Mindful Musings

Chaos, Kindness, Chaos, Kindness…

Loved the quote I heard the other day: "chaos, kindness, chaos, kindness..." This is how we stay within ourselves when life has other plans. We fall into chaos and then, with kindness and compassion for self, find our center again. Sometimes the "chaos" is...

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Alignment is an Action Word

What comes to mind when you hear the word alignment?   Rigidity?  Straight-as-an-arrow?  Measured?  Rarity? (the stars and planets aligned)  Rightness? Judged? Plumb line? I've been thinking about the concept of alignment a lot lately, for two very different reasons....

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Thnx! Thnx! Thnx!

Dear Snow Bank, THNX! THNX! THNX! Here I thought I was going to be able to continue to wallow in my foggy, wintery, flu-infused misery a little longer as the snow turned into a frozen, yucky mass of mud. But then! I came home to find YOU at the end of my driveway....

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WHAT IF?

I've been sitting on this blog post for days. Why? Can't seem to find my voice. Can't seem to get the right juju going. Can't seem to be able to say what I really want to convey. My self-critic is loud.  My easy-going-go-with-the-flow-jump-in-with-two-feet voice is...

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Thanks Thanks Thanks

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! For Showing Up For Pressing PAUSE For Trying For Believing For Being Brave For Accepting Guidance For Digging Deep For Taking Micro-Steps For Leaping For Holding On For Leaning In For Asking Hard Questions For Embracing...

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Who Rescued Whom?

Today's musing is brought to you by Scout, the newest member of the family! Here's what happened: We've been visiting the Huron Valley Humane Society on a regular basis for a while. We had a very painful experience with another rescue two years ago, and...

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Oxygen

I spent the better part of an hour this morning trying to find a poem or a song lyric that could match the way I was feeling. I came up with nothing. I think that's because I cant quite figure out what will land that feels right. I cant not understand the world right...

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Keeping the “Cool” in Back to School

This week I am happy to introduce Jan MacKenzie, MA, as my guest blogger. This time of year, as we say goodbye to summer and buckle down into fall, is a time of many transitions and avenues for stress. Getting back into the school mindset is at the top of the list for...

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Happy Fall!

Dear Reader, Today is the first day of fall. The fact that summer is over makes me feel (using a surfer term here) wonky --- here comes a wave that is hard to read and challenging to ride. On the one hand there is the beauty and freshness that autumn brings, and on...

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Totally Eclipsed

PROFOUND. OTHERWORLDLY. AWESOME. HUMBLING. CRAZY. WHOA. There's no way I could get through this week without writing about the Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017.  We here in Michigan only got a tiny taste of it, and yet all who viewed it felt somehow transformed. I got a...

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Breathing to Connect

As I contemplated my theme for my yoga classes this week, it was difficult not to feel overwhelmed (once again) by the deep hurt, fear, anger and separation permeating our country and world. Where do we go from here? How do we pick up the pieces and find a way to move...

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Going for It!

Welcome to my new adventure! I have been working on gaining the courage to throw myself into the blogging world and today is the day. I am admittedly a little nervous with that "butterflies in my gut" kind of feeling. I am acutely aware of my biggest fears: Will I be...

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