The 3 Most Important Gifts to Give

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

Celebrating Mothers with a Big “M” and a Little “m”

Mother’s Day honors the mothers who cared for us and nurtured us as we grew. Many celebrate with the mother they call Mom. This is the big “M” mom. The one who kissed wounds and gave hugs; the one who dried our tears and encouraged us. But today we also celebrate the little “m” moms. … More Celebrating Mothers with a Big “M” and a Little “m”

6 Actions to Increase Self-Love

Self-love can be a difficult thing to find when you have spent your life feeling “less than.” A history of traumatic events can lead a person to erect a concrete wall around their heart. Love for others is difficult, but love of self can become nearly impossible. Short of breaking out a jack hammer, how … More 6 Actions to Increase Self-Love

A Mindful Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is often filled with hearts, flowers and high expectations. A recent visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle reminded me of the complexity of relationships. Like this chandelier art piece, life swirls and changes. The deeper you look into your life, the more you see. Take a few … More A Mindful Valentine’s Day

Holding Space for Love

The sun is shining through the windows and I can hear the rhythmic thwump, thwump, thwump of tennis balls as they make their way back and forth across the community tennis courts. I take another sip of my coffee and settle in at my keyboard knowing that I am safe in my quiet suburban Oregon … More Holding Space for Love