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Living with no Ending

by Susan L. The ending began in the fall of 2016. I went to an appointment and this ignited a series of steps. After a second x-ray and an ultra sound, an indication of a mass in my breast was determined. Mass — what a mediocre word for the ugly word tumor. The radiologist in the small clinic wanted to do a biopsy. I wanted to think about it overnight. The reason I wanted to think about it? I knew I would be moving back to the metro area within two weeks. At first I thought I’d have the biopsy … Continue reading

Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife

By Cheryl Richardson HarperOne As a best-selling author and professional life coach, Richardson is known for having answers. Then she experienced events that made her reevaluate and reexamine her life and what really mattered. She shares her journal entries and candid thoughts about age, marriage, work, friendships and priorities in life. Richardson says, “I want to give people the tools they need to take better care of themselves-the language to say no, permission to gracefully disappoint others, strategies for setting firm boundaries that honor one’s time and energy. This is not selfish, it’s spiritual. I’m encouraging people to honor the … Continue reading

Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restful Soul

By Jon M. Sweeney and Mark S. Burrows Hampton Roads Publishing Meister Eckhart was a 14th century German mystic and philosopher who thought the search for God was a search for the self. He has been credited with influencing spiritual teachers from Erich Fromm to Rudolf Steiner. Sweeney and Burrows took a collection of Eckhart’s sermons and manuscripts and put them into poems for contemporary readers. Eckhart’s description and understanding of the Divine is expressed in short, quick images that allow the reader to see and deeply experience their understanding of God. However you interpret his writing, Eckhart’s sermons and … Continue reading

The Self-Discipline Handbook: Simple Ways to Cultivate Self-Discipline, Build Confidence, and Obtain Your Goals

By Natalie Wise Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Wise explains the art and science of self-discipline. She describes boundaries and the influence of internal and external stumbling blocks. She even explains why she thinks persistence is a virtue and self-improvement is exhausting. However, to maximize progress and minimize confusion, Wise affirms, “Small positive choices set us up for success.” The handbook includes spaces to journal and draw and prompts with room to list items such as “My Values,” My Strengths,” and “Curiosity Sparks.” Readers will find thought provoking activities that may help them evaluate their goals and build the confidence to reach … Continue reading

A Course in Mysticism and Miracles: Begin Your Spiritual Adventure

By Jon Mundy, PhD Weiser Books Drawing on the teachings of A Course in Miracles, Mundy explores mysticism and how it fits in today’s world. He is also the author of Living a Course in Miracles. In this book, he describes what mysticism is, and what it isn’t. He explains how mysticism has affected various religions, but more importantly, how it influences spirituality. He expands on the topic of mysticism and how it is so simple it can be found in “ordinary” experiences. Readers will learn about self-fulfillment and that peace is available to all. Purchase If you have a … Continue reading

Sharing the Love is Happiness

When I was in high school, I swore I would get rich working on Wall Street. I knew if I had a lot of money I could get whatever I wanted to be happy. My parents would tell me that this wasn’t the case, but I knew better. In college I majored in economics because knowing how money works helps you make more money. Duh. Well, thankfully, some things shifted, and I began a deeper exploration of what it means to be human and of where happiness comes from. From my studies of Buddhism, I turned on to the view … Continue reading

Harboring Hope

“Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.” Emily Dickenson If I were to create an image of hope I would picture it as the water wings children wear to keep afloat. I see young children swim across a pool with the aid of these inflatable arm bands. It is not the device that holds the beginning swimmer, it is the air inside. When the air is gone, the water wings are useless. Hope is like the air in the water wings. I can’t quite see it but I sure know when it’s not there. Some days it feels like my … Continue reading

Sanity in the Age of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple: Reclaiming our Lives

The traditional objective of yoga is union — to connect the mind to body, and the self to soul. That’s what the yogi masters say in the ancient scriptures — connect to your higher self, realize that we are all connected, and transcend the ego. In the modern age, sometimes many of us feel like we are disconnected from our bodies, our emotions, and from all those around us. Sometimes we may feel like we are stifled by our own egos, suffocating in lonely desperation. Some identify our technology as a source of our disconnection. It’s true, because when we … Continue reading

Twelve Steps for Slouches

The first thing I want you to know is that I do resistance training. I use resistance bands, weights, and such. OK, that’s on a good day. Truth be told, I probably do more resisting than I do exercising. I’m more inclined to be a slouch on the couch, thinking “maybe later” when it comes to toning my muscles and all those other fine fitness goals. I can also claim with great justification that I have more urgent and more important things to do. I am convinced I’m pretty important, after all. Darn, why is it so hard to just … Continue reading

What Does Nourishment Mean to You?

I have always associated the word nourishment with food—and eating. The word nourish actually means to provide food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition; to promote growth needed for nourishment (including spiritual nourishment); and to maintain/ support/strengthen. What is interesting about the definition is that it makes the distinction among the ways that we nourish ourselves, i.e. our whole selves — mind, body and spirit. Understanding this concept—of nourishing one’s whole self—is so important for people in recovery because the minute we put down drugs and alcohol, we pick up food. It is a rite of … Continue reading

Vitamins, Minerals, Hormones: How to Find your Spiritual Adrenaline

How many of you paid attention to what you were eating in active addiction? Not many I bet. I certainly didn’t. When you’re in active addiction, the only thing that matters is chasing the next high. As soon as it wears off, it’s right back at it. The vicious cycle keeps repeating itself and everything else becomes irrelevant. For me, I remember not eating for days at a time so I could buy cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. When I ate, I often gobbled down comfort foods, usually from fast food joints. My relationship with food was completely dysfunctional. In sobriety, … Continue reading

So Just How Important Is a Simple Act of Kindness?

John Driggs

Love is something if you give it away, Give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away, You end up having more. It’s just like a magic penny, Hold it tight and you won’t have any. Lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many They’ll roll all over the floor. — Melvina Reynolds, first verses of the Magic Penny Song, 1949 Most of us think our small act of caring for a neighbor was no big deal, it was just the right thing to do at the time. Few of us even see our … Continue reading

Ticket to Ride

I have a blue paper ticket that I carry in my money clip. Every time I pull it out to withdraw another dollar bill to spend, I see it. It’s the very same kind of ticket that we have all seen a million times before. The kind of ticket that you get at any bakery—it’s paper, it’s blue and it’s got a number on it. We all take theses tickets and we wait in line. When your number is called, you get served. Familiar, huh? I see this ticket every day. My ticket is like all such tickets but something … Continue reading

Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying

By Light Watkins Ballantine Books This is Watkins’ “how-to guide” for a successful meditation practice. It includes his experiences and struggles with practicing and teaching meditation since 1998. Because of those experiences, he developed E.A.S.Y. (Embrace, Accept, Surrender, Yield), a technique everyone who wants to have a meditation practice will find valuable. Watkins explains how he developed the principles and provides his own and students’ stories. All of which help the reader realize that meditation really can be E.A.S.Y. If you have a book you’d like reviewed or have an old favorite you’d like to share with others, please contact … Continue reading

Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

By M. J. Ryan Conari Press Ryan states, “Research has confirmed the emotional and physical benefits of giving thanks.” When we are thankful, fear and anger disappear. Additionally, she believes that more gifts come to us when we are grateful; it is a powerful change agent. She provides 60 essays to help readers identify and incorporate gratitude in their lives. Practices of gratitude include daily exercise and being grateful “in spite of.” Included are anecdotal stories of how people have opened themselves to the fulfillment of gratitude and become more alive in the present moment. Are you ready for more … Continue reading

Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom of Life’s Hard Questions

By Lori Deschene Conari Press This book began as a quote–a–day tweet. Deschene tells the story of how she moved to New York City and the lessons she learned. She shares her insight and wisdom to help readers “live mindfully, in the present and connected to others.” In her essay on pain, Deschene describes how one can learn from pain to make positive changes. Other essays include how to find the meaning of life and her thoughts on fate, happiness, and love. Deschene is honest in her reflections and answers. For example, when writing about the question “What’s the meaning … Continue reading