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Friday Musings: Ritual

Friday Musings: Ritual

When I was very young and I didn’t feel well, my mom would make tea for me. It was just regular black tea, Lipton or Tetley most likely, in my favorite mug, with sugar and milk. There would be saltine crackers, sometimes with butter (that may sound weird) or Ritz crackers served on the side. No matter what it was that was ailing me, I would instantly feel better. Try as I might, I was never able to duplicate this perfectly amazing cup of tea on my own, so our little ritual continued long after I’d grown into an

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Friday Musings: Joyful Measures

Friday Musings: Joyful Measures

Back in February I wrote a post about working through painful situations and how much we learn and gain from the process. This was certainly not an original idea on my part since there are a multitude of self-help books that are dedicated entirely to the subject, and I must receive at least three emails a week that also focus on it specifically. The fact that pain is a powerful teacher is something that most of us have experienced firsthand at one time or another. It certainly does help us to see our own limitations,

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Friday Musings: Spinning Backward

Friday Musings: Spinning Backward

Those of you who know me personally, read me regularly, or enjoyed my horoscope series and planetary series know that I love all things astrological and astronomical. I have always wanted to write about Mercury Retrograde, that particular phenomenon that occurs in the heavens but also affects us so tremendously here on earth, but the dates never seemed to coincide with a blog post. Well, it just so happens that yesterday began a new retrograde cycle that will last until August 19th, so I now have the

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Friday Musings: Stillness

Friday Musings: Stillness

There is a moment that happens every morning when we first wake up, before any conscious thought takes over, when we know deep stillness. It may only last for a second, or a bit longer than that, but in that timeframe, however short it may be, we’re only aware of our existence and nothing else. We have both an open heart and a quiet mind. In the sequence of events that follows, it’s our emotions that hit us first, and we suddenly feel happy, or sad, or worried, or excited. The reason for those emotions follows

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Friday Musings: Demolition

Friday Musings: Demolition

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the song “Trouble Me” by the 10,000 Maniacs, in which I said that I thought it was one of the greatest songs ever written about relationships. One particular line in that post caught people’s attention, and I’ve had a number of conversations about it. I wrote, “Although our intentions may be good, keeping things that trouble us from the person we love will only end up

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