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The Not-So Patient Patient

The Not-So Patient Patient

It’s been 4 weeks now that I’ve been dealing with this.  The first two weeks were a sinus infection; the last two have been an ear infection.  Everyday, I wake up and wonder when my ears will feel normal again, and when I’ll…
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Be Like A Bird

Be Like A Bird

I love to sit in my backyard – just taking in whatever I see, hear, and feel.  This practice is called the “sit-spot” – a technique used by naturalists to immerse themselves in the experience of a chosen location in nature, to get to know the flo…
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Pause and Be Present

Pause and Be Present

I have this painting you see here on my stairway.  It’s a print of a watercolor of my spiritual teacher, Amma.  I fell in love with it a few years ago, and knew it would look lovely on the landing of our stairs. Every day, as I descend the 7 steps at t…
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Awakening of Gratitude

Awakening of Gratitude

I was lying on a treatment table at my acupuncturist’s office, with a painful ear infection.   I had felt mentally, emotionally, and energetically better since the first treatment two days ago, but the ears continued to feel blocked, and I…
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Am I Better or Worse Than…?

Am I Better or Worse Than…?

The mind likes to do a lot of comparing.  Am I doing as well as that person over there?  My yoga poses suck.  I am the best in the class!  Their car is nicer than mine.  It would be easy to write pages of this, wouldn’t it?  It’s all too familiar. In m…
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The Power of Dandelions

The Power of Dandelions

One of the first flowers to reveal itself in the spring, the Dandelion is a common sight in sidewalk cracks and my own front yard.  I saw the first one stealthily growing next to my African daisy by the front fence. I pledged to stop pulling up th…
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