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How Will You Serve Yourself?

The world reflects back to you how much you value yourself.
-Danielle LaPorte
So... how much do you value yourself? What will the world reflect back to you? How will you serve yourself today?

Learning to Breathe Three Minutes at a Time

Meditation has always been somewhat of an enigma to me. I know a lot of people make it a regular practice and I have tried to meditate with little success and little return. I just didn’t get it.

Recently I read Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life by Karen Maezen Miller (I highly recommend this book, by the way) and in it she spoke of meditation in a way that made it sound easy. Her method is simply to count your breaths—inhale one, exhale two, inhale three, and so on—until you get to ten. If you lose your place, start over at one. If you get to ten, start over at one again. It is a practice in focusing on breath.

I gave it a try. The simplicity of it appealed to me. It was something I could do anywhere, anytime. I did it while washing dishes one day. In that moment there was nothing but me, the dishes, and my breath. What surprised me the most was that was enough. Miller encourages focusing just on what is in front of you. Her method of meditating helped me do that.

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First Day of Spring

It is the first day of spring.

Which means gathering handfuls of flowers...



trees budding...



birds frolicking...



or maybe just a good ol' snowball fight.



Happy spring from frosty New Jersey.