Winter has arrived. It’s dark and cold. It will be dark and cold again tomorrow. The good news is that we have made it past the winter solstice. The days are getting longer. However, January tends to be a long and challenging month for many, especially those living with seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder … More 5 Best Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder : Don’t Be Sad, Be Happy!
Not done with your shopping yet? Here are three gifts to give this season: kindness, compassion, and acceptance. In the months leading up to Christmas, people start searching for just the perfect gift to give people on their list. Do we buy a new sweater for dad? A video game for our son? New running … More The 3 Most Important Gifts to Give
“Green garlands hung on the walls, and every tree was a Christmas tree full of toys, and blazing with candles that never went out.” ~Louisa May Alcott, A Christmas Dream, and How It Came to Be True. Christmas is getting closer and while this holiday might look a little different than those in years past, … More Count Down to Christmas, Light by Light
“Rainbows are made of small raindrops. Happy lives are made from acts of kindness.” ~ Amit Ray The rainbow is a powerful symbol in many cultures. Rainbows symbolize hope, connection, forgiveness, grace, unity, and joy. Some see it as a bridge between this world and the next. Regardless of how you interpret rainbows, they are … More A Rainbow of Happiness: A Guided Meditation
If you are new to meditation, guided meditations are just the place to start! In the Buddhist tradition, a restless mind is often referred to as the “monkey mind.” The goals of mindfulness meditation include calming the monkey mind, reducing stress, and increasing focus. A racing mind that reacts sensitively to little things indicates thinking … More What the Heck is Guided Meditation?
“The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives. ” ~ Russel M. Nelson . . . . . Seeking Health and Happiness One Day at a Time. Marcy Berg is a writer and therapist living in the Pacific Northwest and … More Cultivating Joy
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are … More Our Deepest Fears
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere we go … I love the holiday season, and yet Christmas has frequently been a difficult time to celebrate. So much of Christmas has become commercialized and more about receiving than giving. In the Pacific Northwest, it is a rainy and dark season. However, this year … More Planning a Socially Distanced Christmas: 11 Ideas for a Festive Holiday Season
Squirrel! In American slang, someone who is twitchy and changes direction quickly is often called a squirrel. Those adorable rodents with long bushy tails spend all summer gathering nuts to prepare for the winter. However, they are known to shift their attention quickly from one thing to another. While squirrels have excellent long-term memories, a … More 7 Steps to Create New Habits and Be Less Distracted
We go through our days distracted. Our attention gets pulled in many directions. Sometimes, we focus our attention on people and events such as our family, friends, work, politics. And other times, we focus our attention on the minutiae of life such as television, shopping, doing the laundry, video games. Mindfulness, being present in the … More 3 Mindfulness Practices You Can Start Today: Observing