There is Something to This

wellness-natural-stateThis blog is a place to discuss whatever comes up.  It will include health and nutrition, since I am currently studying to become a health coach; it will cover all the questions and thoughts on spirituality that plague us all in our daily lives;  some parenting issues may get brought up and of course I will talk about all the things I love in the world i.e. books, products, photography, food, etc.  I feel like I am a pretty well-rounded soul with lots of interests and really, I think we all are.  We also change and evolve over our lifetime so what you are interested in today can certainly change in a month or a year.

Today I need to discuss an issue I keep facing in my life.  Maybe all of you can shed some light on this for me.  I want this to be a forum where we can discuss and help each other out. It is new right now and I know sometimes it is intimidating to share but please do!  There is no one else who thinks just like you do, who will say something exactly like you or who has had the exact same experiences.  So share, share, share!   What you say here may be just the a-ha someone else needed to hear, which is exactly why I want to write it in the first place. Continue reading

Life Itself is Grace

Grace

I am in a constant state of learning.  How, you ask?  It is through books that I learn so much.  I have had a love affair with books since I could first read.  I love books almost as much as breathing.  It has become worse over the years and these days I have a serious case of ADD with my books.  I am reading about five at any given time.  This makes my husband jump for joy because he loves when I have my reading light on in bed every night.  Well, not really.  In fact, he gives me a new quote every night about why the light should be off.  I so wish I had written them down over the years because that in itself would be a great book!

But as usual, I digress.  I did have a point with all this.  My point was that last night reading Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive (so excited to have the opportunity to meet her next month!) I came across this gem of a quote by Frederick Buechner: ” If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.  In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Continue reading

Could it Be True?

newbornIn a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?. ”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” Continue reading

The Rabbi’s Gift

Monastery

I heard this story in a workshop I did over the weekend and it really resonated with me…

There was once a monastery that had fallen on hard times.  It was once part of a great order which, as a result of religious persecution in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, had lost all its branches. It was decimated to the extent that there were only five monks left, the abbot and four others, all of whom were in their seventies.

Deep in the woods surrounding the monastery was a little hut that the rabbi from a nearby town used for a hermitage. One day, it occured to the abbot to visit the hermitage to see if the rabbi could offer any advice that might save the monastery. The rabbi welcomed the abbot and commiserated with him. Continue reading