Breathing Essentials

This article originally appeared on the Support4Change website, and is reposted here.

As we grow and change, we must retain some flexibility to help us deal with new situations.

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One of the easiest techniques to encourage both images and relaxation is use of the breath to quiet the mind’s chatter.

When I was first introduced to imagery techniques in 1977, the instructor talked about breathing “properly,” implying that the way I was doing it wasn’t correct. However, she didn’t then go on to explain the why’s and wherefores of the “right” way. Since I was clearly benefiting from my imagery work, I assumed the specific breathing technique wasn’t a big deal after all. Read More

Diversions, Number 18: Step Onto the Edge of a River

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

18 - Crooked CreekThis week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Step Onto the Edge of a River.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

  1. Online version. Read “Step Onto the Edge of a River” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.
  2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

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Your Next Stage of Growth

This article originally appeared on the Support4Change website, and is reposted here.

As we grow and change, we must retain some flexibility to help us deal with new situations.

I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.     —Pearl S. Buck

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Is there anyone who doesn’t admire a beautiful seashell? When we find them washed up upon the shore after a storm, it is as though they are gifts from God, a legacy of the sea creature’s life. These multi-colored, elaborately designed former homes of living creatures grace a special place on a bookshelf, brighten simple bowls, and are made into jewelry. Read More

Diversions, Number 17: The Happiest Man in the World

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

16 - Arizona painting skyThis week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “The Happiest Man in the World.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

  1. Online version. Read “The Happiest Man in the World” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.
  2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

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Pick Your Battles Carefully

This article originally appeared on the Support4Change website, and is reposted here.

The idea for this article grew out of a compromise I made which is, as my assistant reminds me, the “nuts and bolts” of marriage.

Ivy vineLines are drawn in every marriage. Sometimes our positions are relatively unimportant and scratched in sand, where they can be easily erased and moved. However, basic values and principles on which we won’t compromise are chipped into cement. Getting us to budge on those requires major reconstruction. But sometimes we—especially perfectionists—can draw non-negotiable lines over insignificant issues because we need to be in control. Unfortunately, we often don’t know until we’re in the middle of a disagreement the kind of position our loved ones have taken—or how strongly we, ourselves, want to defend our opinion. Read More