Monthly Archives: May 2019

Being: A Moment to Breathe

After what felt like a very long, dark winter, Spring has finally sprung here in Upstate New York. I love waking up to the birds singing in the apple tree outside the bedroom window.

With the threat of frost and snow finally gone, I invited a friend over for a visit. Upon arrival, she shared that as she turned down Route 32, a construction truck pulled out to block the lane, forcing her to keep her speed below 30 mph. “It was amazing!” she said. “If I hadn’t gotten stuck behind that truck, I wouldn’t have noticed all the flowering trees. It’s so beautiful; I honestly had tears in my eyes.”

Her words struck a chord in me. So many of us are rushing through life at breakneck speed, barely taking a moment to appreciate the world around us. (I will admit that I am one of the worst offenders.) Her appreciation of the moment once more got me thinking about the human experience; specifically, the difference between being and doing.

Doing Versus Being

As I was thinking about this, it occurred to me that my greeting to others used to be, “How are you?” but lately it’s changed to “How are you doing?” or “How is it going?” The standard answer has become “Busy,” followed by a big sigh. I’m realizing that we leave each other little room to “be.”

I bring this up today because this week I was swamped. I was so busy, in fact, that last night when I got home, I was stressed out and tired. I decided to go to bed early so I would have time to pray for clearing of the negativity that came up during the […]

By |May 24th, 2019|Blog|

Leading With Love

I would like to start by thanking all of you who reached out with your condolences on the loss of my son’s friend. I am so grateful. The experience stirred something in me that took me by surprise. In my saddened state, I couldn’t help but fixate on the feeling that the world appears to be a mess. The opioid crisis is just one tiny part. Honestly, I think I had a crisis of faith because I started to wonder if the work I’m doing will have any impact at all. I lost focus for a couple of weeks because I got into my head, which means my thoughts were running wild telling me all kinds of negative things. But suddenly I was reminded of a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi that has gotten me back on track a number of times. I searched everywhere for the full prayer to share with you, but for now, the gist of it is, “Stay out of your head. Stay in your heart.”  

Living from the Heart

Staying in our hearts isn’t easy, because our head is constantly trying to run the show. But when we are living from our hearts, we have the power to change whatever we want—because we are not limiting ourselves with our thoughts.

There is no doubt that you are the most important person in your life. Loving and caring for you comes before loving anything or anyone else. Imagine what a beautiful world we could build if each one of us would love ourselves the way we love other people, our pets, our plants […]

By |May 17th, 2019|Blog|