Cutting the Tie – Saying Goodbye to Alcohol

There is a book, I haven’t read it but know of it, called Cutting the Ties That Bind by Phyllis Krystal. I bring this up because for decades, freeing ourselves of the false security, the shadow of dependency on another person, thing or condition is a common malady brought to therapists who help others let go…

My Alcohol Addiction – My Story Now.

As I look back on different blogs where I share my thoughts and feelings on my journey of life, as well as thoughts and feelings on my journey as first a Student, then Practitioner, then Master/Advanced Practitioner of Reiki – I notice that within each blog I’m sharing exactly where I’m at – what aspect…

Thank You – For Those Who Follow My Blog!

Blogging sometimes feels selfish…..because I’m putting my everything out there to share but not reciprocating by involving myself too much in the vast world of bloggers. I’m not the best at following other’s blogs because I tend to isolate – yet I’m learning with Reiki that I need to start to bring the world to…

An Unoriginal Blog on Intellect and Emotion

Does intellect inhibit emotion?  Do emotions inhibit intellect? Does intellect suppress the ability to express emotion and do emotions suppress the ability to rationalize with logic and sound reason? There is an entire world of grey in-between intellect and emotion. There is nurture vs nature, subjective expectations, self-interest vs altruism, left brain vs right brain…

Confidence

As I sit here in the Toronto Pierson Airport on our way to British Columbia, I’m people watching while sipping a Tim Horton’s coffee and thinking about confidence. As all of these people of many different cultures walk by, I wonder? Who has confidence? Who feels safe within themselves? Who feels self-assured because of their…

Anxiety – The Antithesis of Personal Connection

I’ve blogged about having anxiety and depression and my past reasons of an adult life managing both.  I’ve blogged about how my anxiety as shifted and changed over the years, meaning personal growth to overcome one area of anxiety to then bring forth another layer. How sometimes medication works, like it is now and other…

Surviving vs Thriving

Today as I settle into day seven of my Spring Break Staycation I am drawn to write. I realize that it has taken me this long just to settle into a home vacation.  Yes, while this is a decision to relax at home, and truthfully I can’t bring myself to spend money on another trip…

Sunrises And Snowflakes

I love early mornings.  This time where I can sit without expectation.  My thoughts this morning are of sunrises and snowflakes.  I like that.  These thoughts of extraordinary beauty in simple things. Sunrises. And snowflakes. S, xo  

Marlow

This is a difficult blog to start.  This is one that had to wait until my heart was ready.  My heart still isn’t quite ready, but sometimes with grief, going through it is the only way. On February 18th, my beloved dog Marlow, my loyal companion for 14 years died in my arms.  We had…

The Joy of Children

“Children are not things to be moulded, but people to be unfolded.” ~ Jess Lair This quote describes perfectly those moments during my day when I connect with a child and see them as the little person they are in their joys, struggles, hopes, and hurts while they find their way each day as they…

A Morning of Gratitude……Kuwait.

As the sun rises over the city, my mind slowly wakes up while watching it ascend, bringing with it the noise of the start of a busy day.  Sipping the free in room instant coffee, I find myself in a thinking mood.  I have today off because in America today is Thanksgiving.  And here I…

It’s Official – I’m in Menopause! The Craziness IS Real!

When I returned from Canada, after six weeks of weekly Reiki treatments there, I felt refreshed, strong, resilient, confident.  Ready for a great year ahead! After a month I started to feel tired.  More tired than usual.  My resilience faded.  My confidence slowly diminished.  My moods bottomed out.  Some mornings it took everything I had…

Travels With Giggles the Joyful Grump!

Travel makes me look at myself in how I handle my moods, my behavior because I’m in so many new and different situations. Traveling has wonderful moments. But arriving at any given destination requires planning, organization, patience and a little luck because nothing NOTHING ever goes as planned.  No matter how well organized I think…

Managing Anxiety and the Mind of Choice

It’s an odd thing, that moment when I realised at any given time I can make a choice to keep me safe and avoid anxiety.  I’m not talking safe to avoid anxiety as in deciding not to walk, alone, through a dangerous neighbourhood at 2:00am, safe. I talking about that inner feeling of safety because I’ve…

Managing Anxiety -The Space of No Mind

I’ve been managing anxiety, with bouts of depression, since my late teens.  I’ve had many years of talk therapy, had good years and difficult years, been on and off the merry-go-round of medications; and am presently off of all medications with a decision to stay this way.  This is not an ‘I advocate anti-medication stance’ statement. Medications helped me…

Thinking About Intelligence

I’ve taken an honest look at my thoughts, my self-talk.  I’ve thought deeply about self-acceptance. Accepting who I am and all the personality traits, habits and quirks that make me, me. My next line of self-analyses has evolved into thinking about intelligence. This evolved naturally because I work at a school with an enhanced curriculum. My…

Letting Go of Ghosts While Stepping Fully Into Who I Authentically Am.

Remember that light bulb moment I blogged about when my brain short circuited in the kitchen telling me that my thinking and what I tell myself about myself, not a person, place or thing outside of myself will save me from sinking while trying to adapt to all the changes in my life of moving to the Middle East? Well…..since that…