Friday’s Thought – A Good Day’s Work

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”

(Henri Matisse)

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

Goodness sake, this train’s a dive!

And here I wore my best beehive.

Maybe next time I’ll plan ahead,

Walk or take a cab instead.

 

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Saturday’s Thought – Abundance

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”

(Epicurus)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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February 14, 2018 · 1:23 pm

Being Mindful of Giving Thanks

As I’m making progress in my recovery from whatever was making me ill (at this point I’m pretty sure it was a combination of age-related hormone changes + a walloping case of anxiety about what was going on with my body), I’m mindful of wanting to give thanks for all the love and support I’ve received from family and friends.  When you’re anxious and scared, it’s easy to feel like you’re all alone.  Even though there were times when I felt pretty awful over the past two months, I never felt alone…so a BIG THANK YOU for being there for me!

For those of you who might struggle with anxiety as well, or are just curious to know what’s helped me so far, I’m happy to share.  I see this recovery as an ongoing journey – one that will ultimately make me stronger, healthier, (and hopefully) wiser and more compassionate along the way.

In addition to my new ritual of daily meditation (I like to do my meditation just before breakfast), I’ve also done daily yoga sessions on Youtube with this wonderful teacher.  Getting outdoors for exercise in the sunshine and fresh air has also worked wonders.

Since our minds have an uncanny ability to sabotage our best intentions at times, I’ve also found it helpful to keep furthering my reading on meditation and mindfulness practice.   My book pile above currently includes the following titles:

How to Sit – Thich Nhat Hanh

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffers, Ph.D

Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness – Arnie Koza, Ph.D

5-Minute Calm 

Breathe: The Well-Being Special

The Mindfulness Manual

(Not pictured, but also incredibly helpful have been the following two books: Minding the Body, Mending the Mind – Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, and, The Upward Spiral – Alex Korb, Ph.D)

XOX – Joana

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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

 

He was just another chap,

Who was sporting a NY cap.

But his lips caught my eye,

‘Cause they were lush for a guy.

 

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Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner (Bar…)

(P.S.  The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy.)

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