Lovingkindness Meditation

loving kindness meditation

Lovingkindness meditation, also known as Metta, is one of my favorite meditation practices. I end up feeling so filled with warmth when I’m finished. I find it a perfect practice when I’m feeling hard on myself, or when I get irritated by those around me. “It is no longer about how much I can accomplish in a lifetime, but rather how much living and loving I can do each day.” –Rachel Macy Stafford I read a … Continue reading

Mantra for Moms Who Explode

mantra for moms who explode

I used to think it was because I’m Irish. I can be so patient, for so long and then BOOM. I explode. Turns out, it’s not because I’m Irish. It’s because of the stories. For every action and interaction, there is a story that goes on behind the scenes. You’re writing a blog post and your kiddo interrupts you. You stay patient. Your laptop accidentally deletes 3 paragraphs of your post. You manage to stay patient. … Continue reading

How to Eat a Cupcake ~ Book Review

How to eat a cupcake

Recently I opened Facebook and found a note from a friend. She’d just finished a book, thought I’d like it, and wanted to send it to me. Two of my favorite things… a book recommendation from a friend, and free books. As we were pulling out of the driveway to head to Tulsa for a spring break visit I stopped by the mailbox, and the envelope inside made me smile. I love when books arrive … Continue reading

Do Something You Think You Hate

Try something you think you hate

The other night I picked up some gorgeous, young, tender, slim asparagus at the store. As soon as Hanna saw it on the counter she said, “I hate asparagus. I’m not eating that.” I had big plans for this asparagus… a little olive oil, a little roasting, a touch of parmesan at the end, then tossed in with shrimp cooked in garlic butter sauce. Served over pasta. mmmm. I knew she would love it if … Continue reading

You Can Not Learn Your Way Into BEing

Do not think. act.

Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act. ~ Steven Pressfield  ~ Do the Work   I always wanted to be a writer. For as long as I can remember. I read books about being a writer. I read blog post, after blog post, after blog post about being a writer. And, I can’t learn my way into being a writer… to be a … Continue reading

6 Easy Ways to Help Your Kids Express Gratitude

help kids express gratitude

Do you wish your kids were a little more grateful?  Cultivating an attitude of gratitude not only in your kids, but in your family can change everything. When we focus on being grateful in our lives it’s easier to let the petty things go. It is easier to remain patient, even in trying times. Gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving. So how do you get your kids to start looking for ways to … Continue reading

How to Create a Deeper Practice with a Mala

How to deepen your meditation practice with a mala

One day I woke up and felt a compulsion to have a mala. Weird? Yes. However, I have learned to trust those kind of compulsions, they almost always lead somewhere wonderful. I started googling, and found myself on Buddha Groove. Where I purchased my first mala. This gorgeous Rudraksha mala.   With my mala in my hand I did some research, some googling, some trying to figure out how to use this gorgeous thing. Here’s what … Continue reading

Thirteen Reasons Why ~ Book Review

thirteen reasons why by jay asher

This is only the second young adult book I’ve ever read. I picked up Paper Towns and this book at the library. I wanted to do a little research into young adult fiction, thinking it might be the best way to write the ideas floating around in my head. While I enjoyed the story of Paper Towns, I was not a huge fan of the tone of it. I was a little put off, feeling … Continue reading

9 Must Have Mindfulness Apps for the Iphone

must have mindfulness apps

When I got my Iphone, not even two years ago,  I traded up from a trac phone. A simple flip phone, that most days was buried at the bottom of my purse. Most months I never made it through a quarter of my minutes. My smart phone opened up a whole new world to me. Facebook on the go, twitter, on the go, instagram, pictures, on the go. I was go go going. It didn’t … Continue reading

The Rest of Her Life: Book Review

the rest of her life by laura moriarty

The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty was our book club book this month. One thing I love and kind of hate about book club is I end up reading books I normally wouldn’t read. This is one of those books. I started The Rest of Her Life a couple weeks before our book club meeting. It happened to be during a week my kiddo and I were struggling. Struggling to understand, listen and be … Continue reading