Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue is an heart-warming Christmas movie that was filmed in 1996 based on the depression. There are amazing parallels to the economic conditions of today. Wonderful story about family, faith and love.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Ok, I said I was ok with this, but that was in day one or two or three. This is getting to be a bit much.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Love Letter

I miss my friend Marie. She passed away on October 31st this year. She was such a loving soul, always calling to check in to see how we were doing and what we were up to. We spent many of our holidays with her (center of photo) and with her sister Martha. Marie loved life, photography, hiking, flowers and was deeply loyal to her friends. When she found out she had cancer earlier this year, she chose not to fight it. She wanted to spend her time with family and friends and trust the process of release.

I know you are free now Marie. I cherish the fond memories and your deep love. You continue to be a blessing.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friendship and Women

I read about a study done at UCLA that suggests that women respond to stress with a cascade of brain chemicals that cause us to make and maintain friendships with other women. Women have known this all along but it was interesting to learn that researchers left out women when performing their studies on stress. Now they have learned that women respond to stress so much differently than men.

I believe that we are so much more powerful when we support each other. I am so grateful for all the wonderful, powerful, amazing women in my life!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Let It Snow!

Growing up in upstate New York, I would become quite upset when winter storms showed up and disrupted my plans. I took it personally that I couldn't get out or do the things I wanted.

It is very beautiful around our house today. Watching the snow fall and feeling a sense of non-attachment to it, is truly a blessing. It allows me to be in the moment and not stress over having to do anything. I can just be. What a powerful practice of peace.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Is Your Ship Sinking??

Have you heard the phrase rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? It means we are spending so much time arranging and re-arranging our outward conditions while we are slowing sinking into the abyss of unrecognized fear and outdated beliefs. It happens when we are attempting to ‘fix’ what isn’t working. Some time ago I worked with a client that was having trouble in her marriage. Rather than seek counseling or face the truth about their relationship, they went on vacation in Italy, racking up a great deal of debt, physically and emotionally.
It is difficult to stabilize on unstable territory. Eventually, we have to go into the dark to do the deep work and face the fears and beliefs that are holding us back.

I see this happening frequently in today’s economy. There is a reason for the shake-up. The Universe is giving us the opportunity to empty down to the core to find the real truth for ourselves.

Eric Butterworth says, "There is only one way by which you can achieve prosperity. It is to take charge of your mind. You may be looking for some magic formula, some new metaphysical cliché’ that will change things. But if you want to change our life, you will have to alter your thoughts."

I believe in order to alter our thoughts we have to get to the core of what we believe. Doing our inner work will remarkable change our outer circumstances.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I am Willing to Receive

I talked with a friend the other day that just had major surgery. A challenging part of healing is to receive care from her husband. He has been taking care of her and making sure she is comfortable. On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer. Of course he should take care of her. But when you are used to being the person caring for everyone else, it becomes a challenge.

I had that experience last week when I visited my friend at the coast. I found it difficult to have her prepare our meals and clean up. It took a lot of energy to sit still and not help.

Receiving is a spiritual practice and prepares us for receiving even more of God’s blessings.