The end-of-life perspective: A key to finding meaning

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 28, 2012 at 7:00 AM

“Do every act of your life as if it were your last.”

-Marcus Aurelius

During my years of work in hospice, I recognized that many of the dying patients I met exhibited a certain freedom to do and say whatever they thought was important, without fear of the consequenc...

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After a fall: 5 stages of recovery

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

I’ve mentioned in previous posts the fact that a few months ago I was injured in a bicycle crash that caused a concussion and broken clavicle. I have learned a lot throughout this experience and have shared some of that wisdom in: 10 Things you can do for pain besides tak...

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A Blessing for Beauty by John O'Donohue

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Here is a beautiful prayer from the book Beauty - The Invisible Embrace by John O'Donohue:

A Blessing for Beauty

May the beauty of your life become more visible to you, that you may glimpse your wild divinity.

May the wonders of the earth call you forth from all your small, secret prisons and set your feet free in the pastures of...

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How to pray - even if you're not religious

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on May 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Today is the National Day of Prayer, when people of all faiths are asked to pray for the nation, and some groups are not comfortable with the fact that Congress has endorsed this observance. But that discomfort occurs because they associate the act of prayer with religion an...

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Spiritual Practice for the: Shadow from Spirituality and

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 22, 2012 at 7:00 AM

These practices for dealing with the Shadow are reprinted from Spirituality & Practice, a website founded by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.

Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Blessing 

  • Seeing my shadow on the street is a cue for me to pay attention to those parts of myself I don't like but that tag along a...
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Tips for starting a mindfulness meditation practice

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 21, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The benefits of meditation have been well-established over time through numerous scientific studies showing it is a helpful practice for stress reduction, lowering blood pressure, improving anxiety and depression, lessening pain, and increasing focus and concentration, along with enhancing feelings of well-being. In our hectic, ...

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Lessons from peeling apples

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Several years ago I attended a weeklong writing retreat during which we were asked to observe 24 hours of silence. It happened that I drew kitchen duty on the day of silence and when I reported for my shift that morning I found that the cook had written the instructions we were to follow since we weren’t allowed to speak. She pointed me to a huge bowl of bright red and green apples b...

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Prayer for the higher self by Marianne Williamson

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Dear God,

In this one moment I recognize that there is within me a perfect Self:

A Self that is not dysfunctional;

A Self that is not weak but strong;

That is not limited, but unlmited;

That is not small, but huge;

That is not in pain but in peace;

That is not faithless and scared but all-kn...

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How Western women can save the world

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

In a speech at the Vancouver Peace Summit in September 2009, the Dalai Lama made a prediction: “The world will be saved by Western woman.” While that comment touched off an avalanche of commentary on Twitter and the blogosphere, the Dalai Lama’s words must ultimately be seen as a tribute to the tremendous progress toward freedom and equality that has been made by and...

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Can anybody meditate? by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from the book Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Hyperion Books i...

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