Posts Categorized: Healthy Living

Finding the Positive

“Drop negative thoughts.  Stay positive,” our qigong master teacher said.  “Turn negative into positive.  Have a happy and peaceful heart.  Anger churns up the waters, but a peaceful heart calms the water so we can see and reflect clearly.”  Good advice.   And, from her story, it is obvious that it can be done in… Read more »

Dinner at the Nursing Home

I’m in Portland, Oregon, now for a qigong workshop (like tai chi) for women being held in a conference room of a nursing home.  I met my daughter here and it’s just in time for her birthday in two days.  We wanted to include a birthday celebration in our healthy weekend of learning how to… Read more »

Being Thankful

This holiday season, rather than being thankful for specific things that are going right for me now (and a lot of things are so right), I think about being in a state of appreciation.  Being thankful for particular things that I have received makes me wonder if I would be able to be thankful if… Read more »

Leaving Wrongs Where They Are

Some of my friends feel pressed to right the wrongs of the world.  They are tormented by people who are disrespectful and bigoted.  They engage in personal battles to change that behavior and demand justice and spend sleepless nights and exhausting days in frustration and a feeling of powerlessness. No conscious person likes that behavior…. Read more »

Offering a Different Way

The day before closing on my house in NY, all kinds of issues came up.  The buyers weren’t sure if the heat turned on fast enough and the creditor thought that there was a neighborhood association that placed restrictions on homeowners.  Both are not true.  My lawyer wasn’t sure if we were going to close… Read more »

Making a Shift

“Enlightenment is a shift in self-identification from body to spirit identification,” says Marianne Williamson, author and spiritual teacher.  She adds that if you only think of your body and your own drama and circumstances, it leads to thoughts of aging and limitations.  You feel that your opportunities are diminished because you feel that you are… Read more »

Getting a Dog?

I’m thinking of getting a dog. I’ve never had one, except for four months when the kids were young. I’m ready for unconditional love…for those little eyes staring at me innocently and with love, for walks and discovery together, for doggy parks and sharing stories with humans at the other end of the leash. My… Read more »

Children Sleeping Soundly

My son, daughter-in-law, and two toddler grandchildren came to visit me for a few days.  I was so excited for them to come.  I prepared food, books, bubbles, and researched museums and activities that were child-friendly.  I moved all of my breakable sculptures to a high shelf and bought fruit so we could make apple-plum… Read more »