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Stand in the Place Where You Are

Start at the place where your own feet stand. ~Zen Saying I escaped by myself to my favorite spot along the greenspace with its tangled bouganvilla and bushes, its trumpet vine-laden live oaks, its scrub jays and grey squirrels, its hidden fall wildflowers that only shyly show their faces after the greenery has been observed…

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My Hero Zero

There comes a time when an individual becomes irresistible and his action becomes all-pervasive in its effects. This comes when he reduces himself to zero. ~Mahatma Gandhi I’ve been struggling the last few days. I haven’t been speaking to others with gentleness. I have been bouncing from small, but urgent, necessaries of life with children…

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Tonight I’ve Got To Cut Loose

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. ~Rumi Today emptied my emotional and physical stores repeatedly. I have nothing left to give tonight, although I tried many times to work on several posts. So,…

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Simple Breathing for Managing Moods

The Yogic practice of breathing, called pranayama, is an ancient method for mobilizing the body and mind toward balance. When we restrict the breath, we diminish our energy levels. When we relearn to breathe deeply, we allow our mind and body to utilize the nutrient-carrying and waste-removing power of oxygen in our blood. In Yoga,…

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My Family Favorite Mexican Chicken Soup

I love homemade soups that are easy to vary, depending on my mood. This soup can be blended to creamy consistency with sour cream or it can be made cheesy with plenty of melted-in-the-bowl shredded cheese. You can increase the tang by adding red wine vinegar or make it as hot as you’d like by…

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6 Ways to Gently Combat Chronic Pain Naturally

I’ve been managing chronic pain for over two years now. I’m not averse to seeking medical treatment, including medications, to treat symptoms, as well as root causes. But, as anyone with chronic conditions knows, there are times when they flare up despite utilized therapies and popping another pill may not be feasible or practical. At…