The quality for the third day of the Shannon Plummer and Bob Sima 5-day “Music as Spiritual Practice” journey is Forgiveness, and I have to admit that I had a little more difficulty with this theme than those for Day 1 and Day 2. But I guess I probably wasn’t alone, because they had more … More It’s Not You, It’s Me
I began yesterday with the mindful eating of an orange; I ended it with a reverent brushing of my teeth. My commitment to experiencing everything as if for the first time, the first of the “Music as Spiritual Practice” Journey I described yesterday, varied in-between, but it was a good practice nonetheless. I really enjoyed … More The Grace of Imperfection
Welcome to 2020! I started this blog on January 2, 2017 after a visioning session at my spiritual center directed me to inject some positivity in a world where our focus seems to be on problems and what we perceive to be “not working.” As we kick off this new year, it just seems right … More New Year, New Eyes
The Town of Cary runs a Gallery Walk on the Final Friday of every month where galleries and town offices and businesses that display art (such as several restaurants and a local winery) stay open late to allow people to drop by and see the latest exhibitions. Since my son is an artist, we have … More Final Friday, SNAP Challenge Edition
Sorry this is late, but we were out late last night. And that is sort of the point of this post. One of the toughest things for us about taking on this SNAP Challenge is that the rules say you can’t eat at a restaurant (they don’t accept food stamps) AND you can’t eat any … More Why Not? Wednesday, SNAP Challenge Edition
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge another great American hero whose transition we also celebrated last week: the fabulous Ms. Aretha Franklin. I don’t know anything that I could write that would be as concise and as eloquent as the statement Barack and Michelle Obama released upon her death: “Through her … More In Honor of the late Aretha Franklin
Man, where did the summer go? We had a great summer, although it seemed really packed with activities and projects and such, which made the time fly by. And here it is, Labor Day week, and just about everyone is back to school––or back to homeschool, in the cases of my students, for whom my … More Song of Summer
Do you know Nia? It is a non-impact aerobic workout program to international music that draws from many different strands of dance, martial arts, yoga, and other wellness practices. But in a Nia routine, participants are supposed to address not only the body component of health, but also of the mind and spirit. At least … More Preparing for the Solar Eclipse with Nia
My last blog post was about comedy, but this one is about tragedy. Because as much as I’m committed to bliss, that doesn’t mean ignoring the pain and sadness related to events that produce international grieving. I’m referring, of course, to the May 22nd suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, England. … More What Do We Tell Our Children?
Are you someone who thinks that mediation requires silence and eyes closed to any outside stimulation to be effective? Or have you ever tried meditating to music? How about meditating to techno music: the fast-tempo, rhythmic, electronic music more commonly associated with the disco than with states of contemplation? Well, that is what Japanese Buddhist priest … More Meditation Monday: Ever Try Techno?