Focusing on Happiness—Week Four

What I'm happy about this week: chocolate. Yes, that is as tasty as it looks. Well, it *was* as tasty as it looked 😀 It didn't last long. Chocolate and I have a long and happy history. Nothing picks up my spirits quite like it can. I keep a bar of super-dark chocolate handy while... Continue Reading →

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Focusing on Happiness—Week Two

What I'm happy about this week: my current knitting project 🙂 You may remember this hat from these moments of frustration that I posted on Twitter: The first two times I cast on for this project, I quickly realized I was knitting not a hat but a Möbius strip. I haven't knitted anything for quite... Continue Reading →

Opening Up to Happiness

Joyful Autumn Equinox, everyone! Today, night and day—light and dark—are balanced. Tomorrow, we begin the gentle exhale into the dark half of the year—my two favorite seasons. It seems a perfect time to start along a new path, to cultivate a new focus. As the wheel of the year turns, I am going to do... Continue Reading →

Acceptance

The last piece in this trio of blog posts is about acceptance. It's a skill as much as learning to maintain your focus. It takes practice. But it falls somewhere between the empirical and emotional partnering of focus and determination. It's about learning to be at peace. This is a skill I need to spend... Continue Reading →

Wanting and Having

In yoga and Tai Chi, maintaining your balance can be tricky. I used to wobble on one leg while getting into Tree pose and fall right over during (modified) Lord of the Dance. I tried imagining my energy flowing through whichever foot was on the ground, rooting me to the spot. I tried to improve... Continue Reading →

A Second Chance at Gratitude

When I sat down to write this post, I realized that I missed the July full moon. Not just posting about it—even being aware it was happening. This is something I try to avoid. Modern society has moved so far from the natural. Much of my life revolves around screens. Computer screens, phone screens, TV.... Continue Reading →

Moving Forward, Looking Back

This week marks an important milestone in my writing career. Tomorrow, July 7, it will have been one year since my first book, Wandering Soul, was published 🙂 I adore this book, and have been wanting to go back and read it again—to visit the characters and world of The Summer Park Psychics. The urge... Continue Reading →

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