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August 9, 2013

Just Believe in Yourself

For the past few weeks I have been listening as friends and family share their concerns with me. They want my advice and I will always give it readily and always lend them a shoulder to cry on. But lately I have been pressing on my own shoulders. Through the practices of reiki and meditation, I am learning how to calm my own anxieties and heal my own hurts. And through these ancient practices, I…
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June 13, 2013

12 Mantras to Brighten Your Day

Sometimes, when the day is rough, all you need is a great mantra to repeat to brighten your mood. Here are some of my favorites: (Tip: the elephant one is the Hindu God, Ganesh. He is known as the remover of obstacles. If you are going through something tough, repeat this mantra throughout the day and for several days).
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May 21, 2013

19 Reasons I am a 90’s Chick (and I Don’t Care)

While this song was stuck in my head, I started musing about the 90's. It was a time of baggy pants, bubble-gum pop, and reality TV. From crop tops to dungarees, I wore them all. I had the Spice Girls 6 inch platform sneakers (yes I did) and I tried all the latest hairstyles (some unsuccessfully). It was the dawn of the digital revolution and although we didn't have cell phones (though some of us…
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May 3, 2013

Love, Loss, and Moving Pictures

I lost someone this week. My dear uncle passed away after a long illness.   Through my sadness I found myself turning to his YouTube channel. Flickering videos of his grandchildren, my wedding, family fun, memories captured in time. He and I shared a love for the movies. And while he preferred the historical Pakistani musical variety and I preferred the equally cheesy 70's American musical variety, it was a passion for movies that we…
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March 9, 2013

Beautiful Poetry of Spring

Today we were walking in the park and I looked up to see a flock of birds encompassing the sky. I can feel the beauty of spring in the breeze. No wonder spring has been the ever-changing muse of so many a great writer. Here are just a few of my favorite spring poems by some of my favorite poets: There Will Come Soft Rains By Sara Teasdale There will come soft rains and the…
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February 27, 2013

Oh The People You’ll Meet

I met a buddhist monk on the streets of Auckland. He followed me around the town, talking to me about his spiritual path. He spoke about his life, celibacy, and devotion to God. When he left he handed me a book on Buddhism. I still have it to this day. I met a hippie on an airplane to California. She was a wandering soul; a traveler. We were randomly assigned our seats. She smelled of…
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February 22, 2013

She Walked In

She walked in, Without no shoes. Her bare feet covered in mud. She walked in, With her heart on her sleeve. Defenseless and ready and raw. And the patrons they turned, With their drinks in the air, And their jaws barely hitting the floor. "Did she really walk in, Clearly looking like that? I mean, where does she think she is?" She walked in, Without no shoes, To step right out of the rain. She…
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February 10, 2013

The Ultimate Ingredient List For Happiness

What You'll Need - An open heart - Faith - A sense of humor - Sunblock Ingredients - 1/2 a cup of self worth - 2 tablespoons imagination - 1 whole can of laughter - 3 cups appreciation - 1 great sense of adventure - 1/3 cup of fairy dust - 2 hours of sunshine - 1 big hug - 5 great friends - 1 hour of exercise (preferably outside or yoga) - 1 happy…
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