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Everything Is Borrowed, Including Our Time Here

This proverb landed in my inbox like a profound gift today.   It put lots of things into perspective.  As I thought about what meaning I could take from a friend who’s in critical condition, I realized that we have no guarantees, that it’s our job every single day to be clear about what’s important, to […]

When Your Commute Sucks, Make It a Joyride

While Ram Dass was absolutely right in cautioning that “If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family,” you don’t need to leave town for this reality check.  You can get it every morning when you commute. Based on mine, I was probably adding 13 lifetimes to my tab every single day. […]

Mom Saw Need for Mindful Emailing Way Back in 1979

The Old-School Version of Tweeting In 1979, my fourth grade class was rocked by a major note-passing scandal. Back then, we wrote notes with the same frequency and flair that girls now text, tweet, Instagram, and SnapChat.  The delivery system could be a problem, however, as notes could be intercepted by observant nuns. Sister Paula […]

Ditch the Resolutions – Just Show Up

It’s January, and we all know what that means: resolution time.  With a January 5 birthday, I feel double the pressure to take stock and make detailed plans for the year. Like most Americans, by mid-February I’ve not only stopped following my resolutions, I’ve also completely forgotten what they even were. […]

Left brain - right brain

Dealing with Your Noisy Left Brain: How to Reconcile Your Differences

I have a very loud, very busy left brain that I call Lefty.  (For those neuroanatomy purists, I use the term ‘left brain’ loosely.  Our brains aren’t so neatly divided, but humor me for ease of description.) Four things about Lefty before I get to our current dilemma: 1.  Lefty is my highly verbal, analytical […]

Clearing your energy field

Your Energy Field Is a VIP Space: Be Your Own Bouncer

I wrote a few weeks ago about Bad Apples – those people who contage others with their negativity.  We’ve probably all been one at some time or another. Today’s post is about the other side: what you choose to take in. Lots of us unconsciously (or even consciously) take in lots of other people’s garbage […]