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Having a Sense of Home

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What’s your deepest nature?

The Practice:
Having a Sense of Home.

Why?

Throughout history, people have wondered about human nature. Deep down, are we basically good or bad?

Recently, science is beginning to offer a persuasive answer. When the body is not disturbed by hunger, thirst, pain, or illness, and when the mind is not disturbed by threat, frustration, or rejection, then most people settle into their resting state, a sustainable equilibrium in which the body refuels and repairs itself and the mind feels peaceful, happy, and loving. I call this our Responsive mode of living. It is our home base, which is wonderful news. We are still engaged with the world, still participating with pleasure and passion, but on the basis of a background sense of safety, sufficiency, and connection.

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Experiencing Protection

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I stepped into the shower, noticing a glass bottle of vinegar that someone had used on their hair. Once again I made a mental note to not leave glass in our stone shower.  

 
While enjoying the warm water I was thinking about my day. I put conditioner on my hair enjoying the luscious smell. An ominous sound entered my awareness. I then began to feel the shower move underneath my feet. We were experiencing an earthquake, a big earthquake. 

 
No time to turn off the water, I grabbed a towel and bolted. My son, the dogs and I ran down the stairs and out the door. Before the power went out I noticed art work on the ground or hanging precariously on the walls. It was like looking at everything in slow motion. I could hear the sounds of shaking and falling. I could see the destruction. Time stopped.

 
Once outside I stood barefoot in the snow hugging our son. Our dogs were completely confused, one ran away. I don’t remember even feeling cold. I had practically nothing on, wet, in 20 degree temperatures. I regrouped and took a deep breath. 

 
As I hugged Finn, I reminded him we are always protected. We will be OK. As the Earth beneath our feet calmed down, we went back inside. There was no power and the sun was not up yet. I returned to the shower to rinse my hair. The after-shocks continued. 

 
Finn looked for the run-away dog. I walked through our home. It could have been much worse. Only glass objects were broken, no structural damage was apparent. I touched base with my husband and other family members. We were all in semi shock, but doing fine. 

 
As I cleaned up pieces of glass I thought about protection. What is this protection I promise myself and our children? Today called for me to dig deeper into my spiritual beliefs and reckoning on protection.  


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Getting Your Internal House in Order

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“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” — Deepak Chopra

As I watched the news unfold on Thursday about the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, here in California, a woman on the treadmill next to me at the gym said, “You know, you can’t go anywhere in this country anymore. Nowhere is safe.”

I’ve always known life is fragile. As someone who grew up in a family where two uncles were gunned down, I had that message drilled into me at a very young age. It’s one I have never forgotten.

But the idea that nowhere is safe anymore is a terrifying reality, isn’t it? How does one “live” when one feels that nowhere is actually safe to live? That’s a question each of us must ask ourselves these days.

For me, it’s all just another reminder to get my house in order. I don’t mean my physical house, per se. (Although getting my house in order over the summer really did help center me.) No, I mean my house of relationships. Because the truth is, you just never know.

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Every doormat says Welcome

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The other day I was responding to a private group on live video. Out of my mouth to the person that I was sharing her story, came this response: “Every doormat says welcome”. Oops.. Right out it came.. but, it was necessary. I have used this term before. Actually I have shared it many times… but this time… when I said it, the people listening really heard it. It touched them to the depth of their soul.

One person said… “WOW, that was a BIG dose of reality.” Yes, it is. If you are a doormat in your life, maybe it is time to put this new doormat out now. What do you think?

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Is this Holiday Season turning you into a “Bad Mom”?

Is this Holiday Season turning you into a “Bad Mom”?

Over the Thanksgiving mini-break, I watched A Bad Mom’s Christmas, with a glass of wine in my hand to boot.

 

And you know what?!

 

It is so true!

 

As Moms, we run ourselves down until we get S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D and are E.X.H.A.U.S.T.E.D!

 

During the Holidays, we tend to do this much more quickly than any other time during the year. Seriously. Between trying to make every holiday event, wrapping, shopping, and pleasing family members – I don’t blame any mom for reaching for a bottle of her favorite alcohol!

 

So how can you do the impossible and alleviate stress during the Holidays?

 

These tips can help you exhale and allow you to actually enjoy what the Holidays are truly about. Gratitude. For the people, you have in your life to spend this “magical” time with. The memory of those who have passed. Feelings associated with our traditions. Gratitude for everything that is beautiful and worth rejoicing in this world. For faith in something larger than ourselves.

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