January- The Month of Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 After the hustle and bustle of December, we are expected to charge into January, guns blazing, our list of resolutions tucked firmly under our arms. We make grand plans for personal growth and wellness: exercise more, eat less, cease smoking, stick to the budget, get organized. However it only takes us a few hours, days, or weeks (if we’re lucky) before we[Read more]

The Hidden Blessing of Waiting

It’s been so long, I’m not quite sure where to begin.  Should I start with the funeral I attended today or with the stroke my mother had one month ago?  Should I share my ongoing concern for my son with Crohn’s, who has been suffering from a flare for over a week now?  Or, perhaps I should start on a happier note, with my recent writing success.  All I can say is that November was a whirlwind, and I am[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Health

Achieving great health can be simple with a bit of forethought and pro-activity.  What good is a lifetime of wealth and achievement if you don’t have the good health to enjoy it? When my husband David and I used to watch House Hunters on HGTV, he would frequently comment on this, noting those of retirement age who were out of shape or infirm and unable to partake fully in the fruits of their labor. The time to get healthy is[Read more]

Summer Perfection (A Meditation Minute)

I wish I could bottle up this perfect summer day.  Don’t they always seem to come after the storms (like the one we had just before sunrise)?  The broad, green maple leaves flutter above me as a mild breeze blows through the yard.  The scent of the air is reminiscent of summers past, full of nostalgia- faintly mournful, yet comforting- a memory I cannot put my finger on. Then, the joy of childhood and the wonder of new-found independence, as[Read more]