Ripple Effect

Aging With Wisdom by Theresa D-Litzenberger

Aging is something we do every day without really giving it much thought until the moment we realize, oh my gosh, where have the years gone? We have this uncanny human ability to put aging outside of ourselves as though it only happens to other people. And then one day we realize we are older than we ever imagined we would be.

The Ripple Effect of Kindness

I work for A Book for All Seasons, a small, independent bookstore in downtown Leavenworth, Washington. Over the holidays, I noticed that despite the busyness, the crowds, and the moments when people could barely move until one person inched forward so another person could inch to the right and thus clear the way for more movement from one place to another, people acted with courtesy, respect and kindness.

A New Year's Revolution: Loving Ourselves Just as We Are

Happy New Year!

My wish for 2018 is to accept and love the strange places in myself. I send this wish to all of you as well. I wish you love and acceptance in even the strangest of places in yourselves. It is the beauty of being human, that we all have these gems of strangeness.

Dear friends.

The Art of Giving

Faith is an innate human quality that is often put to the test when life seems most challenging, when things seem the darkest.

As we near the winter solstice we are, literally, approaching the darkest of times. And yet we find ourselves in the very season that offers us a way to demonstrate the deepest aspects of our faith.

This is the season we join with family and friends to celebrate our faith through traditions, festivities, and religious ceremonies.


Mindful Facilitation As I was standing in the check out lane at the local grocery store, I noticed how prevalent the word Mindful has become. From Oprah's glossy cover "Tips for Mindful Living, to tabloid headlines that promise a "Mindful Romance", it seems as though Mindfulness, like gluten free, has found footing in the consciousness of American pop culture.

Responding with Love and Courage

This writing from Jack Kornfield,teacher and meditator, inspired me, so I want to share this with you. So much of what he says is what we teach in our courses.



Responding with Love and Courage

ESSAY ON RESILIENCE by Joann M. Anderson

Joann M. Anderson

    Over the years of my life, the most difficult times regaining balance and restoring resilience have involved our youngest son who is headstrong and determined.For example, when he was four years old, he had scattered his toys all over the family room which was an extension of the kitchen. I told him to pick up his toys and put them away. His reply was to prop both hands on his hips, stand up straight, and announce, “Mother, I don’t come from the same place you do. Where I come from I don’t have to pick up my toys.”

The Essence of Elder Hood

Throughout human history elders have played an integral and influential role in the wellbeing of our families and our communities. Elders have been the keepers of traditions and knowledge, passing their often hard earned life skills from one generation to the next. Their life experience, in and of itself, was sufficient enough to elevate them to a place of honor and respect. Their life wisdom became an appreciated sanctuary for counsel and support.

Elder Speak Reflection

In honor of Elder Speak, we share this reflection:

Taking Inventory aka Breath, Ground, Relax

In a mindful life there is a strong correlation between expanding our awareness and becoming empowered. In navigating the terrain of relationships, expanding the awareness in regards to how we interface with otheres becomes an exceptionally handy tool.

This useful bit of awareness arises from consciously knowing, distinguishing, and then choosing to move from a reactive state to a responsive state. A reactive state, or reaction, occurs when we feel threatened. When we are in a reaction certain physiological events occur. We get tense, our breathing changes, and we become ungrounded. This is the classic fight/flight/freeze experience. On the other hand, when we are in a response, our physiology demonstrates that we are fully present, un-tense in our physical body, relaxed in our breath, and deeply grounded in our energy. There is a balance between our mental process, our emotional world and our physical body. Our cellular system is not in ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ mode. We have not donned the mask of “I’m OK” as our cellular body tenses up and our breathing stops. Our behavior is true to who we are in the present authentic moment

. The American scholar Joseph Campbell states it well. “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

In our mindful efforts to deepen relational contact, it is vitally important to distinguish a reaction from a response. Quite simply, when we are in a reaction, we are not in contact. We can use our physical body as an instrument to help us decipher a reaction from a response.

As we do this, we bring greater awareness into our relationships and we can consciously take the steps necessary to move from one to the other. This is exceptionally useful and very empowering. ........

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