Surrender: Death Meets Life in The Life of Death

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed or subscribe to our newsletter. Thanks for visiting!This year Aunt Rose died. I have meant to write about it – to write about death, how uncomfortable people in Western cultures generally are and we don’t talk about it and its rituals – I’m still formulating my thoughts on that but right now in my home, my fur… Read More »

Please don't let your dreams die.

Choosing Your Commitments, Sticking to Them and Sometimes Letting Them Go

Figure out your what and why and learn how to deepen your commitments

Unless a commitment is made there are only promises and hopes, but no plans. – Peter Drucker Every year I create a board filled with ideas and goals. It’s not a vision board per se but a poster-board filled with business goals, books I want to read, places to travel to and home projects. I like to complete this in the later summer. I ask myself what is it that… Read More »

Late Summer Early Fall Perennial Blooms

The perennial guide to late summer and fall blooms

Planting guide and loving the earth each and every day not just on Earth Day Every April ‘Earth Day’ comes around as some kind of celebration and I love our mother Earth who supports and nourishes us but I’ve given up on the fake holidays with good intentions. They are intended to remind us about whatever ‘holiday’ is represented but they are hollow and empty. We can’t celebrate the Earth… Read More »

Dogs in babuskas

Finding Kiki and Nerica

or How Kiki Adopted Us

or How Kiki Adopted Us It was heart-wrenching to lose such a joyful being that was with me through the thick and thin of it all. It’s almost tragic to know that it is likely that we will outlive our furry friends. So, after my dog, Chelsea died I waited 3 years before deciding to bring another dog into my life. Deciding to care for another life was a serious and… Read More »

What is that? spirit guides

What is that? Spirit Guides

Many people believe we are accompanied throughout our lives by etheric or other dimensional beings known as spirit guides. Some people have unquestioning faith in them and have some concrete ideas about who they are, where they come from and other things. I’m not saying their existence is absolute, nor am I saying they exist at all. You are the decider. You have faith in them or not. I’m merely… Read More »

Six meditation myths demystifed and debunked: Separating fact from fiction

Six Meditation Myths Demystified and Debunked

What comes to mind when you typically think of meditation? Most likely in your mind’s eye, whether you practice meditation or not you might envision a prevailing stereotype – a person sitting cross-legged on the floor, with eyes closed, hands in a mudra and chanting Om. That is not really untrue for many people who practice meditation, but it is not necessarily true either. There are different forms of meditation… Read More »

Early to Mid-Summer Perennial Bloom Succession

Early to mid-summer perennial blooms in your garden

A perennial planning and planting guide

It’s cold today, not the cold of the peak of winter, but a chill is in the air. It’s overcast. I’m dreaming of a lush early summer garden with blooms. The time is drawing near to plant containers and beds in the Northern Hemisphere and that is why I’m sharing this guide here today with you. Originally I published an article on bloom succession that covers all seasons so people… Read More »

human biofield or energy field

Sound energy healing obstacles in the face of understanding

“Alternative Healing” and trying to make sense of how sound heals Shamans, monks, priests and many different healers – even those unaffiliated with a group – have known intuitively through the centuries that sound heals or naturally puts us into the state of mind to allow healing to happen organically. There are many ways sound can enter the body and the expert teachers and masters who know the ancient techniques… Read More »

Musical notes on paper vintage

Solfeggio scale and frequencies

The Solfeggio scale is a six tone scale. You can think of it as a scale that uses syllables, for instance do-re-mi…etc. which we translate today as c,d,e…etc. It was a vocal scale and later more tones were added to it. The Solfeggio scale uses the frequency of 432Hz as its base pitch which means A is tuned to 432Hz (A=432Hz). Today the current tuning standard the musical note A… Read More »

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Sound energy healing, the ‘mechanics’ of so​und

Human beings know a lot about sound and the mechanics behind it. Yet, science hasn’t come to any real solid measured conclusions on how sound directly works on the energetic and physical bodies we house or how it heals them. There are theories, data, some known facts and like any subject, our knowledge continues to expand but we still don’t really know. Luckily, new discoveries are being made all the… Read More »

What is a sound bath? Conscious Life Space

No water required: Sound baths, singing bowls, and sound energy healing

A sound bath sounds deliciously relaxing and you don’t even really have to ‘achieve’ anything. If you haven’t heard about a sound bath before, we’ll look at what it is, how they are created and how they relax and heal us. No water required The most important thing that you need to know is that when you do ‘take’ a sound bath, the only thing you have ‘to do’ is… Read More »

mid-spring and later spring bloom succession conscious life space - 9 perennials

We made a perennial plant guide to mid-spring to late spring blooms for your garden

In this article, we give you the dirt on which perennial blooms to plant for continuous blooms throughout mid-spring and late spring. Keep reading for all the details. Mid-Spring Flowers and Later Spring Flowers One of the best things you can do for your health is to dig in the dirt, plant flowers and enjoy the sensory delights flowers and plants bring to us. The colors, the fragrance, textures of… Read More »

Three ways to reduce stress naturally - yoga, meditation and plant supplements

3 Ways to Reduce Stress: Rejuvenate & Restore Your Body Naturally

The therapeutic effects of yoga, meditation and CBD oil

Stress impacts the young and old. Periodically stress simply reminds us that we’re alive. But perpetual and unending stress does a number on us and can result in a mood or anxiety disorder. No one is immune in our modern life as it appears to place demands on us that can become overwhelming and create stress and anxiety. We can find ourselves living by rote and unaware or even sink… Read More »

Gratitude Shmatitude! Don't just think it, do it! Book on how to practice gratitude

Gratitude Shmatitude on Kindle

Don’t just think it, do it! That’s my basic advice to people who are interested in living a thoughtful life. How can gratitude make you more thoughtful? Well, practicing gratitude can actually force you to be more conscious and aware because life isn’t always as fun or delicious as a scrumptious delectable bowl of chocolate ice cream – or whatever your fav flav is – topped with almonds or sprinkles.… Read More »

beeswax wrap from cerawrap

What are beeswax wraps?

Learn how organic fabric infused with beeswax naturally became the next best thing in the kitchen since sliced bread.

Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about beeswax wraps, an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wrap. If you are one of those people who marketers call early adopters, you probably own a few beeswax wraps. But if beeswax and wraps sound a little weird to you and you just raised your eyebrows, then keep on reading because you might be quite surprised. What are beeswax wraps? Beeswax wraps are… Read More »

Homemade Brownies

Let the festivities begin with Snowball Cookies and Beyond Chocolate Brownies

You can make these delicious easy to make treats and bring them to your holiday celebration or make and give them as gifts to friends and family. Here are two favorite recipes – cookies that look like snowballs with delicious ingredients including almonds and butter that make these cookies melt in your mouth and one of the most requested and beloved recipes that I’ve made for friends and colleagues throughout… Read More »

Utkatasana Chair Pose Yoga Asana Conscious Life Space

Yoga is as Simple as Taking A Seat: Chair Pose

Utkatasana or Chair Pose There are a variety of yoga poses that you can practice that stimulate and benefit many parts of the body all at once. One of those poses is Chair Pose. In Sanskrit, the language of yoga, the pose is called Utkatasana (OOT-kah-TAH-sah-nah), but it does not translate to mean “chair pose.” It actually means “fierce pose.” Utkata means intense or powerful. We combine utkata + asana… Read More »

fear embodied with angels feet upon the shoulders of the fear

Overcoming Discomfort: Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your comfort zone. Eating vegetables for many people, for example, brings discomfort. So does sitting in meditation, or… Read More »

Science of Gratitude Audio Documentary

If You Read One Article About The Science of Gratitude Read this One

Since the turn of the century, the science of gratitude has become a topic of interest amongst neuroscientists, psychologists, and social scientists. Neuroscientists have been studying how it rewires our brains, and psychologists and social scientists have been studying gratitude trying to understand its impact on our well-being. They’re putting all the data together proving that it improves well-being by reducing anxiety and stress, as well as, increases empathy, inspires… Read More »

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It did what? Proof Positive Studies on the Science of Gratitude

Three Tidbits a Ramble on the 3 Hs

It’s all in the science, gratitude – it’s good for you. It makes your life better. Here are a few tidbits or studies on the science of gratitude, the actual benefits of practicing gratitude and why it works to enhance our lives. Tidbit One: Gratitude Increases Well-being The science says that gratitude is uniquely fundamental to our psychological well-being. It’s scientifically documented in this study this published study done in… Read More »

Thank You Neon Sign by Ryan McGuire

Saying ‘Thank You’ Makes a Difference

This month as we explore gratitude, Lisa A Williams from the University of New South Wales shares her study and results on the power of thank you. Do you say thank you? Are they empty words or do you mean it? More than words: saying ‘thank you’ does make a difference Most of us were taught that saying “thank you” is simply the polite thing to do. But recent research… Read More »

Children's Health and Wellness

Indoor Air Quality, Here’s how to Improve it!

Do it for the Sake of Your Children's Health and Yours

Do your kids seem to catch every cold that goes around or suffer with sniffles and sneezes when pollen counts are high? By improving the quality of the air in your home, you can keep your children healthier. Here is important information on how to help your kids feel better and stay well. There’s something in the air. Even though you can’t see them, there are tiny particles in your… Read More »

Remembering History, A Ritual and a Blessing: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving: Remembering History, a Ritual and a Blessing

In North America, Thanksgiving is celebrated in both Canada (the second Monday of each October) and the United States of America (the fourth Thursday each November). For some it is a day to remember to be grateful, to slow down and spend time with family. For others, it is an empty holiday where overindulgence and gluttony remain the order of the day. For others still, it may be a hurtful… Read More »

learning another language can enhance your life

Change your mind, change your life! The benefits of learning another language

or Why learning another language should be compulsory in every school!

In the 1960s, in our public schools in California along the border with Mexico, Spanish language-learning was a requirement, beginning in sixth grade. I couldn’t wait to get to sixth grade to start learning Spanish. Our school was more than 50 percent Mexican-Americans, and I was keen to understand them as they switched back and forth from fluent English to fluent Spanish (or, as they called it, ‘Mexican’). As I… Read More »

Deja Drewit's Self Care Inspirational Cards

Recharging Your Mind, Body, and Soul

The effortless way to self-care (tools to use)

Recharging is essential for your mind, body, and soul and if anyone out there is suffering from burnout, it’s time to take control of your time and make time for yourself. Here’s how I went from exhausted and depressed to letting go of struggle and creating a daily self-care practice. Exhausted & Depressed When I was a new mom, I quickly became totally exhausted and depressed. I had abandoned taking… Read More »

No man can cross the same river twice - Heraclitus

What do Heraclitus and Pablo Casals have in common?

Wise words from two wiseguys!

In the past, the quotes and affirmations pages of this publication might’ve inspired you or maybe you haven’t even found them yet? Either way, I like quotes, they help me to remember some important things and they can teach us things that we haven’t known before. So, I’ve decided to start a regular 4-6 week posting featuring at the minimum 2 but maybe 3 (some people only have 1 good… Read More »

reclining and relaxing, taking time for self-care in open air

Here’s Why Self-care is Essential!

Four easy steps to improve you! (p.s. it helps others too)

Take Care of Your Mind and Body with Self-care It’s unfortunate that the word “self-care” sounds so much like selfishness since the intent is exactly the opposite. Self-care is a chance to spend some time focusing on your own needs so that you can then be recharged and reinvigorated physically and mentally to help others both at home and at work. Here are a few tips on how to help… Read More »

Painting of a sad woman holding her head in her hands by artist Amy Adams

Don’t worry about feeling sad

on the benefits of a blue period

It’s startling that Broder’s unabashed expression of sadness – and all the shitty emotions – has struck such a nerve in a world where people’s social media profiles are immaculately curated to show their happiest selves. But clearly the growing rates of depression worldwide mean that we are struggling to be happy. Are we doing something wrong? Broder’s popularity should compel us to cast a new look at sadness and its cousins. Perhaps we should consider realigning ourselves with the Romantics, who as a group found solace in freely expressing emotions in poetry.

vast open sky photo by Chuttersnap

Vast Open Sky, a Meditation Practice

The Practice of Vast Open Sky Vast open sky is a meditation practice, keep reading to learn how to practice it. Body like a mountain Breath like the wind Mind like the sky ~Tibetan Meditation Instruction A number of meditation traditions have practices that are a dropping of the ego into wide-open awareness. I’d like to share this kind of practice with you because it is one of the most… Read More »

Original art by Robin Reynolds

Middle Aged White Women, a poem written & performed by Robin Reynolds

This week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Reynolds on the Conversations Podcast. Robin is a Manager and Engineer who is a scientist by day and an artist and poet by night. She performed her spoken word poem Middle-Aged White Women. The message is multi-faceted, yet, at the core, we learn that ‘What you see is not what you get.’ You can listen to the poem here. Scroll down… Read More »