Meditation for Dumbasses

We've all heard the mantras: Live in the present. Let things go. Stop inhaling those damned Doritos. But how, when we've got so much to worry about? So much to get caught up in! Bills to pay and jobs to dread and social media to hate! We can't even turn our minds off long enough …

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Woman Refuses to Live in the Moment

Live in the moment! Be your best self! Embrace bread! It's been several years since Oprah retired from her "Be the Best You, You Can Be --Because I Sure As Hell Wouldn't Wanna Be You" talk show. Among some of her more earth-shattering insights about life: We need to live in the moment. Not around or …

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What I didn’t do on my summer vacation

I spent most of the summer reading. Author/spiritual guru/King of Chilltown, Eckhart Tolle, has a simple message: Life is all about balance; there's an intrinsic ebb and flow. You win some, you lose some. Things come and go. You try to do the tree pose to impress your kids, you fall onto the yoga mat …

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50 Happy Things for 2015: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude

Dawn, who writes the blog Tales from the Motherland, invited me to join a group post about all the things we're thankful for this year in order to spread love and joy around the holidays. But we have to come up with 50 and only give ourselves 10 minutes to do it. Sounds a little …

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Go On, Open It

When I feel the darkness closing in, it's hard to breathe; the crushing pain and tears threatening to break me into tiny little pieces. Yet this rawness, this fear inexplicably opens me up, exposing my heart. I start to reach out again. I grab onto the positive, the light and hold it close. With patience and tenderness, I …

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The Breakthrough

whump-whump-whump-whump The helicopter overhead was distant--the propeller's thumps a low murmur seeping into my mind, stirring up dread, thick and suffocating. I stood inside my grandmother's old house and gazed at the peeling yellowed paint on the walls and the layers upon layers of dusty photographs covering every inch. In one black and white photo, a young pig-tailed girl's face beamed, sitting on her father's knee, her face forever frozen …

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Mom for Hire

OBJECTIVE            To prove that when you notice the huge 10 year gap on my résumé, snicker and ask, "What were you doing all that time?!" I wasn't merely sitting around twiddling my thumbs and eating bon bons.  (Although some days I did take a few breaks and did just that.) WORK EXPERIENCE           2000-2002              Fertility Specialist Managed  and …

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That Magical White Stuff

This year it's been a bit hard to get into that Christmas spirit and the holiday groove. One reason for me: No snow. Finally, this morning the kids and I anxiously opened up the curtains to find a winter wonderland. Reminded me of the moment Ralphie saw snow in the movie A Christmas Story. Pure …

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Miracles and gratitude and joy–Oh my!

This week I am honored to be a guest blogger over at Deborah's The Monster in Your Closet. I first visited her blog and read the post, Six hands for lifting: on my mom, mental illness, fear & hope and was moved by the honesty, courage and grace of her words. She has started a new guest post …

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It’s all in your mind

What is love? What is life? What is time? Please tell me. What are the words you choose? Are there words that can accurately convey these concepts? Well, we try to come up with them. But in my experience words are so limiting and often fail miserably at communicating such subjective and powerful ideas. It’s like trying …

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