As we near the end of a tumultuous and consequential year, socially-distanced and avoiding large gatherings, now is the time to build a new habit…get quiet. It may seem strange to sit alone and ponder. For that matter, it may seem strange to sit alone and be quiet in your mind, to not think about… Continue reading End of the year thoughts on being quiet…
“The seeds we water grow.” -Thich Nhat Hanh Good self-care involves more than just eating an orange, showering, or brushing your teeth. It includes caring for yourself the way you would care for a child, with consideration and gentleness not just for your body but also for your mind and spirit. Mental health self-care is… Continue reading What is Self-Care?
Life is not a journey you want to make on autopilot. – Paula Rinehart There’s a challenge that most people face that we are often not even aware of. It’s being on autopilot. You can call it mindlessness or habitual reactivity, but it all boils down to moving through life without being aware of the… Continue reading Autopilot
“Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Laozi There is a Taoist parable called ‘Accommodating the Water.’ As the story goes, an old man was walking along a riverbank. The river was swift and powerful rapids led to a tall waterfall just downstream. Suddenly, the man stumbled and fell into the… Continue reading A Bone of Non-contention
“Sometimes you need to press pause to let everything sink in.” -Sebastian Vettel One of the side effects of continued self-care, if you’re doing it right, is that you gain more self-awareness. This can be both good and bad. For instance, I reflected on a meltdown I had 15 years ago with one of my… Continue reading The Importance of a…Pause
“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” -David Bowie I see every birthday as a blessing. I own my age and that has allowed me to step into the fullness of my life. I don’t deny a single moment of my life, the marvelous to the disastrous.… Continue reading 4 Ways to Live Agelessly
I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But what I can’t accept is NOT TRYING. – Michael Jordan I was in my mid-20’s when I decided to become an airline pilot. Even in today’s world making an edgy career change, as a woman, with zero education or training in the field, and the mother… Continue reading At the Risk of Failure
“Step forward into your life as you did when you were a child, when you believed anything was possible.” Vince Gowman Over the span of 33 years, my role as a commercial airline pilot has afforded me thousands and thousands of listening hours with individuals in and out of the cockpit. I’ve heard stories from… Continue reading You’ve Made It… Now What?
The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat, and feel are all related to our health. – Bernie Siegel, M.D. Has the thought ever crossed your mind how you can better control your own health and mental well-being? Did you know that your… Continue reading Commit to Living Healthy
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain Have you ever been distracted by a persistent thought? Have you ever noticed that it takes concerted effort to let go of distractions, concerns, or worry? I once knew a man who kept playing… Continue reading Can anxiety do harm?