I've always loved poetry -- not writing it myself, but reading others'. In fact, I never really thought of myself as having that kind of ability. I have many favorite poets including Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, and Rumi and I often quote them or use their work to illustrate a point. This past weekend I surprisingly found myself in a song-writing workshop and while I actually did get some amazingly simple ideas for creating a ditty, what I really enjoyed was building the writte
Maybe it was because I grew up in the 1960's. Maybe it was because the Beatles went to study with the Maharishi back then (1967) and I was in love with all of them. Maybe my soul was trying to get my attention and I heard just the faintest whisper. Maybe I knew there was a better way to navigate life. Maybe, maybe, maybe ... All I know for sure is I was fascinated with the idea of meditation and I began my journey of inquiry about 45 years ago and I'm still on the long and wi
Well, it's that time of year again. We might have tried to sing our way into 2019, but not really sure of the words past "Should old acquaintance be forgot ..." and now we're wondering if we should work on some resolutions, again, or just fuggedaboutit. Trying to "fix" ourselves, one more time, feels a bit punitive and unkind in this new era of self-compassion and gentleness. At the same time, we might worry that we're letting ourselves slack off if we don't at least attempt
About the Author
Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN,
the Mindful Maven, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support.