Learning to Ride a Bike and Drive a Car

In my neighborhood, one family is teaching their 5 year old daughter to ride a bike, and my next door neighbors are teaching their 17 year old son to drive. Watching these rites of passage play out, I am touched by the devotion that both sets of parents are...

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Prayer for Musicians

We all feel a strong connection to music, but have you considered that music and sound are the world’s oldest medicines? Ancient healers used music to cure illness and help people regain spiritual balance.  Music continues to play a key role in healing -   let’s look...

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There is a change in the quality of light and sound as March opens;  the month of April grows closer.  My morning walk in the park today with Winky, my little dog, revealed an amazing display of natural resilience.  The tree branches have buds on them – just this...

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We Were Made for These Times!

For the first time in the 6 year history of my blog, I am reprinting a post written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, forwarded to me by a frienx who described it as an “…extraordinary call of the heart…not only is it worth reading, it’s worth reading aloud – so you hear it...

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The Gift of Self-Compassion

One of the ways we can help ensure ourselves of a happy old age is build self-compassion. In people who have learned self-compassion, studies have shown them to have less anxiety and depression, increased psychological strengths and positive emotions, a greater ability to forgive, and an increased ability to navigate difficult life events. Since our lives consist of successes and failures, self-compassion gives us a “soft place” to land each time we fall. It puts our mistakes and failures in perspective.

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Life Lessons from ‘Five Minutes to Live’

Many of us are old enough to remember witnessing the explosion and fall to earth of the space shuttle Challenger as it unfolded 30 years ago. Others of us may have seen the unforgettable video of that event; either way, the image of the spacecraft’s smoky fireball...

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What are Noetic Sciences and Why Do They Matter?

In 1971 a U.S. Navy captain and aeronautical engineer named Edgar Mitchell was on a mission to the moon, called Apollo 14, with a team of fellow astronauts. America’s space program was a technological victory of historic significance and many new discoveries in space...

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Becoming Disabled is Part of the Human Life Cycle

Most of us are not born with a disability, but we are almost guaranteed to experience being disabled sometime during our lifetimes. A disability can come in the form of a badly broken leg, as my husband recently experienced this year, or an injury related to a car...

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Your Voice, Your Choice, Your Ceremony

One of the best parts of being a celebrant is the variety of people I work with across a wide range of special ceremonies, rites, and rituals. Here’s a small sample of the milestones I have helped people honor in the past two years: • Officiated at four weddings in...

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About Elaine

I love teaching and my personal mission has revolved around the roles of teacher, writer and coach. I first worked as a therapist in alcohol/drug abuse counseling where I learned the meaning of holistic health – we cannot seperate the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of an illness if we are to help create the conditions for getting well and recovering.

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