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Stop. Breathe. Relax. Repeat.

Stop. Breathe. Relax. Repeat. posted on Aug 13

“I just relax my body, unscrunch my face, unclench my jaw, breath and smile, and that’s all I need to get the world in order again.” – Leo Babauta Right now, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, pause for a moment – just a   …Continue Reading Stop. Breathe. Relax. Repeat.

Your Peaceful Place

Your Peaceful Place posted on Jul 16

Where do you go to de-stress and find peace? You know, that special place that relaxes you, refreshes your mind, body, and spirit, and makes your heart sing. For some, it’s a room in their home; for others, it’s a quiet place in a park   …Continue Reading Your Peaceful Place

Being in the Present Moment Restores Inner Calm

Being in the Present Moment Restores Inner Calm posted on Jun 18

When we rush around from activity to activity, phone to computer to TV, and website to website, we miss the joys and simple pleasures of what’s right in front of us – animal- shaped clouds, running into an old friend, or a wild turkey in   …Continue Reading Being in the Present Moment Restores Inner Calm

Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables

Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables posted on May 14

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” – Thoreau There’s something satisfying about digging in the cool earth and getting your hands dirty. Feeling the soil, tending to plants, and   …Continue Reading Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables

Drink Tea, Find Peace

Drink Tea, Find Peace posted on Apr 2

There is nothing more relaxing to me than sipping a cup of hot tea. No matter what life throws my way, smelling the robust aromas and breathing in the soothing steam bring an immediate sense of calm and peace. Drinking tea requires me to slow   …Continue Reading Drink Tea, Find Peace

Realizando tareas simultáneas no es productivo

Realizando tareas simultáneas no es productivo posted on Mar 13

Piensa sobre lo que te encuentras haciendo en este preciso momento. ¿Te estás enfocado solamente en la lectura de este blog, o estás simultáneamente chequeando tus mensajes de texto, navegando por la web, y comiendo? Con la tecnología hoy en día al centro de nuestras   …Continue Reading Realizando tareas simultáneas no es productivo

Listening to the Birds Sing

Listening to the Birds Sing posted on Feb 27

Think about where are you right now in this moment. Are you fully concentrating on reading this post, or are you simultaneously checking your text messages, surfing the web, and eating? With technology at the center of our lives, and all of the other distractions   …Continue Reading Listening to the Birds Sing

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine! posted on Dec 12

“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby When was the last time you had a good laugh? You know,   …Continue Reading Laughter Really is the Best Medicine!

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy posted on Nov 14

We tend to feel like we’re measured by how busy and productive we are. Why are these terms the gold standard of our value, and what if we measured our productivity and success in other ways – say by the quality of our relationships, our   …Continue Reading The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

Lee: ¡Los libros son buenos para tu salud!

Lee: ¡Los libros son buenos para tu salud! posted on Oct 3

Hay algo especial al sostener un libro de papel y tinta en las manos. Me encanta la sensación y el olor de las páginas, y el hecho de que no hay un resplandor proveniente de la pantalla del computador o del teléfono. Es sólo el   …Continue Reading Lee: ¡Los libros son buenos para tu salud!