Articles Posted in the Peace of Mind Category

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Start Your Spring Revival

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” Anne Bradstreet
In a welcome shift of seasons, we begin to shake off winter’s heavy and weathered boughs to receive the gifts of spring renewal.

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Gifts to Give the Soul

It seems that marking the days until Christmas has become more of a hurried frenzy than an advent affair. Cold days and snowy conditions can often lead to negative outlooks, while shopping lines and driving traffic makes preparing for festivities more stressful than enjoyable. In a time of year that should allow for peace, gratitude and reflection, we find ourselves spread as thin as sheets of delicate ice, with the danger of cracking open at any moment. It takes an abundance of energy to be present for all the occasions of the season, and sometimes the added strain means more anxiety and less ease. Although it can be a challenge […]

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The Essence of Gratitude

In the autumn months we reap the harvest of the soil and the soul. When we settle into a quieter and calmer season, we have the time and space to reflect upon the busy summer months and soak in the blessings of friends and family. Who, or what, do you have to be thankful for this year? By the time we all sit around the Thanksgiving table and take turns expressing our gratitude, it’s sometimes hard to sum up everything that we are grateful for in just a few sentences. In truth, we can’t express it all in just words. Like most worthwhile emotions and experiences, the power of gratitude […]

Tai Chi – A Gateway into the Soul

The vast majority of people on earth look for something beyond the mere physical plane, and many religions of the world aim at achieving such a feat. Scores of people see church, prayer, and the reading of a holy text to be avenues to reach enlightened spirituality, but is this the only way? Tai Chi, an ancient form of martial art, is one alternative. With roots touching nearly two millennia ago, Tai Chi has developed into a widely heard of, but equally misunderstood practice. Essentially, the art combines movement, meditation, and awareness in its pursuit for spiritual connectedness, not just to a higher plane, but also to the world. Traditional […]

The Spiritual, Soothing Nature of Knitting

I started knitting in my thirties with other mothers my age, as our young children played.  Life was good.  Knitting was social and fun: a chance to get together. The importance of this simple get together to knit had far reaching purposes. None of us knew how our lives would take a turn and knitting would become much more fun!  For me, it became survival, a way to center myself during a time of great loss.  Knitting can have many purposes at different times of our life. My life took a tragic turn, when my husband suddenly died leaving me alone with our three children to raise. I was completely lost. […]