How to do nothing

Meditation is hard. I’ve read books, had tapes, taken two classes on meditation. But being able to breathe deeply and not let thinking take over is difficult for me. My brain just likes to stay busy. I have practiced meditation sporadically for more than 30 years. But I never managed to make it a daily … read more How to do nothing

Sticking to it

There seems to be a conspiracy afoot to keep me from my goals of losing weight, painting my sketched concepts, and writing a book. Just in the last four months, my brain blew up. My shoulder froze. Big projects at the cabin need supervision. I signed up with an unhelpful self-publishing program. And now the … read more Sticking to it

Thought replacement

Seems like every day I hear about something that someone replaced. Hip replacement. Hair replacement. Or they replaced their stove, their car, their bathroom. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could go to the doctor, or the store, and get thought replacement? Old thought: I’m so fat. New thought: I really enjoy eating, good thing that I’m well-off enough … read more Thought replacement

10th Anniversary

I’ve often used the old line, “It’s easy to quit smoking! I’ve done it a dozen times!” That line, though, actually gets to the core of why I kept smoking for so long. I’d quit, then six months later I’d figure that I had smoking kicked – and I’d have “just a puff.” To really truly quit, … read more 10th Anniversary