seeds of gratitude

seeds of gratitude

Practicing gratitude has many benefits. It has proven to be the most reliable method of increasing happiness. It reduces anxiety and depression. It lowers blood pressure and reduces the symptoms of illness. We feel better when we are practicing gratitude. How can we...
Gratitude 2020

Gratitude 2020

it’s gratitude month 2020. I asked myself how I would “do gratitude” differently this year. Then I realized that gratitude is humble and simple. It’s a reminder of the good things in life. I flourish because of support given me by other beings and the planet itself....
surfing despair

surfing despair

When I lived in North Carolina, a tree fell on my neighbor’s car. He was upset and hired some guys to cut down many of the tall pine trees on his property. I cowered in the house that day, cringing at the sound of the chainsaws and the toppling trees. It felt like...
You can change your mind

You can change your mind

My mind is my biggest playground. Since I am quadriplegic, there’s not much I can change about my body, how it works (or doesn’t), or what it does. My body slips like an otter into the pool of “things I cannot change.” I am left with mind and spirit as potential...
How (and why) to be more playful

How (and why) to be more playful

When we are in difficult times such as this one of pandemic and social turmoil, it’s easy to think that we should take everything very seriously. That’s not always the case. The National Institute for Play believes that play can dramatically transform our personal...