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I Choose to Inhabit My Days

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

  I was swept away by this poem, posted on a blog I follow called Soul Gatherings. I, like Theresa, have a love of quotes and words strung beautifully together such as Dawna Markova’s poem. For me, words at their best create a symbolic tapestry that calls to our heart, tugs on our spirit and puts voice to our deepest yearnings.  Today, I want to share Markova’s word painting with you, to extend her heart awakening opportunity a little further.  I purchased one today myself as I have not yet had the good fortune of reading the. I look forward to finding out where she will take me. Perhaps you will do the same.
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Midlife Trauma & Transformation

Midlife Trauma & Transformation

MANIFEST ME Midlife brings many changes, some are incredibly good, some extremely challenging. We are happy to discover a sense of confidence and freedom we may not have known in our younger days. We take on new challenges, try new things and sometimes even start over completely. Our sense of self and identity begins to take form in deeper ways. Many of us face deep and challengingquestions that often bring to light traumas we may have experienced as children or even throughout our lives that now seems to impede our progress. This is a rich and complex issue that I hold close to my heart. I have therefore begun to delve into this issue in a new blog ManifestMe2014. If you have suffered trauma at any time in...
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Embrace Your Child’s Heart

Embrace Your Child’s Heart

The midlife transformation that begins in earnest at fifty, and that many of us have already spent a decade or more navigating, is a turning point for many. The dark, confusing period of time, during which everything around us is shifting,  is so disconcerting that it drives us every day, with much earnestness, to examine ourselves and our lives. Have we been living in accordance with our deepest beliefs? What are our beliefs? What governs the decisions we make and the steps we take each day? The process of questioning is the first step in the reconfiguration of our perspectives and, subsequently, our lives. It’s a tremendous opportunity to delve deeper into our hearts and souls, deeper than we may ever have gone before. ...
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We Have the Key

We Have the Key

  “So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key.” The Eagles, Already Gone  (Quote taken from Aging Abundantly’s A Little Book of Hope)   Sometimes it takes a major crisis in our lives to wake us up. Often it just takes turning fifty to realize that our youth has passed us by and it’s time to get moving, to  look at things differently. Midlife is fraught with issues of aging, as well as, external challenges and there are adjustments to be made; values to be examined; beliefs to be questioned. Enough time has passed for most things for us to look back and really evaluate our choices and to begin to...
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Room for Silence

Room for Silence

Spending time in silence each day has become an essential part of my life in recent years. As a young person I valued the idea and practice of quiet meditation, though I was seldom able to do so in...
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Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation Prayer on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh May I be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. May I be free from injury.  May I live in safety. May I be free from disturbance, fear, anxiety and worry....
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Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Developing A Mindfulness Practice

Until recent years, our western culture has been driven by thought processes that are nearly the antithesis of the practice of mindfulness.  Our generation, in particular, was taught at a very early age to think ahead, to plan, to...
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Quotable Musicians

Quotable Musicians

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” - \ Madonna   ♦ ♦ ♦ “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your...
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The Gift of Presence

The Gift of Presence

As I was driving home a few hours ago from an early morning appointment, I encountered an interesting sight. In the past when I traveled to this destination I took the highway, about thirty minutes each way. In recent...
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Books Worth Reading

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

I Choose to Inhabit My Days

  I was swept away by this poem, posted on a blog I follow called Soul Gatherings. I, like Theresa, have a love of quotes and words strung beautifully together such as Dawna Markova’s poem. For me, words at their best create a symbolic tapestry that calls to our heart, tugs on our spirit and puts voice...

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS for BOOMER MEN

Father’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about a special gift for the fathers in your life. My husband and I both loved the these two books. Light, but thought provoking, they are perfect summer reading for the midlife male. Summer Reads for Boomer Men LIFE AT 12...

Breakfast with Buddha – A Review

Breakfast with Buddha – A Review

The Aging Abundantly Book Club on Facebook just finished reading Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. What a delight! I think the thing I liked most about Breakfast with Buddha was the utter honesty portrayed by the main character. I doubt there’s a single person alive that can’t resonate in some way or another...

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