Thursday, March 8, 2018
The image above is a finger labyrinth similar to a labyrinth you might find to walk in a cathedral or out in nature. Using the finger labyrinth is a mindfulness practice you can print out and carry with you. Simply use your finger to trace the path beginning at the opening at the bottom.
The labyrinth differs from a maze in that you do not need to figure it out. Simply by being present to the path you will arrive at the center, the core. Enhance your mindfulness experience by using conscious breathing, being aware of your breath as it moves in and out.
The labyrinth can be used over and over as a daily practice or at a time when you feel you need to re-center.
This and more printable labyrinths can be found at http://www.quietmeadows.org/finger_labrynth.htm
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Monday, February 19, 2018
One way I like to bring myself back to center is to read a page or two in a book that I love and then take something from the reading into a mindfulness moment. Maybe just a few minutes or longer if that feels good. The image above is from one of my all time favorite books, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh. A friend gave me this book 22 years ago and I have read and re-read it several times. It nourishes my soul and always provides for some great re-minders.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
If you accept people just as they are they will show your their beauty.
Accepting them doesn't necessarily mean liking their choices or even spending time with them but rather accepting what is. In doing so you are expressing your beauty. In doing so you create a safe place for them to express their beauty.
It may take time. It may take patience. It may even be a long and difficult journey. You may get to experience the parts of yourself you don't yet accept and love unconditionally. It is a process. Eventually the beauty that was always there will emerge.
Have eyes for that.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
This is one of the most helpful and most difficult things I have ever learned. It is incredible how powerful it is. It isn't in our nature to lean towards discomfort of any kind. What I have learned is that it is the quickest route through the pain.