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  • March 25, 2018
    Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 12
    Making positive decisions that affect my well being became my mindfulness mantra for 2018. Ready to step into the New Year with specific goals for my body,...

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  • March 18, 2018
    "The goal of meditation isn't to control your thoughts, it's to stop letting them control you." 
    Creating the time and space for meditation has proved positive with an 82-day streak. A practice I follow with my Calm app. Each morning I embrace the quiet habit I have formed, setting my intention for the day ahead. Those ten minutes provide the space I need to begin my day in a peaceful state.
    I...

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  • March 11, 2018
    For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.              ~Hebrews 12:11
    52 weeks of gratitude: Week 10
    It is hard to believe we are already ten weeks into 2018, another reminder of how quickly time flies. In the ten weeks of 2018 as well as December of 2017, I have fulfilled...

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  • March 4, 2018
    "Nothing changes if nothing changes." 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 9
    Over the past couple of years, the word mindfulness kept showing up in my life until I finally decided to pay attention. This curiosity of presence uncovered the stillness I was searching for by creating a necessary habit in my mornings.
    Through the years, I have attempted several types of meditation with books, websites and,...

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  • February 25, 2018
     
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 8
    It was difficult to wrap my head around the anniversary of his death. Twenty-five years pass like a haze compared to the 5 we shared with him, and yet the calendar pages easily identify times chasm. Even today, after all these years, grief arrives in swells. Time has done its best to soften the edges like a smooth stone, washed repeatedly with the echo of what...

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  • February 19, 2018
    "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 7
    As I mentioned my brother Joe's Valentine birthday, with his death almost 15 years ago, a friend asked me to share my favorite story of him. This thoughtful question brought him to life in touching detail allowing me to focus more on his memory instead of his death, and I giggled as I recalled this moment...

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  • February 11, 2018
     "What screws up most in life is the picture in our heads of how it is supposed to be."
    52 weeks of gratitude: Week 6 
    Throughout life, we are crestfallen when things do not unfold the way we had planned. I have found myself daydreaming responses before they actualize. Images of the future I imagine form in my minds eye before knowing the answer. 
    All the possibilities that arrive when we land...

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  • February 4, 2018
    "I will never forget the moment they told me that your heart had stopped. Even though mine broke in that second, it strangely kept beating." ~ Zoe Clarke Coates 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week five
    It will be 20 years on Wednesday since my father died. I still grieve that loss...
    3/12/44 - 2/7/98
    Twenty years of reality rumbles painfully through me as the truth of your existence collides with...

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  • January 22, 2018
    "Happiness is the joy you feel moving towards your potential." ~ Shawn Achor 
    52 Weeks of gratitude: Week 4
    Hard to believe we are already into the fourth week of the New year yet I am still inspired by the power of gratitude and the happiness it brings.
    Recently while listening to a podcast featuring Shawn Achor, I was reminded of the powerful ways in which gratitude can improve our lives. In...

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  • January 15, 2018
    Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world
    ~Saeah Ban Breathnach 
    Taking care of myself has always been important, but without a routine, things slowly fall out of place. A missing piece to the puzzle leaving elements lacking. Exercise, but not choose healthy foods, choose...

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