Archives for May 2010

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support its  effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But while we may acknowledge being grateful has many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for thankfulness to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just something we express at Thanksgiving. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And … [Read more...]

Look Within to Find Your Way Home

Do you recall the characters from the Wizard of Oz? They all thought something was missing from their lives and they just had to find the missing piece ... Dorothy dreamed of finding her way home to Kansas The Tin Man thought he would be happy if he only had a heart The Scarecrow believed he would be happy when he had a brain The Cowardly lion thought he would find happiness with some courage Just as a lot of us do, they all were looking for answers outside of themselves.  And is most often the case, all we need is already is within our reach. The characters in the Wizard of Oz thought they didn't have what they needed to be happy. In case you need a gentle reminder from your friendly wizard about what it … [Read more...]

Honoring Women Who Blazed New Trails

Anna Marie Jarvis campaigned to establish a day honoring mothers following the death of her mother, Ann Jarvis.  A small service was held on 12 May 1905 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Anna's mother had been teaching Sunday school.  But the first "official" service was held on May 10, 1908. Ann Marie then proceeded to get Mother's Day established as a U.S. national holiday, and later as an international holiday. The holiday was declared officially by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of states soon followed quickly. And as we approach this special day set aside to honor Mothers, I can’t think of a better time to also pay tribute to women and highlight some of the innovative, … [Read more...]