Archives for the ‘Mindfulness’ Category

new year’s celebration 2013, and the word of the year

We are not much for partying on New Year’s Eve. Even in our younger days, we preferred to spend a quiet evening at home. While trying to instill a sense of the passage of time with the kids, I thought it might be fun to mark the occasion with a celebration. Since the winter solstice zipped […]

on simplicity

I choose a simple life. Today my goal was to make candles, and I did. Sweet beeswax candles are one of my favorite things in the world. Apparently I’m fairly predictable on this candlemaking thing. It’s ironic that I live in the midst of a busy downtown neighborhood. Cars whiz past our house all day […]

finding joy

Life has been rough this year. And lately I’m finding myself wallowing around in it.  I’ve been here before, and I recognize the space I’m in. I was really feeling sorry for myself, and I remembered this post by Erin at Bluebirdbaby. It sums up how I feel right now. Erin says, “Everyday, heck…every second, […]

Two-Day Retreat :: Day 1: Meditation

Having had such a difficult time lately, The Daddy Monkey suggested that I “take the weekend off.”  With that in mind, I made a commitment to recharge my own batteries and restore my sense of balance over this weekend. I began by getting some much needed acupuncture on Thursday evening, to help soothe my over-taxed […]

still life :: knitting and impermanence

I’ve been carrying this sweater with me everywhere.  Row by row, I had the entire body of the sweater finished and bound off.  It was time to start the sleeves when I realized I’d made a huge mistake. I was pretty proud of myself for not having a total meltdown when I made the discovery. […]

Sickness Strikes Again and Lots of Knitting

The Girl was afflicted with a serious stomach virus over the weekend.  She’s still feeling weak and moving slow, but I think she’s on the mend…finally.  And I didn’t really pop in here to write about that (although it will explain my absence from this space over the last few days).  The silver lining on […]

A Year of Choice

Lately I’ve been feeling like my little corner of the interwebs has been getting pretty heavy.  Too serious.  I love that I can come to this space and let it all hang out, so to speak.  To get my thoughts out of my head and speak my peace.  But my original intention here was to […]