Awakening Self Blog

Speaking From the Heart

This summer, my daughter and I shared an extraordinary week-long camping experience. There’s not a lot of words yet for what I feel. I can only offer feelings from my heart. The heart speaks in non-verbal ways – how to communica… read more

Ready to Relax

School’s out and summer is here.  I’m ready to relax – how about you? What I realize, though, is that I really didn’t have to wait until summer.  I could have learned to relax all along. We tend to carry so much tens… read more


Imagine sitting by the shore of a pond.  There is a gentle breeze, just enough to tickle you, on a balmy, warm day.  You can hear birds singing, talking to one another, with spacious periods of serene silence in-between.  At the near edge… read more

Just Begin

I like to walk on the treadmill at the gym, since I don’t have a nice hilly area right out the door to walk.  When I say “like”, however, that may not be the most accurate description. For the first several minutes, I constantly look at th… read more

May Day Motivation!

I’m writing this on the first day of May.  It snuck up on me like a squirrel trying to steal the strawberries out of our garden.  Before I knew it, he scampered away with a ripe red berry, and I was just as surprised when May arrived. This mid-… read more

New Perspective

I remember back in college my Sociology teacher gave us an interesting assignment.  For the next week, he told us, we needed to drive to and from our home by different routes each day.  We were then to reflect on how the experience affected u… read more

Are You Sick And Tired Of It?

It’s part 2 of my Not-So Patient Patient story. Yeah, believe it or not. Now I’m going on 8 weeks of having some sort of bug – I would seem to be almost over one ailment, and then I’d catch something else. I believe that… read more

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’… read more

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 k… read more

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 step… read more

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,… read more

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 fa… read more

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