Love Principle Number One: Spiritual Community The Power of Love:

The power of love can present individually, in our families, or in spiritual community. Love is everywhere. No man is an island, as the saying goes. We all have the innate desire to connect to the divine. Yes, we can worship alone. Yes, we can read the Bible alone. . . . → Read More: The Power of Love: Spiritual Community

Second Resolution: Treat Myself and Others With Respect


Respect is key to a  successful life. I happen to be a part of Respect Institute. Joel Slack is the founder of Respect Institute. All respect speakers have the option of signing up to speak at various local hospitals about beating the stigma of mental illness. Respect refers to a much broader spectrum of . . . → Read More: Resolution Number Four: Treat Myself and Others With Respect

January Resolution One: Create a Gratitude List

Gratitude List

Making a gratitude list remains one of the most healing things one can accomplish. The Christmas rush is over. The tree and the lights have come down. Thank you cards have been sent out. Families disperse for one more year, to be reunited again next Christmas. A new year is now up on us. . . . → Read More: January Resolution Two: Create a Gratitude List

Third Resolution: Have a daily encounter with Earth


Getting outside and making contact with the earth supports success, health, and vitality.

Exercise has a wide range of benefits including,:

Stress reduction: We all face stress. Exercise is a great way to manage tension, anxiety, and mood. Making contact with the earth while jogging or running is a great stress reliever.

Flexibility: As . . . → Read More: Resolution Number three: Exercise daily: Stay in contact with Earth

I Promise to have more contact with family members

family members


Yet another year has gone by with limited contact with family members. What’s my excuse? I don’t have time. I don’t want to hear about their challenges. I have enough of my own. Or , time flies and I forgot to contact them. Shame on me. Shame on me. Shame on me. . . . → Read More: I Promise to have more contact with family members

What is Your Christmas gift to the world?


What would you put in your Christmas stockings? If you had just four Christmas stockings to hang on the mantle, what would you put in each one? Perhaps one could be filled with the gift of love. Another could be the gift of compassion. Number three could have the gift of learning. And number . . . → Read More: Christmas Stockings

I promise to set limits for Myself

Set limits-for-myself

The new year is upon us. So which promises do you want to make for yourself so 2015 can be productive, happy, and fulfilling? I have four ideas. Each one fits one week of January.

* Set limits for myself

* Have more contact with family members

* Take better care . . . → Read More: I promise to set limits for Myself

Give the Gift of Love

The-gift-of-love Researcher Barbara Fredrickson has done extensive work on the health giving properties of the gift of love.  Giving love increases vagus nerve output. The vagus nerve runs from the brain to various organs in the body, including the heart. Dr. Simon Yu has a test that records the strength of the vagus nerve. Dr. . . . → Read More: Give the gift of Love

The Gift of Friendship friendship

Be grateful for friendship


Story: Rosemary Banayat Bennett and I met at the Saint Louis Institute of Music. We both studied piano and music theory under the direction of some outstanding teachers. I had very few friends when I was a teenager. School was socially challenging. I faced serious physical and mental . . . → Read More: The Gift of Friendship

Gratitude for family life.

Ten Low Cost Stress Relievers


November: A month of gratitude:

Week One: Gratitude for family life

Story: I have several wonderful student families. A few months after I started teaching Beth and Robert, their parents invited me to their home to share dinner with them. They have a heartwarming family tradition. Each night the . . . → Read More: Gratitude for family life.


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