Mindful Musings Blog

March: Transcendence to Spring

"There's something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring comes after winter." - Rachel Carson Three doves strut on the roof outside the window, moments after I sit on my own perch with my first...

February: We Are All Perfectly Imperfect

"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."  Salvador Dali According to mindfulness experts, the flaw of perfectionism can be our biggest obstacle in the development of mindfulness and self-compassion. As we age, it can be especially corrosive to our...

January: 7 Ways to Appreciate Winter’s Wonders

"Life is very short and the quiet hours of it few." As the Polar Vortex threatens to creep southward and invade the northern states again, we San Diegans are hearing forecasts of 80 degrees for the week ahead. (No, I'm not trying to rub it in to all my friends and...

December: Guilt-Free Choices

"The way to take care of the future is also to take good care of the present moment." - Thich Nhat Hanh The sign is posted on the trunk of a live oak tree at the entrance of the parking lot of Deer Park Monastery in Escondido. We had arrived fairly early to attend a...

November: Don’t Fall Back

"In the choice to let go of your known way of being, the whole world is revealed to your new eyes." - Donna Faulds My midlife reawakening in 1998 wasn't planned. If someone had told me I'd be moving from New England to California someday, leaving behind a secure life...

October: Ghosts of Your Past

"Don't let the past steal your present." A leaf scudding along, dancing in the wind, has no fear of where it will land. It will let the wind have it's way until it stills, and then the leaf will rest and just be.  When we are mindful and present we, too, can dance...

September: Rituals & Routines

  "The future is not someplace we are going to, but a place we are creating.  The paths to it are not found, they are made."  - John Schaar Just this month, Diana Nyad finally – in her fifth attempt – achieved a goal she set 35 years ago: To become the first person to...

August: Acceptance of Imperfection

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone."  - Lin Yutang This month I'm musing about acceptance of imperfection. Letting go of the need to be perfect. I observe it often in many people – including myself. It's not...

July: Celebrate Your Independence

"Life begins on the edge of your comfort zone." How close to your edge have you ventured lately? This month, as our nation celebrates its independence, I'm also celebrating my personal independence that has led me to a more fulfilling life. Mindfulness has helped me...

June: Lighten Up

"We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."  Marcel Proust What does “lighten up” mean to you? Losing a few pounds to be ready for swimsuit season? Eating lighter food as the weather turns warmer? What about lightening up your...

May: Nurture Respect

"We can do no great things - only small things with great love."  Mother Teresa Where do you need to show more respect? To others or yourself? What/who needs nurturing? I'm taking this month to reflect on respect and invite you to join me. In Twelve Mindful Months,...

April: Spring Clean Awareness

 “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”  Buddha Each spring, as shoots, leaves and blossoms burst forth from bare branches and barren earth, I can’t help but think of the possibilities that lie within me waiting to be...

March: Self-Reflection Leads to Transcendence

"Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.  Do you have the patience to wait until your mind settles and the water is clear?"  Lao-Tzu March is like a door ajar to spring.  You can get a peek at the other side of winter when the door cracks open as the temperature rises...

February: Love Your Heart/Love Your Body

"The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity."  Ruby Dee Three years ago this month I lost my father.  The official cause of death was lung failure.  He’d been hospitalized for three weeks battling a...

January: Resolution Rejuvenation

"Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself." Hermann Hesse On the last Friday of December at Torrey Pines, a State Reserve not far from my home where I often hike, I arrived to see swarms of others with the same...

December: Guilt-Free Choices

"Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."   Americans are consumed with guilt.  Or at least that’s what advertisers want us to believe.  There are...

November: (Don’t) Fall Back

“Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward.” – Soren Kierkegaard   My book/baby, Twelve Mindful Months, came into the world October 18th and it was an exciting birth:  Its beauty exceeded my expectations.  (It’s okay to brag about your baby,...

October: Ghosts of Your Past

“When you produce peace & happiness in yourself, you begin to realize peace for the whole world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh   My delivery date has been set for the week of October 15th.  The baby will be a Libra, my rising sign.  For those of you who haven’t been following my...

September: Rituals & Routines

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” - Buddha   Those wise words of Buddha are dancing on my landscape of life right now. As I complete the final edits of my book before it goes to press, and plow through all the rest of my to-do list that goes with...

August: Patience & Acceptance

"Nature doesn’t hurry…yet everything is accomplished."– Lao-Tzu My baby was due to arrive August 20th - until last month, when the due date was changed to September. My “baby” is actually a book I’m about to publish called Twelve Mindful Months. I've been told that...