Turquoise Revealed

In several cultures, December has been associated with the crystal Turquoise.  From geologists to jewelers, miners to healers, ancient cultures to modern collectors, people from all over the world have long been captivated by Turquoise. This name originated in medieval Europe, where traders from Turkey introduced the blue-green gemstones as an exotic luxury. Although the stones were obtained from the Continue Reading →

Emotional Alchemy

In 2001, the term “emotional alchemy” was used by Tara Bennett-Goleman to describe a way of helping reframe and release negative and disturbing emotions.  She brought together the practices of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness with insights from cognitive therapy, psychotherapy and brain science to help people release themselves from mental and emotional habits that prevent them from being happy.  Let’s Continue Reading →

Lightly In The World

Quote to Ponder: This came across my desk from a friend.  It is entitled, “Lightly”. Aldous Huxley was the renowned 20th-century intellectual who wrote the book, “Brave New World”, a dystopian vision of the future.  Later in his life he came to regret one thing:  how “preposterously serious” he had been when he was younger. “There are quicksands all about Continue Reading →

Careful What You Wish For

Birthday cake and candles, four-leaf clover, first star at night, turkey wishbone and Harry Potter’s magic spells are just some of the ways in which we have learned to cast our wishes and hope that magic brings them into reality.  People wish for all sorts of things – for themselves and others. Some wishes are for good things, some for Continue Reading →

Reflections and Affirmations

Summer is a time when we give ourselves permission to slow down and take a breather from the hectic pace of daily life. What a great time to just let yourself ponder, meditate and reflect upon things that might otherwise be too time-consuming to consider. Sort of like day-dreaming. When the mind is still, we have a chance to be present and open Continue Reading →

That 11:11 Thing

The subject of numerology can be quite intriguing.  There are those who maintain that numbers do have meaning and influence in our lives. There are others who are not convinced of any relationship with numbers. The generally “superstitious” numbers, such as thirteen and triple six are given an ominous meaning, while numbers such as three, seven and eight are considered Continue Reading →

The Positive Gifts of Failure

The headline in the Sunday Province paper read:  Failure isn’t such a bad thing, study reveals  (Linda Blair, January 28, 2018 p.B6).  Really?  Isn’t failure damaging to your self-esteem and sense of self-worth?  Isn’t it something that can damage you for life?  It seems that researchers have discovered that this isn’t necessarily so. Our failures can help us succeed – Continue Reading →