squirrel, life, mindfulness, meditation, zen, peace, inspirational, lifesjourney, Chris Shea, nature, pond, water credit: Chris Shea

I often find it difficult for me to stay focused on the present moment, even though I write about it and practice it daily. Yes, practice is necessary, but what is the best way to learn to stay in the moment? For me, nature teaches me to stay in the moment. I took this picture of the squirrel on our pond as it intently stood there. What is it thinking? Take a moment to watch birds, deer, dogs, cats, etc and notice how they stay in the moment. How can we be more like them?

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"Don't spoil what you have by desiring what you don't have; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for."Epicurus

Thanksgiving, peace, joy, life, perspective, family, hope (Norman Rockwell "Traditional Thanksgiving")

Today, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday begun in 1789 by our first president, George Washington. In Washington's proclamation the president stated: "this is a day of national thanksgiving and prayer."  It is a day for us to gather in remembrance and gratitude for

research, mindfulness, peace, meditation, life, zen, brain, science, lifesjourney, Chris Shea, chemistryA main focus of my work is mindfulness and daily meditation. Mindfulness as the art and practice of living in the moment, experiencing all we feel and think in the present. Mindfulness is not a new "gimmick" or simply a play on words, and recently science has proved that meditation, as used throughout the ages, actually has physically redemptive qualities. Not long ago I wrote about a Harvard study showing that meditation grows new grey matter  in the brain. This article, describing a

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The attacks in Paris, as well as terrorism around the world, cause many of us to feel stress and anxiety as we hopelessly feel there is nothing we can do. Back in March, 2015 I reflected on this topic and posted a "Rest Stop". I light of all that continues to happen in the world, I am reposting that blog. Please share with us your ways of coping.


In my life I strive to be an optimistic person, although, I think I end up somewhere in the middle between being an optimist and a pessimist

leaves, fall, autumn, meditation, mindfulness, life, inspirational, hope, peace, nature, lifesjourneyThe fallen leaves crunch underfoot as they lay scattered on the ground. Is this a time to feel sad for the death of the leaf; or a time to feel an expectant joy at the rebirth of the coming Spring?

How do you feel?

 

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life journey meditation reflection time spirituality God Christian stress anxiety joy peace serenity Time to Meditate (stock photo)

Many of us in the United States turned back the hands of time early this morning.  We have ended the period of Daylight Savings Time and are now on "normal", called "standard" time.  Our ability to change time prompts a few questions for me, some mundane and some a bit more philosophical.  But, to stay grounded I will refrain, for this post, from discussing the abstract philosophical notions of time.  Rather, I would like to reflect

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

Those who regularly read my reflections know by now that my common theme changing one's perspective to see the world from a different vantage point.  In so doing we may end up changing our thoughts and feelings.  And what better way to change our feelings then to laugh!  To see the funny and humorous side of life.

I hope you enjoy the following perspective-shifts:

 

  • IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?
  • I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE

Thanksgiving, peace, joy, life, perspective, family, hope, serenity traditional Thanksgiving by Norman Rockwell

"Don't spoil what you have by desiring what you don't have; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for." —Epicurus

Today, in the United States, we celebrate a holiday begun in 1789 by our first president, George Washington. In Washington's proclamation the president stated: "this is a day of national thanksgiving and prayer."  A day for us to gather in remembrance and gratitude for all the blessings bestowed upon each

Michaels, common sense, peace, joy, perspective, serenity Michaels recall notice posted in store

Common sense ... I often talk to my university classes about common sense being so common that we don't even think about it! What is common sense? Yes, I know it is the title of a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, but that's not what I'm talking about. How does one know if they have common sense if it is so common?

A few days ago we were out shopping and I saw this recall notice posted at a Michaels store and I asked my youngest daughter to take a picture

Lou Kavar, peace, gratitude, thanksgiving, serenity Rev. Lou Kavar, PhD

As we rest along our journey we are pleased to be met by Rev. Lou Kavar who is reflecting on how we can regain the original sense of the holiday of thanksgiving by counting our blessings.

It’s one of those memories that remains very clear in my mind. I must have been only eight or nine years old at the time. I lay in bed one evening, all snug and warm under the blankets. Before going to sleep, I counted them one by one. I don’t remember the total number, but I’m pretty sure

autumn, leaves, Robert Frost, peace, joy, serenity Autumn Leaves

Spades take up leaves No better than spoons, And bags full of leaves Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise Of rustling all day Like rabbit and deer Running away.

But the mountains I raise Elude my embrace, Flowing over my arms And into my face.

I may load and unload Again and again Till I fill the whole shed, And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight, And since they grew duller From contact with earth, Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use. But a crop is a

leaves, autumn, joy, family, peace, serenity Playing in the autumn leaves

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year! To see the multitude of colors, diverse fragrances, and sounds of crunching leaves underfoot, how can you not love this time of the year!? This past weekend, as we were raking the fallen leaves in the yard, my youngest daughter and I took a moment of levity to jump into the massive pile! As I always say; live in the moment; and that pile was just calling to me. After a time of throwing leaves and being buried

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life journey meditation reflection time spirituality God Christian stress anxiety joy peace serenity Time to Meditate (stock photo)

Many of us in the United States turned back the hands of time early this morning.  We have ended the period of Daylight Savings Time and are now on "normal" time.  Our ability to change time prompts a few questions for me, some mundane and some a bit more philosophical.  But, to stay grounded I will refrain, for this post, from discussing the abstract philosophical notions of time.  Rather, I would like to reflect on this day in two specific ways, namely, how do

Thanksgiving, peace, joy, life, perspective, family, hope traditional Thanksgiving

"Don't spoil what you have by desiring what you don't have; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for." —Epicurus

Today, in the United States, we celebrate a holiday begun in 1789 by our first president, George Washington, commemorating an event which happened a couple hundred years earlier.  In his proclamation the president stated: "this is a day of national thanksgiving and prayer."  A day for us to gather in remembrance and

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

Those who regularly read my rest stop reflections know by now that my common theme in life is to change one's perspective to see the world around us differently.  In doing so we can change our thoughts and our feelings.  And what better way to change our feelings then to laugh!  To see the funny and humorous side of life.

Enjoy the following perspective-shifts, courtesy of fellow blogger The Paperkeeper:

  • ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA…… FLOOR.
  • ATHEISM

present, stress, anxiety, time, hope, change, Helen Mallicoat No time like the present (Credit: unknown)

As I sit here listening to jazz music, drinking my coffee, and watching the fog roll over the water, the mind wanders between thoughts of the past and the future. The more I ponder the more I am led to wonder; where is the future?  It doesn't truly exist.  Is the future something I can grasp?  Without getting too philosophical, I realize that the concrete aspect of my mind longs for the present moment of time, while the OCD (obsessive compulsive

life journey meditation reflection time spirituality God Christian stress anxiety joy peace Turning back time (stock photo)

Many of us in the United States turned back the hands of time early this morning.  We have ended the period of Daylight Savings Time and are now on "normal" time.  Our ability to change time prompts a few questions for me, some mundane and some a bit more philosophical.  But, to stay grounded I will refrain, for this post, from discussing the abstract philosophical notions of time.  Rather, I would like to reflect on this day in two specific ways, namely, how do

"More please?"  This iconic request in the musical Oliver does not end well for the young lad.  Oliver is hungry, yet his request for a second helping of a meager meal pits him against the establishment, eventually landing him on the mean streets of London.

New York City, journey, life, Thanksgiving, meditation, consumerism, spirituality, God, Jesus NYC Skyline Nov 2012

This past week my family and I were in New York City.  The City and surrounding areas are still recuperating from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, yet there is a sense of normalcy as I saw the holiday activities and

As we near Thanksgiving Day and look ahead to Christmas, I am reminded of so many wonderful and comforting childhood memories.  In future posts I will elaborate on the wonders of this time of the year, but for the moment, as I prepare and reflect upon the entire holiday season, I am once again disheartened at the secularism of it all.  I am not surprised by it; I have come to accept it in a way.  But I long for a time when we can see this period of our lives in light of something greater than

life journey meditation reflection time spirituality God Christian stress anxiety joy peace Turning back time

Many of us in the United States turned back the hands of time early this morning.  We have ended the period of Daylight Savings Time and are now on "normal" time.  As I write this the sun is setting, an hour before it set yesterday, but the sun will rise an hour earlier tomorrow than it did today.  A trade-off of sorts.  Our ability to change time prompts a few questions for me, some mundane and some a bit more philosophical.  But, to stay grounded I will refrain, for this

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