Posts Categorized: Being of service

Qigong and TaiJi: What’s the Difference?

When I mention that I recently got certified to teach qigong, most people stare at me blankly.  They are too shy to ask what it is. When I ask them if they know what it is, most confess that they have never heard of it. That’s when I say that it is like taiji (tai… Read more »

Your Unique Gift

What is one thing that the faltering economy, anxiety and fear can’t take away? Your imagination! When feeling stressed, unsettled or stuck there is one vacation that doesn’t rely on a plane or payment. Actually it pays you when you use it. It takes you out of confinement and exercises your mind in a way… Read more »

Sifting Through to the Gems

I have been wondering what is the bigger picture; what is the meaning on a global and universal level? I sense that if we are awake we will see extraordinary acts both large and small. In my small sphere in the past two weeks I saw two sisters who haven’t talked in years connect over… Read more »

Novel Ways for Scary Times

We need novel ways to look at the unique health crisis upon us. The graphs of the spread of Covid-19 in this country and others scare me. Today after watching an online lecturer outline the spread of the virus I got chills and ran to take my temperature. It was normal. The guidelines to curb… Read more »

The Age of Aquarius

Astrologers tell us that we have ended the Piscean age and are transitioning into the Age of Aquarius. In simple terms, what does that mean? I don’t know what all of the ramifications are, but a few ideas are clear. The veneer of icons and institutions that were perceived as unshakable are crumbling before our… Read more »

Empathy and Narcissism

Our Thanksgiving was lively and rich with family. Kids running around, dogs misbehaving, food heated and served in abundance. But it was particularly intense this year. Within the past few months a close family member had a recurrence of a disease, another was raw from a divorce in progress and my daughter came with her… Read more »

The Bagel Shop

Sitting in a bagel shop in the upper east side of Manhattan enjoying my bagel and coffee I noticed a homeless man at an adjacent table asking people for money. A well-dressed woman reached into her pocket and handed him a quarter. A quarter! As he stared at the coin in his palm something got… Read more »

A True Warrior

Of the many classes that I take each week, one of the more challenging is the martial art of gongfu with an emphasis on spirituality and the ways that it can be applied to relationships. We learn how to be present in relation to others, to look into each other’s eyes and bow before sparring… Read more »

How Do You Tap Into Your Soul?

It was Christmas eve in Michigan and I was visiting my son and his family. They told me that there was something special that they wanted us all to do on that night…something that happens every night in December in that town. We got bundled up (the kids in woolen hats and snow pants) and… Read more »

Is It Possible to Work Yourself to Death?

The Japanese say yes. They even have a word for it – karoshi, which means death by overwork. Twelve to sixteen hour work days with no vacation or time with family and friends has led to some premature deaths. According to author Lissa Rankin the typical karoshi victims are otherwise healthy men in their 40s… Read more »