Wandering in Kyoto

Japan Highlight Video Here is a copy of our Japanese highlight video from early in the year – enjoy! Daily Photo – Wandering in Kyoto I don’t think I would ever get tired when wandering around streets in Japan. I can’t quite figure out my fascination with it. Source: Wandering in Kyoto

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5 Mindful, Intimate Ways to Reconnect with our Spouse.

For the past 15 years, I’ve been in the most peaceful, reliable, and fun relationship of my life. But our once-close connection has eroded. It’s my second marriage. We’ve brought two children into the world. We’ve traveled the world. Source: 5 Mindful, Intimate Ways to Reconnect with our Spouse.

The Art of Saying No: Lessons from a Caregiver

“When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself.” ~Paulo Coelho There it is again. Another person asks me for help. There’s a sharp pull inside of me to stop what I am doing and give. And the internal struggle comes up. Source: The Art of Saying No: Lessons … Continue reading The Art of Saying No: Lessons from a Caregiver

Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try to Achieve a Positive Mindset

Life never remains the same for anyone; it is filled with various ups and downs, constant struggles and challenges. Most of the time, we get caught up in these struggles and forget to pay attention to our wellbeing. A healthy and positive mindset is also an essential part of prosperity. Source: Mindfulness Exercises You Can … Continue reading Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try to Achieve a Positive Mindset

Epsom Salts: A Favorite Remedy For Anxiety, Inflammation & Insomnia

You can buy Epsom salts at pretty much any grocery store or pharmacy in the United States, including these next-level Epsom salts at CVS . Bonus: They're also very reasonably priced (you'll usually pay somewhere between $5 and $10), and there are plenty of options to choose from—some even have added ingredients like activated charcoal … Continue reading Epsom Salts: A Favorite Remedy For Anxiety, Inflammation & Insomnia

How A Solo Trip Inspired Me To Adopt Minimalism

Learning to live with lesser things and more experiences was an important life decision that I made but it wasn’t all that easy. It was a slow process where I often reconsidered the choice to go ‘minimal’ but at the end of the day, the resolution was worth it. Source: How A Solo Trip Inspired … Continue reading How A Solo Trip Inspired Me To Adopt Minimalism

What love feels like

You feel eternally young every time your beloved laughs. You feel so tickled that it seems like your breathing will stop but for once it’s not that awful feeling of shallow breathing or gasping. It’s that feeling of everything coming to a halt, of time standing still. Source: What love feels like

Meditation in Movement: Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung

With origins dating back some 4,000 years in China, Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung (or Qigong) are based around the concept of Chi (sometimes spelled as Qi), the vital life energy which circulates through the body in channels called meridians. Source: Meditation in Movement: Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung

Meditation helps conflict veterans with PTSD – study

Transcendental meditation — the practice of effortless thinking — may be as effective at treating PTSD in conflict veterans as traditional therapy, US researchers said Friday, in findings that could help tens of thousands deal with their trauma. Source: Meditation helps conflict veterans with PTSD – study

A Guided Meditation to Cultivate Kindness

A Guided Meditation to Cultivate Kindness Explores this 17-minute kindness practice to open the heart and offer good wishes to others. Each time we bring our mind back to the present or work mindfully with thoughts and sensations, we are invited to practice kindness. Source: A Guided Meditation to Cultivate Kindness

The Secret to Ending Your Suffering

“You can have your experience without your experience having you.” ~Linda Pransky You’re no doubt aware that your moods can fluctuate from day to day, even moment to moment. I think most people can appreciate, when they really consider it, that their state of mind is a big variable in their experience of life. Source: … Continue reading The Secret to Ending Your Suffering

Dealing with a Bad Day (Without Chocolate, Netflix or Guilt)

(Ok, there may be some chocolate and Netflix, but only if they are right for you, and no unconscious choices and definitely no added guilt) You know those days when you just can’t even? When adulting or even getting breakfast feels a million miles away? Source: Dealing with a Bad Day (Without Chocolate, Netflix or … Continue reading Dealing with a Bad Day (Without Chocolate, Netflix or Guilt)

What it’s Like to Have a Mental Illness

Having a mental illness is a huge challenge that too often comes with the added burden of negative stereotyping, judgement, stigma and the belief that you’re abnormal. Our society is so focused on success and what this looks like, it has no tolerance for suffering and anything that doesn’t fit the mould. Source: What it’s … Continue reading What it’s Like to Have a Mental Illness

5 Steps to Design a Beautiful and Happy Home

A home should be much more than just a place to live. It’s your sanctuary and your nest. Your haven to retreat to after a hard day’s work and spend private time with your nearest and dearest. Interior designers know how important it is to live in an environment where you feel relaxed and happy … Continue reading 5 Steps to Design a Beautiful and Happy Home

Start With What’s Easy to Love

Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm shares his personal approach to loving-kindness meditation, also known as metta. Photo by Lydia Torre. Stage One A Warm Fire in Your Heart Metta can accurately be compared with a warm and radiant fire burning in your heart. Source: Start With What’s Easy to Love

Netizen Nastiness: Can there Be Compassionate Social Media Use in the age of Trump?

Remember the internet of the late ’90s and early 2000s? Before Facebook, before Twitter? Back then I was in my late teens and early twenties; and I had developed a case of militant atheism. It wasn’t pretty. For the most part, my life looked normal. Source: Netizen Nastiness: Can there Be Compassionate Social Media Use … Continue reading Netizen Nastiness: Can there Be Compassionate Social Media Use in the age of Trump?

The benefits of practicing mindfulness during your workouts

I'm not the only one who multitasks when exercising, says Brisbane-based psychologist Patrea O'Donoghue from Positive Psychology Strategies. She says people often view working out as the perfect opportunity to tick off tasks on their to-do list, mentally plan their days or just distract themselves from an activity they find unpleasant. Source: The benefits of … Continue reading The benefits of practicing mindfulness during your workouts

Intoxicated on God – My Path to Sobriety

Sobriety was the most important decision I’ve ever made. It was a decision that I didn’t make lightly, easily or in an instant. It took time, deep internal battles against myself, the darkest of moments. I began smoking cannabis at 11 years old. Source: Intoxicated on God – My Path to Sobriety

Living Imperfectly is Still Living.

Time spent not living perfectly does not equate to time spent not living. So, you weren’t where you ultimately wanted to be “yet”…so what? You were in relationships that make you laugh or shake your head now. You weren’t honouring your passion. Source: Living Imperfectly is Still Living.

The Art of Skidding.

I fell in love. With cheetahs. I was on the other side of a painful break up with a cherished love and in active grieving mode. During times like these, we may crawl into a pint of Haagen Daz, or cradle a wine bottle, or burrow into someone else’s arms for comfort. Source: The Art … Continue reading The Art of Skidding.