Category Archives: centering

Puzzled

We ordered five 1000 piece puzzles and I opened one today to work on. Working a puzzle is like meditation. There is a box filled with 1000 pieces of chaos and slowly, through attention to color, pattern, shape, an order … Continue reading

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The winter of our discontent

It has been difficult listening to the news lately. While riding to and from work, I find myself turning it off in favor of some music or a food or science podcast. The results of the last election are still … Continue reading

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For no apparent reason

For no apparent reason, today I am feeling especially centered, open, compassionate. All my demons are quiet. Maybe it was the T’ai Chi at the lake that got the day rolling. Or my son finally resolving some difficult and thorny … Continue reading

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Sinking my teeth into t’ai chi

I was late to t’ai chi today, missing the warm-up. First I had misplaced my keys and spent some time searching for them. (They were underneath the magazine I was reading last night.) When I had driven practically the whole way … Continue reading

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“Today” by Mary Oliver

Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. … Continue reading

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Centering Beauty

Michael Gardener, ceramic artist.

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King Spa– surreal adventure

I’m really not quite sure how to describe it. It’s a little tacky, a little Las Vegas, the Disneyland of Spadom (as a friend of mine describes it), but at the same time an idyllic paradise. King Spa in Niles … Continue reading

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“READ YOUR ARM.”

A couple of years ago, my son got a tattoo. I was glad he didn’t tell me about it until after he had it because I would have been even more upset. There was really nothing I could do about … Continue reading

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Centered, accomplished, absolutely gifted

There’s something very satisfying about cutting my husband’s hair (almost as satisfying as shredding paper). It’s like organizing chaos, tempering the out-of- control, moderating commotion. The visual reward is immediate. Since he is pretty bald on top, it’s basically just … Continue reading

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Maybe the island is enough

Bedroom finished (well, almost).  The walls are painted. Sitting space in the bedroom formalized. A new rug on the floor. New light plates. Overhead fan dusted. File cabinets emptied and cabinet removed. Lots of trash thrown away– old bills; old notes … Continue reading

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