hugging, parallel footsteps

Healing Touch

Are you getting your daily touch needs?  Paul Zak, aka Dr. Love, recommends at least eight hugs a day to be happier and enjoy better relationships. I know from first-hand experience how powerful touch can be. I grew up in a family that didn’t touch much or demonstrate love physically. Thankfully, in my 30’s I…

Sacred seeds, Awesome Stories

Awesome Stories 210

This week Awesome Stories brings you sacred seeds, magic giving, doing nothing, wind farms and hugs. Sacred Seeds Seeds are literally what bring us life, feed us and keep life on earth thriving. What could be more sacred than bringing forth life? This fun post is filled with poignant quotes and beautiful photos reminding us…

restorative justice, love, connection

The End of Tough Love

The End of Tough Love Johann Hari wrote a wonderful article about Portugals’ alternative approach to drug addiction. Studies show that punishment (tough love) rarely works for addicts, rats or inmates. One of our most human needs is to be connected socially. Unfortunately most current approaches for both crime and addiction use methods that isolate…

listening, connecting, tuning to the divine

Listen UP!

Are you listening? Listening is a key aspect to healthy and supportive relationships. It is one of the ways that we demonstrate care, compassion and connection with another person. I’ve always been a pretty good listener with people, but I might need more practice on my listening-to-spirit skills. If you want some good practical tips…

friendship, connection, meaning

The Gift of Connection

Connection can open up new vistas, feelings and spaces for love. This post is dedicated to my friends, online and off. Thank you to my friends and readers for caring enough to connect. Friendship is such an ordinary, yet profound experience. I realized after talking with my friend Dave that I felt much better than before…

Being, grace, connection

Simply Be

More and more, I feel the most profound experience we can have is to simply be. Yes, we are here in bodies to create, love, touch and connect. And underneath these needs and desires, I believe we yearn for the profound connection of simply being. When I think of my nephew and nieces, I want…

9 Habits for Thriving

A friend of mine, Dave, talks about fostering flourishing in his life. This got me to thinking about thriving. What does it mean to thrive in our life? We are both talking about living beyond survival, where we tap into our inner greatness in order to bring out our best. I believe that our best is usually…