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A Fun Way to “Map” New Year Intentions

A Fun Way to

Last week’s post A Wise Way to Set New Year Intentions suggested you can cultivate the inner traits you aspire to live by, especially traits that will help you become more resilient in the coming year, by acknowledging the inner strengths you already have – cheerfulness, kindness, perseverance, spontaneity, etc.  Intentionally claiming these strengths or traits […]

Aging Gracefully – Playfully

(I recently passed one of those milestones of life that reminded me I am getting old-er. Which turned my thoughts to how to age gracefully, playfully, even resiliently.) A great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. – Madeleine L’Engle * * * * * They’re not […]

Take a Break – Relax and Play

5-8-17 Weekly Quotes – Take a Break – Relax and Play Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, not solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. – Maya Angelou * * * * * There is virtue in work […]

Weekly Quotes 2016

Courage Perserverance

1-4-16 Weekly Quotes: New Year’s Resolutions That Will Make You Happier (In a rare reversal (the resources posted on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve were actually more like quotes), this week’s quotes are actually a resource post from my colleague Christine Carter, posted through the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley. Good wisdom, […]

Some Serious Science about the Giving of Gifts

(My favorite reading these days, not bedtime reading but on a plane or in the dentists’ office, is Scientific American Mind. The current issue, for example, has articles on Why We Imagine, and Why Cops Lose Control, and Using Sound Rather than Scalpels for Brain Surgery, and What Really Causes Autism, and Viewing Brain Cells […]

Unlocking Your Natural Anti-Depressants

We probably all know people who struggle with depression and how much that struggle can live in the shadows of our culture. Here’s a fabulous new resource that can help people unlock the five natural anti-depressants in the brain: mindfulness, compassion, purpose, play, and developing confidence. It’s a new book by my colleague Elisha Goldstein, […]

Weekly Quotes 2015

Creating Change

1-5-15 Weekly Quotes: This Year, Live Your Life Fully Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale […]

Changing the Wallpaper

My friend Lynn shared with me the phrase from her German-born mother “die Tapeten wechseln”….translating roughly “to change the wallpaper” meaning roughly to find leisure and wellness in a change of environment, going for a walk to clear the mind, going on vacation to allow new sights and sounds to shift your perspective. Changing the […]

Play is Good Medicine for the Winter Blahs Part II

(several readers responded to last week’s post Play is Good Medicine for the Winter Blahs. Please scroll down for some fabulous photos of folks on the East Coast playfully coping with this winter’s storms. Directly below is some good advice from my friend Bev Stevens about using perception to strengthen our vision: This “play” is […]

Weekly Quotes 2014

1-6-14 Weekly Quotes: Reflections on Recovering from Busy-ness [A re-post from April 27, 2009; a way for me to recover from busy-ness] The tragedy with velocity as the answer to complexity is that, after awhile, you cannot see or comprehend anything that is not traveling at the same speed you are. And you actually start […]

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