I recently met Barbara at a Death and Dying Retreat (it was actually really joyful!). Barbara’s presence is like a light bulb that doesn’t go off. She has a spirit and energy that defies her 83 year old body. One that begs for stories and wisdom from her well put together presence. At 15, her

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It started when I was 8 years old. Eating sugar that is. My mom, bless her heart, wanted us to be healthy, so we had no sugar in the house. Growing up in California, where aluminum can collection brought in some cash, I would collect enough to buy a Snickers (my favorite) at the local

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My first nature experience was when my mom was pregnant with me – her first experience camping too. Maybe I heard the birds chirping then too. After I was born, and we graduated from a large canvas tent to a van, to this 1969 Shasta beauty (7 miles to the gallon) RV, pictured above, when I

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I didn’t know I would end up spending a month in silence until a year ago. If you’d asked me before that, I would have said, “no way, too long for me.” But after 13 years of several week long to 10 day silent meditation retreats, I knew it was time. Talking to a teacher last

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It’s now been 6 months since my body became highly sensitive to technology. I want to share with you what I’ve learned so you don’t end up with the same thing or can heal from it if it happens to you too. After 6 months, here’s what I’d answer – yes, technology is toxic to

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Coming off the holidays, as you know, new year’s resolutions make headline news. But who really follows them? And why do we make them in the first place? For two reasons – one because we want to start the new year on the “right foot,” and two because somewhere inside, we’re punishing ourselves for the

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Holidays can often be a time of incredible stress (not always) – getting things wrapped up at work to leave for 4 days, packing, travel, or cleaning the house and shopping for numerous guests, or if your single and far from family, the impending feeling of loneliness that can come around the holidays. In personally

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Five weeks ago something totally unexpected happened… I had been doing my usual 4-6 hours a week on the computer, with one particular week closer to 10 hours, when suddenly my body said “no more.” Meaning, any time on the computer or phone (technology), I now get physically ill – nausea, increased heart rate, head

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I recently watched a documentary called Happy. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. There are also many books out now to read about it and science has embraced it as something worthy of research. Love that too. Life is full of the unexpected. I mean, ultimately we’re not in charge. And yet, we

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It’s a national way of thinking in our country – to complain. Complain about the weather, complain about the price of things, complain about the food. I’ve done my fair share of complaining. The thing with complaining though – it takes us further away from happiness…the one thing we want most in life. As Jack

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