pumpkin, Halloween, mask, joy, peace, serenityHappy Halloween!

Traditionally tonight we dress up, put on masks, and act other than who we are. It's fine to do that today,  but do we wear "masks" every day? What gets in the way of me being myself?

Believe in yourself and take a risk. Start by showing your true self to yourself. You will be wonderfully surprised at what happens!

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Today has become to be known as "Back to the Future Day", the day when in the movie of the same name, the main character heads into the "future"; October 21, 2015. Here is a post I wrote awhile ago, yet it seems apropos for today.

Why is it that we seem to always want what we don’t have? What makes the grass greener on the other side of the fence? It seems to be embedded in our nature to covet that which we don’t have, even when we are happy with what we have

laugh, laughter, hope, serenity, peace, joy, God, Jesus, life, perspective Laughter (credit: Psychology Today)

Happiness is an experience and a feeling most of us seek yet many of us fail to achieve. There is no magical path to happiness, but there are ways of finding and feeling that which we seek and desire. I often write about staying in the moment and spending time each day meditating so as to focus on what is happening within us. We are "healthiest" when we focus on the present since that is all that exists. For me and my experience, happiness and peace can be

Today the christian world commemorates and remembers the life of St. Francis from the town of Assisi in Italy (1180-1223). Our world is in need of peace, an inner peace, a peace within families, a peace between nations; simply put, we are in need of peace!

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St. Francis, when he began following Jesus and the message of the Gospel, promoted peace; an inner peace, a peace between us and God, and a peace among nations. Francis chose to freely give of all he had to focus on

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Those of us living on the eastern seaboard of the United States are watching the Bahamas with a keen interest. Currently, hurricane Joaquin is impacting the islands and the people who live there, soon to be turning his sights on the coastal US. As many of you know, weather and forecasting is a hobby of mine, especially the study of severe weather. So I am not only watching Joaquin because it interests me, but also because it may directly affect me as I am on the

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It's the end of the traditional work week and I, like so many others, are drained and ready for a break from the work routine. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but we all need to take time to rejuvenate and care for ourselves. Much of my writing talks about the need for meditation, for spending as little as 10 minutes a day in quiet time to reflect on self, the world around you, your feelings, etc.

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When I saw this graphic I immediately knew I had to share it.  The

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference." - Frost

Choices. Some people are good at making choices while others are not. Personally, I fall into the latter group. I do make choices, lots of them, but the process in making those choices is what I
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Today at 5:00pm EST I'm a guest on "Spirit of Recovery" radio show (http://www.unity.fm/program/SpiritOfRecovery)

I will be speaking on the spirituality of connectedness and taking calls. The call in number is: 888-558-6489.

The "spirituality of connectedness" is about moving out of isolation into connection with oneself, a Higher Power and other people, joining in the community of life. I will share with the audience how a holistic approach using the psychological method of

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Worry ... We all worry, but I feel many of us worry more often than we used to. Is it because of age or changing culture? Does it seem to you, as it does to me, that the more technologically advanced we get the more we tend to worry?

I too am prone to worry and have asked myself why I worry; what is the act of worrying doing for me? Does my worry make the situation better? Am I feeling better? Since the answer is always "no", then what purpose does it serve me to worry? Yet I

Francis of Assisi, peace, joy, Catholic, christian, hope, serenity St Francis of Assisi

Today the christian world commemorates and remembers the life of St. Francis from the town of Assisi in Italy (1180-1223). Our world is in need of peace, an inner peace, a peace within families, a peace between nations; simply put, we are in need of peace!

St. Francis, once he began following Jesus and the message of the Gospel, promoted peace; an inner peace, a peace between us and God, and a peace among nations. Francis chose to freely give of all he had to focus on

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Why are we so afraid to take risks?  Are we afraid of making a mistake?  Afraid of pain?  Disappointment?  Change?  Probably yes to all the above.  Change, even for the positive, is unknown, and we tend to avoid the unknown.  We don't understand the unknown, feel we can't control the unknown, so we tend to stick with what we know; even if what we know hurts us.  I think that most of us, myself included, have a sense that we are somehow in control of our life and

It seems to me that in today's society we are more "concrete" oriented as opposed to "abstract" oriented.  We tend to focus our attention on what we can see and touch and not on what is not clearly visible or known.  Ancient civilizations, prior to an understanding of scientific knowledge, were a people who relied on  stories, or myths, to explain the world around them.  The stories concretized the abstractness of the world.  When I was young I was scared of storms (I reflect more fully on the

life, journey, rest, stress, anxiety, peace, zen, spirituality, religion, psychology, God, Jesus zen dog (credit: unknown)

I feel that we can learn so much from dogs (and other pets too, I am sure), but this post is not about dogs.  Actually, I plan to write a post about what we can learn from our canine friends, but for now, let's look at our zen (not canine) self.  "Zen" comes to us from the school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition and not ritual worship or study of scriptures.  Looking deep within ourselves for life's answers and

Here in the mid-Atlantic region we have coped with rain and a steady mist for a few days now, with more of the same the next couple days. I understand that many people find this weather dreary and depressing, but I, personally, look forward to days such as today.  I find a day of steady rain and mist to be quite comforting.  

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Think about it: the darkness covers you like a good blanket, with the sound of the rain soothing the mind, while the mist lightly

As I write this blog post I am designated as in the path of Hurricane Sandy when she makes landfall in a couple of days.  For those who have followed my posts you will know that meteorology and storm chasing is a fascination and hobby of mine.  I have come to understand and so to respect Mother Nature.  I have done all the preparation that I can do; moved in the outside furniture, purchased supplies, and gathered firewood.  I am tracking the storm and now just waiting, and praying.

In many of

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Since today is Sunday I am sitting in my easy chair drinking a pumpkin spiced coffee (it is autumn) while listening to jazz music as I read the comics.  Can it get any better than this?  As I look out my window and see the beauty of autumn with a light breeze knocking off some of the leaves, allowing them to float to the ground, I realize that in all of peaceful beauty I still feel some anxiety.  Why?  Doesn't my Sunday's journey thus far rival the images of Normal Rockwell?  How can

It seems that more and more people in today's society are "concrete" oriented as opposed to abstract oriented.  We tend to focus our attentions more on what we can see and touch and not on what is not clearly visible or known.  Way back when, prior to our understanding and scientific knowledge we were a people who believed in stories, myths, to help explain the world around us.  The stories seemed to concretize the abstractness of the world around us.  When I was young and scared of storms (see

life journey rest stress anxiety peace zen spirituality religion psychology God Jesus zen dog

We can learn so much from dogs (and other pets too I am sure), but this post is not about dogs.  Actually, I plan to write a post about what we can learn from our canine friends, but for now, let's look at our zen (not canine) self.  "Zen" comes to us from a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship or study of scriptures.  Looking deep within ourselves for life's answers and direction is not new, nor is it old

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