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mlmm Sunday Writing Prompt: “If . . .”

TToT: autumnal equinox

mlmm tw 189: singing stones on the runish plain

TT 102: deconstruction

Mindfulness Monday: depression

I filled in for Wendy today using the theme she had chosen: depression.
A very apt exercise for me right now — looking for mindfulness quotes on depression

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“For me mindfulness is like building a house,

so, the next time the tsunami that depression is

comes, I’ll have a structure to resist it.”

Ruby Wax

“Regardless of how dark and downbeat

the places you may find yourself,

there always exists the potential

for another path.”

Richard Gilpin

“You don’t have to control

your thoughts.

You just have to let them

stop controlling you.”

David Millman

 Image: © Lorraine (filling in for Wendy; using the theme she had chosen)

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mmlm sunday writing prompt: prophylactica

TToT: serendip

9/11: 2018

Mindfulness Monday: perception

Wendy wasn’t able to do Mindfulness Monday this week, so I posted for her (after midnight so it’s really Thoughtful Tuesday?). I was looking for different themes, but realized that perception was woven through many of the quotes I really liked.
Wendy is alright; as you know she has migraine issues and that can make looking at the screen extremely difficult for periods of time. So, I filled in when she found she couldn’t quite finish her post for Mindfulnes Mondays.
Feel better, sis.

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“Piglet noticed that even thought he had a small heart,

it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”

A. A. Milne

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Dr. Seuss

“The moment one gives close attention to anything,

even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome,

indescribably magnificent world in itself.”

Henry Miller

Image: Lorraine 2018 (filling in for Wendy)

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TToT: breakfast

sunshine award

TToT: instances of pure joy

Mindfulness Monday: “Finding Your Self”

Wendy’s surgery went well, and she is recovering. But Monday wasn’t a great day for her, so I said, “what the hey” and I am back on that tao of healing again.

Picnic with Ants

“All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from

not realizing you already are what you are looking for.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Healing may not be so much about getting better,

as about letting go of everything that isn’t you –

all of the expectations, all of the beliefs –

and becoming who you are.”

Rachel Naomi Remen

“You wait a lifetime to met Someone

who understands you, accepts you as you are.

At the end, you find that the Someone,

all along, has been you.”

Richard Bach

image: © Lorraine; close up of installation “Birds Watching”, Jenny Kendler, from “Indicators: Artists on Climate Change,” Storm King Arts Centre, NY.

Wendy is fine; her recovery from surgery continues. She will soon be back to doing her Mindfulness Mondays.

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TToT: the senses (21.08.18)

Aretha Franklin: Think from the Blues Brothers Movie (1980)

“til the end of time”

ttot: road trip and other things

Mindfulness Monday: Miscellany

A miscellany of mindfulness, and Wendy’s update about her recovery.

Picnic with Ants

“Who looks outside, dreams;

who looks inside, awakes.”

Carl Jung

“You must live in the present,

launch yourself on every wave,

find your eternity in each moment.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Writing can be an

incredible mindfulness practice.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

image: © Lorraine (please do not use without permission)

I’d like to thank Lorraine for all her help during my recovery, she’s just the best!  Be sure to jump over to her blog and say hello.  Lorraine’s Frilly Freudian Slip

I wanted to give you all a little update on my surgery.  I’m doing very well, much better than I expected.  I’m able to do much, much more than I thought I would.  (Dr. Google was very wrong on that one)  I’m working on a post giving a proper update, I’m just slow going right now, but wanted to let everyone know that I’m doing very well, and thank you all…

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TT 96: secret garden, secret friend

Mindfulness Monday: Breathe

I’m helping my friend Wendy with her mindfulness mondays as she undergoes hand surgery and recovery.
In Tai Chi, we have done a lot lately about breathing — each pose, each move is coordinated to inhaling and exhaling through the nose. As TAi Chi is meditation in motion, breathing is a key factor to this quality.

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image; words Daniell Koepke

“Mindfulness of the breath is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful practices. Our breath is with us always and as we develop our ability to remember to focus on the breath, we can ride the breath  through many waves and storms in our lives. The breath will carry us and help us to be present for what is showing up, whether it is in people, situations or our own hearts and minds.”

Diana Winston and Greater Good Science Center

“Relax. You are enough. You do enough. Breathe extra deep, let go, and just live right now in this moment.”

Shunryu Suzuki

“Mindfulness is when you are truly there, mind and body together. You breathe in and out mindfully, you bring your mind back to your body, and you are there.”


De Quervain’s tenosynovitis in my left wrist/thumb earlier this year (

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