Letting go of fear

Day 286 of #LiveWell2017 Someone once told me "fear is a great source of power." I suppose it can motivate one to action, but my experience is that it has more of a paralyzing effect. When I am fearful, I tend to withdraw, to want to hide, to cover up my fear with sometimes inappropriate … Continue reading Letting go of fear

Bloom where you are

Day 199 of #LiveWell2017 Last week while biking home, I passed this sunflower growing out of a storm drain. It was the second time in just a few weeks I'd noticed a plant growing in an odd place. It occurred to me that these were great metaphors for making the most of life, even when … Continue reading Bloom where you are

Lose the phone

Day 142 of #LiveWell2017 I'm slowly working my way through Nancy Colier's book, The Power of Off. The first part of the book emphasizes our relationship with (i.e. our addiction to) technology and the second part lays out how that affects our relationships with others. So many of her examples could well be lifted right from the … Continue reading Lose the phone

On loss and letting go…

Day 135 of #LiveWell2017 Last week I lost something. My journal. The one I started on January 1st of this year and where I hatched my ideas for this blog and recorded quotes and notes from the many books I've read since then about meditation, mindfulness, kindness, and generosity. When I first realized it was … Continue reading On loss and letting go…

How a strange voice on the phone taught me a life lesson

Day 132 of #LiveWell2017 I was making phone calls to survey folks from a naturalist program I'm involved with - working my way down a list of people I didn't know, ticking off names as I interviewed someone or left a message. I was in the zone, getting the job done. I punched in a new number and waited for … Continue reading How a strange voice on the phone taught me a life lesson

Give your time and attention #generosity

Day 108 of #LiveWell2017 There is no greater gift to give someone than your time and attention. Just ask any kid who's parents work. In today's busy world, time seems to be the one thing we never have enough of. But even when we are together with those we love, are we really giving them our attention? … Continue reading Give your time and attention #generosity