The Beatles Connection

The Beatles Connection

Art touches our intellect, but it mostly appeals to the heart. It’s not always about taking sides or arguing to be right, it’s creatively offering that pain is pain, disconnection is disconnection, love is love. It’s common ground.

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Mindfulness is like a library

Mindfulness is like a library

I’m not sure how everyone else’s brain works, but I tend to think in pictures. I see things and do my best to explain what I’m seeing. This may be true for you, too, or maybe you see or feel words. There’s no right way, however you experience your brain is fine. But... read more
Loneliness and Wabi-Sabi

Loneliness and Wabi-Sabi

  Our front porch is one of my favorite places. I watch the birds and people, I get quiet and usually end up deep in thought. Sometimes I laugh out loud, sometimes I cry. You’ve caught me in my teary moments. Even if I tell you I’m OK, you tend to look worried.... read more
Empathy and the ability to feel your feelings

Empathy and the ability to feel your feelings

  We were built to feel our feelings, even when feelings don’t feel very good. Anger, sadness, feeling left out – not enjoyable. But we all know these feelings intimately, they come and go throughout our lives. They are wonderful teachers, offering an... read more
The choice and power of words

The choice and power of words

In a moment it can feel really good to yell at someone, to release the anger through words. It’s like unloading heaviness onto someone else for awhile, like a momentary relief. But later we are left feeling guilty and ashamed, with the realization that we were irresponsible. We forgot to pay attention. We lost sight of what was real and most important.

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Find What Fits

Find What Fits

When things don’t fit we need to trust that there is not one way. What is true for you can only be felt by you. What you decide to do with it can only be your choice.

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Practicing Contentment

Practicing Contentment

Searching outside of ourselves for contentment will disappoint. It’s not a thing we can “have”. Instead, it’s a practice of paying attention, appreciating, refocusing. No one promised us contentment. It’s nobody’s job to give us contentment. Instead it’s an individual... read more
Feeling afraid? Create light.

Feeling afraid? Create light.

I told my girls about the Paris tragedy. I explained that a few very angry people chose to harm and create fear, but their actions actually led to compassionate solidarity all over the world. They thought they were spreading hate, but instead they ignited togetherness... read more
You look much better in person than you do on paper

You look much better in person than you do on paper

My dad fell and has been in the hospital. Actually he’s fallen several times over the last few weeks, but this big fall led to him being taken away in an ambulance. In the emergency room the attending physician walked in and said to my dad, “You look much better in... read more

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