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How to be Present to Beauty: A Memory

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.  A moment alone.   I longed for the kind of happiness that a little self-imposed solitude might bring.  And I had it all set up just as I had envisioned it:  A … Continue reading

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How To Be Relaxed: Don’t give in to “Prepositional Panic”

I suffer intermittently from a widely suffered yet rarely diagnosed syndrome.  It’s called Prepositional Panic.  I thought I might describe the symptoms to you so that in case you suffer from the same ailment, you might seek treatment for your … Continue reading

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How To Be Real: Be Present to Life’s Sweetness

I have a bad habit of knitting my brow when I am lost in thought.   One day, a few years ago, I was sitting and watching my son playing Legos in the living room.  I was gazing absently at … Continue reading

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How to Be Aware: Take note of what goes right

“So, how was your day?” It’s a question my husband James and I have asked of one another every evening for seventeen years.  I am sure it is a question that’s asked millions of times every day.  Spouses and partners … Continue reading

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Be Mindful: Do the dishes just to do the dishes

“Washing the dishes is at the same time a means and an end; that is, not only do we do the dishes in order to have clean dishes, we also do the dishes just to do the dishes, to live … Continue reading

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How To Be Transformative: Turn your troubles into treasure

Our troubles are like compost.  From all outward appearances, they’re unsightly and smelly.  We’d like to shove them away into a dark place where we’ll never have to look at them again.  But just as compost will yield rich soil … Continue reading

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How To Be Real: You don’t have to settle in Cynicsville

Imagine, if you will, two towns:  Cynicsville and Pollyannatown.  Two towns beset by troubles large and small.   And yet the residents of these towns look at their troubles in decidedly different ways. The residents of Cynicsville feel they’ve seen … Continue reading

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How To Be Celebratory: The release of our new video, “Sticky Notes”

I saw this video in my head long before it made it’s premier on YouTube.  The actors. The expressions. The movements. I knew just how it would unfold.  Just how it would be paced. I wanted to make a short … Continue reading

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How To Be Realistic: Don’t just see the big picture. See the small picture, too.

Sometimes when we lose perspective, we are encouraged by friends and family to look at the “big picture”.  And of course there are times when we really need to “zoom out” and see that the problems we are having — … Continue reading

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How To Be Lazy: Put “Do Nothing” on your to-do list

I have a hard time sitting down.  I think it’s genetic.  Really. James and I always chuckle when we remember a time when my mother had suffered a back injury (no, the injury was not the least bit funny, just … Continue reading

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