I smile at everybody, try to brighten their day. Okay not everybody. I’m human! But one thing I have found makes me happier, and the world a better place, is smiling and spreading positivity. Sometimes it even works to reverse an incoming scowl. While I was living in India – in an area where you … Continue reading Avoid Black Hole Humans (haters gonna hate)
I remember the one tragic time my dad truly did something for himself. It had been his dream to restore an antique truck, something from the 1930s, when headlights were still set out on top of the front fenders. When I was in high school, we found the body of a 1937 Ford pickup on … Continue reading Why don’t I believe in resting?
The other day, my husband told me something he’s been saying to himself lately: “This is what self-care feels like”. Friday night, he got home tired and antsy and just wanted to collapse in front of the TV and binge on some Netflix. He’s learned that that antsy feeling means I need to move some … Continue reading This is what self-care feels like
As I've written about previously, I practice meditation daily. And, I aim to do it in a way that is consistent with the teachings of the Bible. Here's a detailed description of what my practice looks like after two years. I'd love to hear your thoughts or questions if you have any! When My more … Continue reading A detailed description of one Christian’s daily meditation practice
If you mean "empty your mind so the devil can whisper evil messages to you in the silence", then no. Not in line with the teachings of Jesus. A lot of Christians believe that this is the definition of meditation. In fact, it's more or less the way my mom explained it to me when … Continue reading Is it OK for Christians to meditate?
When I meditate, part of my settling-in phase is a quick body scan. I think this is supposed to help connect me with the present, but often it is a series of rabbit-holes. I'll sit down, do my few deep breaths, close my eyes, and scan the immediate environment to take note of what's going … Continue reading How to do a 30-second body scan in only ten minutes
I hadn't told anyone I knew that I had been blogging because I was worried about what people might think.
I went to yoga this morning. Later, I reflected on what the voice was saying.
Is it sitting still? I know about active resting, like going for a walk while practicing mindfulness. But what else? Read a book?
The voice demands, “Who do you think you are, aspiring to such heights?”, and something in me wants to respond with, “Yeah, maybe I’m not capable of being more.”