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Keystone Habits

Keystone Habits

Keystone habits can be defined as “small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives” according to Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit. In architecture a “keystone” is the...
Reflections

Reflections

The crispness in the air and the vibrant foliage colors remind us that autumn is here, and winter awaits.  This is the time of year, after vacations or at the least some lazy summer days, when life returns to a more predictable rhythm of school and workdays. This year...
The Power of Poetry

The Power of Poetry

This week as I pondered what to write I kept thinking of how words can be swords, shields or salves.  At this time, I think we could all use a salve.  For me poetry is just that, a soul- soothing salve.  Mary Oliver beautifully describes the power of...
Our Web of Connection

Our Web of Connection

While pondering what to write this week my thoughts kept returning to the importance of connection in our lives.  The importance of family, of friends, of community, of feeling like we’re part of a network. As COVID restrictions continue and we try to find ways to...
Act “As If”

Act “As If”

What if the way we act, our chosen behaviors, could change the way we think and feel? William James, considered the “Father of American psychology” states, “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.”   James is suggesting that we can take deliberate action...
KINDNESS IS KING

KINDNESS IS KING

“Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.” ~The 14th Dalai Lama  I love this quote as it always reminds me that kindness is always accessible to us—even when, especially when—benevolence may not be front and center in our hearts and minds. As the Pandemic...
FINDING JOY IN THE MUD

FINDING JOY IN THE MUD

I was feeling a bit sluggish and tired on this Sunday morning after another week of our ‘new normal’ and the never-ending “Breaking News” cycle.  Thank goodness I have many sources of good news in my email inbox each day to add balance to my perspective.  Today’s...
THE POWER OF OUR BREATH

THE POWER OF OUR BREATH

It’s August and we’re still deeply entrenched in learning to live with this pandemic.  Back in March this would have seemed unbelievable…yet here we are. One thing I’ve told myself many times during these past months is “Take a deep breath.”  I’ve also given this sage...
PRESENT NOW IS YOUR PRESENT LATER

PRESENT NOW IS YOUR PRESENT LATER

Here we are months into the COVID19 pandemic. We’ve had to find new ways of doing just about everything. There are just as many tasks on our lists, actually most likely more and we may not be feeling very efficient. We take a deep breath and charge forward. Sadly many...
SPIRE: Well-being for our whole being

SPIRE: Well-being for our whole being

Two months ago I wrote about the importance of taking care of ourselves with kindness and self-compassion during this time of challenge and isolation (see: Be A Friend To Yourself). Little did I know back in April when that was written that today we would still be...