Category: Mindfulness

Mighty Oak

Mighty Oak

Holding hands with a mighty oak. Allowing her strength and stability to seep into my bones through an ancient form of unknowable osmosis. Leaning in to be held by her, as she tells me how beautiful and safe letting go can be. She will demonstrate this again very soon as her leaves turn dark orange and begin to harden and leave from her; a process she must endure through each season of her growth. She doesn’t question if her leaves will return, or try to make sense of why they are gone again. Without any thoughts or attempts to control, she persists as she is and flourishes. She encourages me to quiet my thoughts, especially when they are an unnecessary form of suffering. Instead I can let go and trust the unfolding. 

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A Foggy Morning’s Mindful Reflection

As the morning sun climbs higher in the sky, and the settled fog that spilled over from The Ohio River becomes visible, I’m reminded of moments and seasons of uncertainty, and the ways I’ve reached for things to be either black or white, all or nothing.

In this foggy space, we often anxiously anticipate a clearing and miss the opportunity to spend time with the fog, getting to know its properties, allowing it to teach us valuable lessons like how to live peacefully in the grey.

→ Today’s mindful affirmation: I will create space and curiosity for the fog before it lifts again.


“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” – Gilda Radner

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My favorite app to start a mindfulness practice: Calm