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dickens’ dublin: Loreena McKennitt

TT # 63: the healer

mlmm wordle, bonus holiday edition: the healer

Tale Weaver #151, Christmas Edition: Molly’s Gift

I am so proud of Wendy and her ability to “practice” this selflessness. As always, I can learn so much from her.
Thanks, Wendy, for sharing this post. It is a relevant now as a year ago!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Mudita recently and thought it was worth a look back at this post I wrote last December.  I realized that practicing mudita has freed me from the heartache that often came when I couldn’t do what others could (that’s not to say that I don’t still feel that heartache sometimes, I do, but not like I used to).  A friend of mine is planning a trip to Italy, a place I always wanted to go, I was a little surprised that I was not the slightest bit envious of her, I’m genuinely happy that she gets to experience this, and I can’t wait to hear every detail.  I can feel her joy, and it fills my heart.

I hope you enjoy this post from the past.


“Mudita is a word from Sanskrit and Pali that has no counterpart in English. It means sympathetic or…

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when magic still dwelt: the pond

Mindfulness Monday – Balance

Balance! Yes, I need that in my life. I am working on it with Tai Chi, and trying to be more mindful. Shutting down — done that a lot lately.
The image is gorgeous Wendy. You have such an artist’s eye for photography!

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“Life is all about balance.
You don’t always need to be getting stuff done.
Stometimes it’s perfectly okay,
and absolutely necessary,
to shut down,
kick back,
and do nothing.”

~ Lori Deschene

“Balance is the key to everything.
What we do, think, say, eat, feel,
they all require awareness
and through this awareness
we can grow.”

~ Koi Fresco

*photo by w. holcombe, please do not use without permission.

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mlmm photo challenge: quadrilaterals

tt 62: Roxanne

the asking/going price

mlmm It’s All in the Tittle: Happy Anniversary? . . .

100 WW 48: wildwoods


Mindfulness Monday – Giving

Wonderful image; mindful thoughts. Giving the gift of giving.

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“Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.”

~ Lao Tzu

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

*artwork created and owned by W. Holcombe, please do not use without permission.

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Christmas My Way – Redux

This is a wonderful, thoughtful, heartfelt post. Wendy is one amazing, awsome, incredible, compassionate wise woman.

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I posted this last year and I just read it again.  It made me happy.  I hope it makes you happy too.  This year, it’s Christmas my way again.

christmas-treeWhen I was 30 Christmases as I had known them changed forever.  That was the year my mother died.  Everything changed that year.  When the matriarch of the family dies the traditions die with her.  We tried to keep things alive, we had Christmas at my sister’s house as she had the only grandchild, things weren’t the same, but they were still nice.

Then there was a falling out between me and my niece.  Well not a falling out really, she got mad at me and refuses to be in my presence.  There isn’t much I can do, not that I haven’t tried, I have.  I could speculate all day what has happened between the two of us, but at this…

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mlmm wordle # 180: he(r)gemony*

mlmm tale weaver #148 dust: “all we are is dust in the wind”*

Mindfulness Monday – 14th Dalai Lama

Thinkfulness Mondays (filling in for Wendy): thankfulness; appreciation; gratitude

Wendy wasn’t feeling up to it, so I filled in for her on Monday. This really is a post about thankfulness and thinkfulfness. How gratitude is what we should celebrate today, between turkey, pie, football and movies. Gratitude for the big and little things in our lives.

Picnic with Ants

Wendy chose the theme: thankfulness; appreciation and gratitude to highlight what a Mindfulness Turkey Day should be. Of thankfulness for what we have tangibly, but most importantly, for those intangibles: the fairy dust; the miracles; the possibilities; grounded in our moments; spreading hands and hearts. Appreciating the touch of a hand; a donation to a food bank; thankful for the moment with friends; aware of the needs of others; and appreciation on the need for us to help.

This Saturday is giving Saturday at my local library. I am thankful I am able to provide some tangible help: toys and books for children and clothes for their mothers.

Wendy has a nasty migraine making working on the computer right now feel deadly, so I stepped in to help – what are friends for? Please send her messages of support as she deals with yet another round of migraines, cluster headaches…

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mlmm tale weaver 147: kaleidoscope of joy

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