Lessons from the Rose Garden__3: Eradicating Bullies
Adaptability / Adversity / Challenge / Empathy / Fear / Lessons From the Rose Garden SERIES / Sorting it Out / We Are Connected

Lessons from the Rose Garden__3: Eradicating Bullies

Bullies have appeared in great number recently. Gang-like, they infiltrate, taking more than their share. But they are here for a reason: Through our actions, we’ve invited them into our personal space. Unknowingly, we’ve fed them exactly what they’ve wanted most, and we are paying the price for it. I happen to be talking about … Continue reading

Yoga Can Make You Cry, If You’re Lucky
Adaptability / awareness / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Empathy / Forgiveness / Gratitude / Inspiration from Others / Love / Moving On / Relationships / Self-Help / Staying Positive

Yoga Can Make You Cry, If You’re Lucky

Have you ever had one of those rare ah-hah moments—the kind that crystallize your positive thinking and self-awareness so much that you have no choice but to fully submit to its purity and power? I was fortunate today to have such a moment, one that brought me to tears. It felt as though a tsunami … Continue reading

Writing is a Necessary Evil That Sometimes Pays Off: Published Again
Creativity / Doing what you love / Playing in the Mud / Writing

Writing is a Necessary Evil That Sometimes Pays Off: Published Again

I don’t necessarily love to write, so much as I ACHE to express myself. Expressing myself is my true motivation for writing, and might even be my only motivation for writing. I haven’t been writing since birth like most writers my age seem to have been doing. I didn’t write in my teens or my … Continue reading

Lessons from the Rose Garden__2: Everything in its Own Time
Adaptability / Adversity / Challenge / Change / Lessons From the Rose Garden SERIES / Transition

Lessons from the Rose Garden__2: Everything in its Own Time

Everything–and everyone!–does not grow at the same pace. In the past week, the new rose plants we brought home that had quickly buckled under Arizona’s unseasonable heat have now lost all their half-burnt blossoms. Aside from increasingly dry leaves, the plants seem dormant and are now completely bare. Though we’ve been careful to water all … Continue reading

Lessons from the Rose Garden__1: Growing Under Pressure
Adaptability / Adversity / awareness / balance / Challenge / Change / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Gratitude / Lessons From the Rose Garden SERIES / Transition / We Are Connected

Lessons from the Rose Garden__1: Growing Under Pressure

  Alas, the beautiful flowering rose bushes that captured our hearts at the garden center last week have turned to crunchy critters within a week of bringing them home, courtesy of unseasonable 100-degree temps here in Arizona. The roses are in new soil and a new environment, which is tough enough on its own. Add … Continue reading

Truth in the Mirror: Going Gray
Acceptance / Adaptability / Attachment / Authenticity / Challenge / Denial / Emotional Evolution & Spiritual Growth / Facing Reality / Fear / Positive Self-Image

Truth in the Mirror: Going Gray

I’m going gray. Actually, I’ve been going gray for almost 10 years now. I’m only recently ready to come to grips with that fact enough to truly accept it, to accept that this is who I am. What’s been keeping me from the truth? Vanity? Yes. But what’s underneath that vanity? A need to be … Continue reading