Modalities

How to Say No

Generally speaking, people can’t say no to someone for asking them for something because they are so worried about upsetting the person or lack the courage to turn down the request. People often dislike disagreeing or believe saying yes is easier than saying no. Others can simply not…

New Directions: The Choice is Up to You

As a life/wellness coach the notion of choices is at the root of my practice as most folks who find me are in a quandary about the next steps to take on this journey we call life.  Some folks that see me don’t really believe they have any…

Choice: A Primal Concept

How far back in history does the notion of “Choice” find its origin? Obviously, that had to be an act of God or whatever Supreme Being you believe existed back then. Does God choose? Of course not! Isn’t God supposed to be spontaneous? So my question to you…

Starrdust: 2016 – A Choice of Translucence

2016 is upon us, and resolutions will undoubtedly be abundant. But what is a resolution but a choice?  And what is a choice without its due follow-through? “A choice without follow-through is but a lie,” some might say, and they would be right. Well, here is my resolution…

Silent Night/Holy Night

We always started our celebration of Christmas at midnight. My gift to family members and guests was their own personal ornament, which they each hung on our live tree with their own blessing. Afterwards, we would convene in the living room, where we watched the children open their bounty….

New Directions: Families, What a Red Hot Mess!

What a potential “hotbed” of emotions the word ‘Families’ can stir up especially around significant holidays.  Holidays that we have been led to believe should always have an expression akin to a Norman Rockwell painting or The Walton’s, an old television program fraught with Hallmark moments. For those…

The Family Within

The ancient notion of “Family” can be construed as a Universal term. It can range from a single household unit, a tribe, a nation, our solar System, our Milky Way Galaxy all the way into the undefined Universe itself. We also have families or species of animals and…

New Directions: Focus on the Gift

I have been contemplating “the word”, wisdom for this issue of Garden Spices, finding myself with mixed feelings about not only what to write but if I had the right to write about it at all – do I know enough? And if I did, what direction would…

The Wisdom of Deep Listening

“What?” seems a far-too-frequent question we ask each other. It seems that most of us are usually focused on our own agenda. Thus, we go about our daily lives only vaguely aware of what those around us are experiencing. Ever hear the advice “Wise up!”? Hmm. Let’s reflect…

Don’t Settle for Mediocrity

True success in life can only come by not settling for mediocrity. We should always strive to achieve and get the most out of life that we possibly can. It is only when we push ourselves and give it all we’ve got that we can then give ourselves…