Inspiration is a funny thing; a complex companion. At times it wakes you, startles you, surprises you from the most unlikely places, or whispers to you, “write this down so you’ll remember,” or “do something about this.” Elizabeth Gilbert, in Big Magic, writes: “Inspiration is trying to send me messages in every form it can – through dreams, through portents, through clues, through coincidences (I don’t believe in coincidences), through deja vu, through surprising waves of attraction and reaction, through the chills that run up my arms, through the hair that stands up on the back of my neck, through
The secret to magic in your life? It’s really so simple. Maybe not always easy – but simple. Magic is all around us, if we pay attention. I remember reading a quote from a British author, who wrote, “The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Oprah Winfrey recently said there are three principles she incorporates into her life every day. Do you know what the first one was? She pays attention. I was shouting an Amen to that. And the more we pay attention during our days, to the beauty that surrounds
Here I find myself on the road again. In a hotel again. Texas this time, Dallas, then Waco, then Austin, y’all. So, travel. Are you someone who loves it? It’s one of my favorite indulgences (or is it a necessity?) in this world. There are so many beautiful places, different climates and landscapes, so many interesting people and different cultures (even within the U.S.) to experience. I always learn so much, have so much fun, enjoy different foods and relish the feeling of exploring new landscapes. What’s not to love? Well the one thing I missed, was a quiet space
When someone asks, “what’s your favorite song?” Well, that’s a tough one. Choosing a favorite song is like being asked to choose a favorite child. In both cases, by the way, it can depend on the day. And behind every favorite song is a story. Am I right? Some stories are untold and held vividly in our mind’s eye and heart, others we might enjoy telling over and over.
Ahh, NASA. To infinity and beyond. Space exploration. My daughter works at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She’s a pilot and a marketing guru and deeply involved in the world of drones or perhaps more accurately, how drones will become more and more a part of our world, and how to regulate, safely manage and also dream about the possibilities they present.
We can establish a meditation practice, but why? Why do we begin? To get in touch with our inner thoughts? To loosen those thoughts from any stranglehold they may have on us? To notice that we are sleeping a little better? That we have become more patient, a little calmer, less reactive or jumpy? For our health because we’ve heard the practice can naturally reduce blood pressure, be healthy for our heart and lungs, calm the nervous system, etc.? To be a nicer person? These are all good, legitimate reasons to meditate. And knowing this, we may decide to
For the prosperous, it’s not about getting more stuff or having more stuff, it’s about having the freedom to make almost any decision you want. Freedom is the greatest prosperity. Freedom to breathe fully. Freedom to choose one thought over another. Freedom to love as fully as my heart desires. Freedom to stand taller than my circumstances without fear. Freedom to grow. Freedom to learn. Freedom to be aware. Freedom to be in the present moment. Freedom to meditate and be still. Freedom to make choices that allow me to spend my time in ways that are enriching
We’re six weeks into the new year and I’m a bit tardy in sharing this with you for the new year. We’ve already waded ino it, haven’t we? But we’ve only just gotten our feet wet.
My daughter and I turned around, to the tune of over 100 miles in the opposite direction of where we were headed, to visit Devil’s Tower, located at the very eastern edge of Wyoming, very close to the border of South Dakota. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
I love a road trip. I love the things I see, really see, you know, that deep down in your soul kind of sight, while moving across the landscape. I’ve taken many road trips with my husband and recently road tripped across the country with my daughter. I used to road trip with my four kids in tow. I’ve road tripped up and down the Oregon coast on a couple occasions with different girlfriends. My parents took me and my siblings on more road trips than I can count when we were kids and were still at it when we