Transform Your Mind Through Silent Meditation

Silence is a powerful inner resource. One way of observing silence is by refraining from communicating through words or gestures, and opening your awareness to the interconnectedness and unity of all that surrounds you. When I observe silence, I feel great solace and calmness. Silence alters my perceptions and makes order out of chaos. This is called silent meditation. The practice of silent or mantra meditation is another way of being silent. It allows you tap into that silence between your thoughts for greater access to your true Self. Lessening the chatter and quieting the mind is needed to be able to tune-in and listen on a deeper level. Sparks of inspiration, creative potentials, and happiness are found in the silence. Observing silence, known as Mauna in Sanskrit, is a way of transforming the mind. I enjoy leading and attending

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Baby Boomers

Whenever I tell a baby boomer friend I’m writing a book, BANDSTAND DIARIES, about the Regulars who danced on American Bandstand in its Philadelphia heyday – 1957 to 1963 – I see a big smile appear. Fans of the daily dance show distinctly remember the names of teens like Arlene and Kenny, Bob and Justine, Carmen and Ivette, Frani Giordano, Carole Scaldiferri, Pat Molittieri, Billy Cook and the rest of the Regulars who danced and romanced across our grainy black-and-white television sets. This was the first time in American history that teenagers were so prominently featured for young and old to enjoy. And the one question on everyone’s lips is “Whatever Became of…?” That’s what I set out to answer some three years ago when, through the magic of Facebook, I was able to contact Arlene Sullivan. I told her

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Ordinary Women of the World: Our Unsung Heroines

In honor of Fahmia Alfoith This 2016 International Women’s Month finds our half the sky, half full and half empty. But today, we want to focus on the “half full” as we celebrate and enjoy the extensiveness of women’s lives and rejoice on the extraordinary accomplishments of their ordinary existence. As mothers, daughters, sisters and friends, women are the caregivers, the teachers, and the healers of sick bodies and broken spirits. In the arts, they are the beauty behind the inspiration. In science, sports, and leadership women are as indomitable as men in the pursuit of their lives’ purposes. To men, women provide a safe harbor and the light of wisdom to reach their deepest dreams. To communities, women supply sustainable roots, energy and hope. In the world, they are its soul and peace keepers, planners behind the scenes and

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Begin Again – Creating the Passion

One of the biggest elements in my ‘begin again’ has been a focus on creativity. I’ve discovered my creativity is a crucial piece of me. It needs continual nourishment to keep me alive. By alive, I mean balanced, happy and functional. Creativity is my passion and life force. So how do you keep your passion alive when you are forced to work at a forty hour a week job that sucks the life out of you? For me, it’s about fifteen minutes a day devoted exclusively to my creativity. I know it sounds absurd, but I was astounded by how much I can accomplish in fifteen minutes a day. Last year, I did a six month experiment. Every morning, right after I showered, I sat down at the dining room table, set a timer for 15 minutes, opened a notebook

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The View That Keeps On Giving

When I first walked onto the terrace of what is now my home, overlooking the marina, the Intracoastal Waterway and the mighty Atlantic Ocean, I gasped. I could not believe the view that lay before me. Eight years later, I’m still gasping and pinching myself to see if this is a dream. When I finally catch my breath, here comes a whoosh of awe. Then, I surrender to a warm wave of gratitude. Sometimes I shout out to the Creator. Other times I just sit on my pillow in silence and revel in the magic I just beheld. As a rush of light climbs over the sea, I frantically grab my camera and do my best to capture this phenomenon that is the sunrise. My heart fills up and I harvest my photos onto the computer to share. This beauty

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Color My World

Have you ever wondered why the colors you see emotionally move you as with a sunset or “speak” to you when choosing colors to decorate your home or add to your wardrobe? Have you ever gone to the market like I have and find yourself deciding what to buy by the color? Color is an energy vibration that changes us. How and why? Color is a universal, silent and soulful language. Colors contain information and convey different messages. Colors communicate. Society has used colors for social order where red means stop or danger as in “red alert”.   Green means go, yellow caution. Black can be elegant or express mourning. Colors may move us emotionally or spiritually like a beautiful sunset or breathtaking landscape. Colors also have the ability to heal while helping individuals reduce stress, and promote calm relaxation and

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Women’s Wellness and Empowerment: An Inspired Perspective

Just last week, I was watching a public television broadcast about the women’s movement in the 1970’s, and was incredibly struck by how much positive transformation we’ve seen in the last 40 years. While I certainly do recall those days, it’s now hard to relate to a time when we were so personally and culturally disempowered. Fast forward to 2009 and the Vancouver Peace Summit, when the Dalai Lama made his now-famous quote: “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” This is thrilling, not just for women but for our world: in just a few decades we have created a global culture which recognizes the extreme imbalance of male/female energy that has existed for many thousands of years, and the serious problems resulting from this imbalance. I’ve often reflected on the Dalai Lama’s invitation to us, and here’s

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Begin Again – Welcome to My World!

Have you ever dreamed of ditching your life and beginning again? Six years ago, I did just that, walking away from a reasonably successful law career in New York. Why? For me, it was the only possible choice. My life in New York left me burnt out and miserable. Every morning, when I woke up, my first thought was “I hate my life.” I knew if I didn’t make some real changes, I was looking at a lifetime of unhappy. I couldn’t let that be an option. I moved south, to Charlotte, NC where I had two acquaintances. That was ok, it was comforting to know there were people I could call for the name of a restaurant or a doctor. My alone-less forced me to be proactive to find my people. I had to step outside of my comfort

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The Realities of Relocation: Crisis and Opportunity

The influence of “place” on our psyches is a dynamic influence for each of us. Whether the serene beauty of a forest in the morning, the energizing pulse of a city at nightfall, the cozy clutter of a parlor in a fire lit colonial home or the clear Zen-like atmosphere of our home office, the impact of “place” upon our mind, body and spirit is enormous yet often simply perceived as a context we take for granted—until we relocate. We can attach to a place we call home and seek to remain there under all conditions. We can light upon a place for a time and then feel compelled to move on. There are the absolute demands of relocation for the sake of work or relationship and times that relocation requires a temporary (or permanent) separation from partner or family

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