Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mindfulness Moments: All beginnings have a rich history

In nature winter is the season of change below the surface. The blog and I have been in deep hibernation and are ready to celebrate new growth.

Today it is with great joy that I present to you a harbinger of Spring- The Marotta puppy!

Introducing Sirius "Dude" Marotta

Sirius (AKA The Dog Star) is  a constellation of stars representing Orion's loyal dog companion.  You can find Sirius at night by tracing the line of Orion's Belt and it will lead you to the brightest star.  We call him Dude, because he is from Denver and he likes smooth jazz and just because . . .

A wonderful dog trainer/ blogger once described a new dog as a portal for the spirits of your previous pets to sit with you again. An interesting perspective about how change always includes a layering of experience for each of us. We miss and yet connect with Suki as we cuddle with little Dude.

Drawing from 5 years of blogging, workshops, and blog networking I have developed a clarity of vision for the blog. A relaunch is in the planning stages and I promise to  keep you "posted."           
All beginnings have a rich history 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mindfulness Mondays: Clear the Clutter

My home quickly accumulates paper, books, photos, and unfinished projects. On any given day my brain swirls with to do lists, frustrations, happy thoughts, and random ideas.

Somewhere in all of the STUFF (mind and closets) there are sparks of joy. Would you like to join me in cleaning the clutter?

I am honored to be the keynote for this year's Sisters In Spirit conference: A Year of Peaceful Intentions on Saturday, February 6. We will start with mindfulness in the morning and take a mid-day break with the magic of tidying up. In between there will be great sisterhood with women of all ages and break out sessions to help you grow and learn.Call (405) 366-7616 for more information.

I can calm my mind, clean my space, and find joy this week.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mindfulness Mondays: Pause to Reflect

We are entering the third week in January and it is time to reflect on 2016 intentions.

My overall intention is to be "PRESENT" this year. Whether I am having coffee with a friend or doing research on my computer- I want to be focused on that moment.

Take some time this week to check in with yourself. Are your intentions being supported by actions?

P.S. Make gentle corrections if you are off track.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mindfulness Mondays: Be Playful

Children have a natural mindfulness. Watch how they make daily activities fun through the element of play.
 Make an intention this week to be playful. Allow yourself to be open to new ways to approach the seriousness of work and daily activities.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Thank You Elvis, Thank You Very Much

Elvis 1970
It's January 8 friends, and it's Elvis Presley's birthday.

Elvis was already "The King" when I was a kid. I was one of the billions who experienced his Aloha Tour. The connection he made with his audience was magical, reaching all the way through satellite to little 11 year old me sitting cross legged on the shag carpet in my parent's bedroom. The opening warm up still gives me goose bumps.

His records influenced my love of music, his death taught me the dangers of addiction.

Today is a special day and you may choose your own adventure but as for me- I am putting on my blue suede boots and listening to Elvis radio. How will you celebrate?