Mindfulness and Journaling

I love journals! I love the empty paper that gets filled with our inner most thoughts, our frustrations, our joys, our gratitude, our prayers, and pretty much anything we want to put on paper. There are journals where people just do a “brain dump’ and just write without any formal process or topic. There are…

Visualization and Zen

I recently saw a post on facebook about yoga and basically, the western trendy use of it vs. the real use of it. It made me think that maybe what I am writing here, using the word zen and things like that is maybe not as appropriate as I thought. After thinking about it for…

Nature and Mindfulness

    Do you find being in nature relaxing? Does it stress you out being out there? How does this picture make you feel? For me, this picture is both ominous and eerie as well as peaceful and calming. I took this picture after I noticed it while I was driving around the lake in…

Creativity and Mindfulness

I recently wrote a bit about my love of being creative. I wrote how I have always loved being creative, at least that is how my brain remembers my past. I was raised with a creative mother, creative aunt, and creative grandmother, as well as creative cousins. I stopped being creative when I was a…

Gardening and Mindfulness

Here in the Northeast, the days are shorter and the nights are longer. As much as I love the northeast and the changing of the seasons, I hate the short days. I’m also not a big fan of the cold weather, nor am I a big fan of the hot weather, but at least in…

Stress

I feel like I’ve gotten away from why I started this blog. I started this to talk about ways of creating mindfulness through creativity, nature, and healthy eating as well as more traditional mindfulness and meditation practices. As time has moved on, I feel like the mindfulness piece has fallen to the back and other…

Permission

I’ve been reading the book “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, for a virtual book club. The first couple of sections were good and I got a lot out of it, but I am now reading the permission section and am only a few pages in and boy is it ever speaking to me. Now, I…

Zen Troubles

What do you do when living a zenful life doesn’t come easy? Do you give up or do you press on knowing that is the life you truly wish to lead? Lately, as much as I want to live a zenful, calm, and relaxed life, I am finding that I don’t. My goals to disconnect…

Thanksgiving

Here in the US, it’s Thanksgiving day. Tomorrow is the official start of the Christmas season. Today, though, is the day that we give thanks for the things we are thankful for all year long. Tuesday, I listened to a podcast fromĀ The Journal DeckĀ about how our culture tends to save giving thanks and being grateful…

Holidays

I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving week. Before we know know it, Christmas will be here and gone and the new year will start. Every year, we struggle with Christmas. Mostly with the amount of money that we spend. This year, I want to really enjoy the holiday and teach my children the true meaning…

Making Headway

I had a slight revelation this morning. I’m wondering if being an advocate would be a good direction to take my career? I’m wondering if advocacy, at least in the short term, would give me a job doing something I could be passionate about but still have the goal to do my more creative holistic…

Decisions

My last post was all about figuring out my passions. Knowing what my passions are is not my issue. I know that some people don’t have any idea what their passions are and have no idea how to find their passion in life. I do know what my passions are, but I haven’t figured out…