Enjoy the simple things in life with all your senses: sipping coffee on the deck, watching the loons on the lake, listening to the chatter of songbirds, smelling the freshly mown grass, and holding the hand of your special someone.
Do you meditate? Do your meditation practices involve only sitting?
Did you know there are other kinds of meditation that are extremely beneficial?
The key to all types of meditation is mindfulness. Thoughts are going to ramble through your mind. Let them. Acknowledge each one and then let it go. Breath naturally, slow and steady. Feel the air enter and leave your body ─ from your belly to your nose or, if you can, from the tips of your toes to your nose. Continue reading
Sadly, in my opinion and based on personal experience, people don’t consider minimizing, or simplifying, their lives until later in life. Sometimes, it’s in the forties, but more often it’s in the fifties and sixties.
When we’re young, we have the motivation and ambition to work hard. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s something we must do. But, we choose to reap the rewards by spending our hard-earned money. Continue reading
What do you eat?
How often do you look at the labels on the packaged foods you eat?
Do you opt for convenience over health?
Changing your lifestyle to become a healthy eating can mean eliminating just one thing from your diet. Continue reading
This isn’t just another casualty of autumn. Last winter as I walked the trails with my camera, shooting new-fallen snow, barren trees, cerulean sky, and blue shadows, I spied this little leaf lying forlornly on the snow. I imagined that he was one of the last hanger-on and finally let go in the breeze on that cold January day. He wanted me to take his picture for posterity before he gave in to the next snow that would surely blanket him. There he’d hibernate until spring and then dissolve into the earth creating food for trees, old and new, and more leaves that would become part of yet another a beautiful, colorful landscape. He would perform tiny, but essential, role before succumbing to the eternal cycle of life that is Mother Nature.
And speaking of birds, how cool is this? I just ran across this shot Continue reading
Kerry feeds the birds. Yeah, they make a mess around her deck and lawn, but those quiet moments when she just sits and watches as they flit around, cracking seeds sending shells across the lawn, and fluttering back and forth between the feeder and the maple tree, are what makes her life wonderful.
It’s almost meditational. She quietly appreciates Continue reading
Are you a multitasker, even when you eat? Are you shoveling in your fast food while you check email, Twitter, and Facebook?
I want to suggest that when you eat, Continue reading
Are you thinking about minimizing your life? Do you finally want to simplify your home and remove all the junk you no longer need. Are you ready to attack your cluttered life today?
Don’t start yet. Wait until you’ve read this post. Continue reading