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My Favorite Things – Recipes for Mindful Living

It’s actually that simple.  But if you’re like me and sometimes forget to do this most profound of mindfulness exercises, I recommend adding a few inspirational books to your mental “diet” as well. I loved, loved, (REALLY loved!) reading Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment by Ezra Bayda, and plan to reread it often.  I’ve also enjoyed listening to Ezra’s one hour talk on Love, Relationships and Spiritual Practice. The talk is conveniently divided up into four 15 minute segments – which makes it easier to absorb and process.  If you’re curious, take a look below: And these days I’m reading Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pemo Chodron.  Despite working to “wake up” quite a bit over the past year, I’ve discovered that old habits, thought patterns and fears still die hard, so a new perspective in how to tackle old issues is always welcome. Remember… “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” Pema Chodron

My Favorite Things – Decluttering!

In case you needed more reasons to tackle spring cleaning…

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 …

Why I Love What I Do…

(Even though it’s a balancing act sometimes!) As a musician and illustrator, I work very long hours.  When I’m not “on the clock” officially, I’m always busy trying to improve – whether that means putting in extra time sketching at my drafting table, or standing in front of my music stand practicing the viola.  The beauty of loving what you do is that you can lose yourself in a state of flow where time seems suspended and work doesn’t feel like work.  And the advantage of wearing two hats (in my case, as an illustrator and a musician), is that when the going gets tough in one arena- and there WILL always be difficult days – you can retain some sanity by focusing on how you will move forward in the other.  On the best days, both loves serve each other fueling focus, creativity and smart time management. How did I develop my passion for both music and art?  In the music case, it was easy.  I grew up in a musical house where both …