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Saturday’s Thought – Abundance

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




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Happy Valentine’s Day!


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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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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From My Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

We each have a unique psyche,

Calm, nervous, excited or spiky.

Acceptance and love will go a long way,

To helping us make it through the day.

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Friday’s Thought – On Coping Strategies

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”

(Albert Schweitzer)

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The Perils of a Creative Mind

Or, where I’ve been for the last six weeks (the short version told in pictures.)

Back in mid-December, this happened…

And because I couldn’t figure out why I was having digestive upset, I went to numerous doctors seeking the answer.

Much to my surprise, I learned that I actually have sensitivities to… 

(Ok, not to ALL food; just to all grains, chicken, beef, lamb, shellfish, walnuts, almonds, coconut and…drum roll…lettuce!)  Figuring out how and what to eat became rather complicated.  The more I read, the more I obsessed and got scared.

While death didn’t seem exactly around the corner, the prospects of living a happy life felt rather remote.

I wish I could say I’m all better now.  My digestion DOES seem to be on the mend, but my oh-so-creative mind has been keeping me on my toes warning me of imminent doom every time I have a stomach gurgle or heart flutter.  Anxiety is truly the gift that keeps giving.

All that said, I’m also learning that anxiety can actually be a gift.   Facing it head on means engaging with your inner demons, letting down expectations of perfection, and learning new coping strategies and skills. 



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