Question of the Day: “What can you take away from Don Miguel Ruiz’s four agreements?”

Today I am thinking heavily about the third agreement: “Don’t make assumptions.” Ruiz writes that we are living in a dream, and we turn this dream into a nightmare every time we assume what others are thinking or feeling about us. Oh, is this so true for me. My empathic abilities, which always enable me…

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Faith and the Empath

“Oh, but I need some time off from that emotion Time to pick my heart up off the floor Oh, when that love comes down without devotion Well, it takes a strong man, baby But I’m showin’ you the door ‘Cause I gotta have faith I gotta’ have faith” -George Michael Even to the devout,…

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Looking for the Signs

Yesterday, my friend showed me something. Two weeks ago her mother-in-law passed away. My friend has been grappling with mourning her death because she struggled with dementia for twelve years. The last six years, her mother-in-law has been unresponsive.  She has been unable to swallow properly for the last year. Everyone prayed for her to…

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Satisfied Saturday

When I see the word “satisfied”, I think of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.  In Baz Luhrmann’s version of the Shakespeare classic, Leonardo DeCaprio (aka Romeo) stands against Tybalt.  Juliet’s fiery cousin feels as if Romeo has dishonored the Capulet family by entering their big bash the night before uninvited.  Only Romeo knows that hours before…

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Fortuitous Friday

Ah…alliteration. It was not easy to come up with an “F” word that could carry me through this last day of the work week.  There were a few words that start with “F” for today, but I wanted to remain positive. I finally settled on this one. The definition of fortuitous is “happening by a…

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Monday, Monday…Can’t Trust that Day…

I have always loved this song by the Mamas and the Papas.  What a great band with such troubled lives. As I sit here and write this, I am by a window that is letting in the first new rays of sunlight. The sky is streaked with blues and pinks and salmon colored clouds. On…

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Filling the Silence

Much of the time, I am trying to fill the silence.  There has been a lack of silence in my life.  My family growing up consisted of three male siblings. My father is a very loud man. We used to joke that to be heard in our house, we had to yell.  Noise was a…

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The Space Between

“It has been said that it’s the space between the bars that holds the tiger. And it’s the silence between the notes that makes the music. It is out of the silence, or “the gap,” or that space between our thoughts, that everything is created-including our own bliss.” – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer I am…

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Breath Is Your Anchor

The yoga instructor sat cross legged in front of us. Our eyes were closed and we were breathing.  Deep inhales and exhales through our noses.  The rhythm of our breath was setting a vibe in the room, and his voice was soft but clear. “Your breath is your anchor.  When things are feeling out of…

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