Thanksgiving Meditation

On this day of gratitude in the US, I'd like to offer this meditation to you. Enjoy!

The Void Left When My Kid Went To College

The house feels different, it’s not exactly a “missing him” feeling. It’s more like something feels off. It’s right in many ways. The 18 years of nurturing and preparing, the launch into the world is predictable, bittersweet. It’s developmentally spot on. It’s that time.

What it Takes to Go From Exhausted to Enlivened

Keeping up a personal is exhausting…being the real you is enlivening!

What Does Spirituality Mean to You?

When I have a chance to actually discuss the topic with clients, it is very simple to explain my view of spirituality, understand my clients’ perspective, and come to a common ground semantically (and often philosophically). I notice I regularly attract people who...

Smoothie Recipes

“Introduction to Green Smoothies” Smoothies ~ Perfect for Kids, Created by my Kids! The Bodie-O Berry Mix Yields: 18-20 oz. 1 Banana 1.5 cups of Mixed Frozen Berries (Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries) 1 cup of Orange or Tangerine Juice 3/4 Cup...

You Are Always In Choice ~ The Power of Paradox

We are inundated with choices. We worry that people will judge us for our choices. We fear that we will make the wrong choice and be disappointed. When we make a choice, we experience loss – loss of that which we did not choose. Every day, we have to choose which...

Time, The Great Equalizer

I suspect that almost everyone feels that there is just not enough time in the day. So much to do, so little time. We are chronically feeling pulled in too many directions and feeling that it is impossible to live in this very moment, when this moment is really all we...

Meditation…are you curious?

Meditation has been repeatedly proven to reduce stress levels, reduce blood pressure, increase circulation, strengthen your immune system, relieve chronic pain, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, improve memory and decision making, and maybe even slow aging! And there is...

Breathing Exercise

Inspiration in Action by Deb Blum Inspiration: Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance. ~The Teaching of Buddhist Master Action: Breathing exercises can reduce stress, increase energy, and...

Happiness is an Inside Job

Inspiration in Action by Deb Blum Inspiration: Instead of seeking outside of ourselves, we need to go to the source and realize who we really are. ~Deepak Chopra’s 8-Week Happiness Series (Week 3, Authentic Self-Esteem) Action: Ask yourself: “What void is so big in my...

You are humanity's greatest hope.

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“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” ~William Arthur Ward

What’s your take on smiling? Did you know that it’s good for you in so many ways?

I thank my mom for the fact that I am a naturally smiley person (thanks Mom!). My experience is that smiling really does makes me feel happier. Sometimes I will be walking along, just thinking about my day and I will notice I am frowning. I will start smiling and I just feel better. And, you know what? I can tell that other people notice!

Smiling is contagious, it’s proven to be true…and we see it all the time with babies. People are magnetized to a smiling face!

“A smile is happiness you will find right under your nose.” ~Tom Wilson

ACTION STEP 2: Smile, even when you don’t feel smiley inside.

There is all sorts of evidence that proves that smiling causes happy feelings. It makes you feel happy by triggering parts of your brain, specifically the left frontal cortex – the part of your brain that registers happiness. Even though you might not immediately feel happy, it slows your heart rate down and begins to make you feel better. So, for the next few weeks, try to smile, even when you don’t feel smiley inside. Notice what happens to your mood. Notice if anyone around you changes when you smile.



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