't always have access to them was the beginning of my voyage. Photo Credit: Moving on to psychological aspects, I knew that I needed to do some work with Belongingness and Love as well as Esteem. In fact, that's where I continue to devote my energy and attention and I truthfully feel like complete self-realization is always going to be

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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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