Mind-Body

Amongst the Trees

As a child growing up, some of my best adventures were experienced in the woods behind my house. Climbing trees in an effort to make it up high enough to catch a glimpse of the back of my house was the ultimate goal.  Once perched securely up in the crook of a tree I would […]

An Exploration of Wholeness

“Without feeling, there is no chance of wholeness, and wholeness remains our best chance to survive the pain of breaking.” Mark Nepo I was at a yoga class recently where the teacher read us this quotation. It dropped like fresh rainfall into my heart and suddenly I understood how profound it is to open to […]

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

If you are on an airplane in an emergency situation, you may not save yourself or help anyone else if you don’t put your own oxygen mask on first. And the flight attendants remind us of this on every flight. But are we really listening? Do we know we have to take care of ourselves […]

Lessons from the Garden

When Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller and her family land in a house with a hundred-year-old Japanese garden, she uses the paradise in her backyard to glean the living wisdom of our natural world. Through her eyes, rocks convey faith, ponds preach stillness, flowers give love, and leaves express the effortless ease of letting go. […]

Breath Work

“The tranquility of order is a dynamic tranquility, the stillness of a flame burning in perfect calm, of a wheel spinning so fast that it seems to stand still. Silence in this sense is not only a quality of the environment, but primarily an attitude, an attitude of listening. … Let us give to one […]

Summer Camp Days Ahead

These hot June days take me back through the years to the days of summer camp. My first experience was a YWCA camp on the shores of a Michigan lake. It was all foreign to me; morning reveille, raising the flag and evenings by the campfire, singing songs whose words even now come to mind. […]

Care for the Caregivers

Thank you to Jenny Marais –  a local Nurse Navigator – for allowing us to republish a portion of chapter 17 from her book, Navigating Your Cancer Journey:   You’re a caregiver if you do anything for a person with cancer that helps them during their treatment… Being a caregiver is one of the hardest […]

Carriers of Light

“What is going on with you?” Eleanor softly inquired. Pacing, cupping the side of my head I stopped mid-step, responding with a deep sigh. “I don’t know, something is missing for Friday night’s gala.” “What?” “I want to mention the significance of ‘our light’ when I speak to the audience.” “Really! Please tell me more.” […]

A Deliberate Gift

First I dropped my keys… then a water canteen… and finally a bag of mandarins slipped from my arms while transitioning from my car to the back door of the Center. Watching my recent farmer’s market produce roll under my car, I paused. A deep sigh proceeded as I detected a pattern as of late. […]

Finding the Sacred Space Within

In yoga, we greet each other by saying Namaste. It’s a lovely way to say both hello and goodbye. The word originates in India and the root, nama, means “to bow.” Namaste recognizes the wisdom within each person, so we bow to that wisdom through greeting one another with sincerity. It may sound odd at […]