Holiday Peace | Free Meditation for Stress Relief

Holiday Peace | Free Meditation for Stress Relief

The holidays can be a stressful and busy time of year. During this time, you can use meditation as a key tool to help you to create a healthier and more balanced life. And for good reason; it works. Science shows that combining meditation with exercise can decrease depression, reduce stress, relieve emotional pain, and even make you happier and more compassionate. In other words, it’s exactly what you need leading into the holidays. This holiday season make time for you, even if it is just twenty minutes of movement (walking or yoga, for example) at least 3 times a...

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New Peaceful Wellness Podcast!

New Peaceful Wellness Podcast!

I am truly excited to share that I have a new podcast. It’s been a couple of years since I last did a podcast and I look forward to sharing not only my own inspirations and meditations but also special guests that I have lined up for the future. If you are ready to unite with your true nature and find the calm you need to go through this journey called “life,” then walk a while with me as we learn to be resilient with mind-body-spirit modalities. I am a meditation teacher, mindfulness coach, sound healer, yoga specialist, and with...

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Discover Gratitude Through Mindfulness

Discover Gratitude Through Mindfulness

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. – Buddha I know that when I am in a funk, the simple practice of appreciation can bring a huge difference into my day. When I get down, it’s because I have forgotten to do so. A little bit of gratefulness goes a long way. Be it in meditation, writing in a journal or taking a walk. When I return to gratitude in that moment or during a walk, I remember the gifts that have been given me spiritual, emotional, mental, and even material. I ask...

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The Healing Power of Mantras

The Healing Power of Mantras

When I discovered meditation back in 1980, I tried out a myriad of techniques. One of which was mantra meditation. If you are not familiar with mantra meditation, a mantra is a word or phrase that is repeated continually throughout the practice time. The words could be everyday words such as “Peace” or “I am Love” to Sanskrit chants, “Om” or “Om Mani Padme Hum.”  For thousands of years, Sanskrit mantras and similar phrases have been practiced in a specific way to help to attune our mind, body, and spirit. The word mantra itself is derived from two Sanskrit words, manas...

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Embrace Your Heart and Bring Tenderness to the World

Embrace Your Heart and Bring Tenderness to the World

As we embrace our heart and bring tenderness into our life, we can also begin to recognize we have empathy and compassion for others in the world. When we look out upon the world with love, what we see becomes more than what we believed it to be. It is not the world of fear, scarcity and anger, it is now a world of potential, of community, of all beings as One.  I know at times that I can be entranced by old patterning and beliefs and not want to even think about being compassionate to others or either to myself. Yet, compassion and empathy practices...

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Reveal Your Inner Wisdom

Reveal Your Inner Wisdom

What is Inner Wisdom? Call it intuition, an inner intelligence, or perhaps a connection to the Divine. However you choose to define it, it’s in the practice of meditation, this quieting of the mind and detaching from your thoughts that you allow your inner guidance to become uninhibited. When you get the mental clutter out of the way, you may find you can actually “See” yourself– and your life, relationships, and decisions–more clearly. When you bathe in this awareness, you begin to heal the fissures and cracks made by aggravated stress, and can emerge with a sense of peace and purpose. Allow...

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When You Slip Out of Balance

When You Slip Out of Balance

Rest assured, slipping out of balance happens to me on occasion too and it did so not too long ago. Although I do tend to notice it pretty quickly so I can set my life aright again. But it’s easy to slip out of balance. The current world situation is one way we find our way back to negative and addictive behaviors. Other ways can be a heavy workload, relationship disagreements, or trying to do it all. At this point, we seem to fall away from those very practices that assist us in maintaining equilibrium. We have to remember that...

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Stress Free Living with Essential Oils

Stress Free Living with Essential Oils

Stretching back to the beginning of time, essential oils have been used for stress relief. Yet, as time has progressed so has peoples’ stress levels. Along with our technologically advanced society, comes more severe challenges that cause stress and anxiety. After you’ve had a long day filled with the pressures of life on the job, life with in-laws or just life in general, using essential oils for stress relief will lead you down a quick path to relaxation. Essential oils are a popular and effective choice for stress relief for many reasons: * All natural with no harmful side effects* Quick...

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A Path to Peace and Inner Wisdom

A Path to Peace and Inner Wisdom

In my spiritual journey, a labyrinth has brought both peace and wisdom into my life. I believe that it’s been about 25 years or so that I was made aware of labyrinths. For me it is a walking meditation that helps me to clear my mind, ask questions to my Inner Source, and release that which is ready to be released. I helped to build a labyrinth in Pittsburgh at La Roche University around 2001 or so. I have used a canvas labyrinth at retreats and workshops and in my studio. Recently, I became a Veriditas trained Labyrinth Facilitator. You...

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