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Mindfulness 101

My deepest gratitude to the Dover-Foxcroft Public Library for making this talk and article possible. As Kim said when we were setting up the talk, “Seems like we all could use some mindfulness (and its benefits) now more than ever!!!!”

Allow me to give you basic tips on living mindfully and meditating.

Audiobooks are NOT “Fun Stuff!”

As Mel Abraham says, love what you do because you’ll be recreating it for the next 5-10 years minimum. Selling books is job which requires you to handle the same material a gazillion times. Are audiobooks fun stuff? To record, yes. To listen to someone else’s, definitely. To edit your own? The jury’s still out…

How Yoga and Meditation Make Life Better for Seniors and Caregivers (GUEST ARTICLE)

There is so much is to be gained from yoga and meditation, and science is taking notice. In fact, these ancient practices are getting more attention than ever, as some studies show the mental and physical benefits are both important and measurable. You can improve heart health through improved circulation, lowered heart rate, and reduced blood pressure. People with arthritis can improve joint health and reduce inflammation, and those with back pain often experience relief within days of beginning a regimen. Symptoms of asthma can be reduced, stress levels lowered, risk of depression lowered, and it can boost your mood for a more positive outlook on life.  It’s a great way to improve strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance, and there are even indicators that you can lower your risk for dementia.

Wreath Making 101

I believe most Mainers’ first word is “yup.”

For Downeaster’s, their first word may be “wreath” or perhaps “tips.” “Downeaster” denotes those who come from the 2 southeastern counties along our coastline of Maine, Washington and Hancock counties. Wreath-making is often a family event, and I’d guess balsam sap may very well run through their veins…

I spent almost 2 months making wreaths and like many Mainers, can now spot the difference between a bad or “Canadian wreath,” and one made by an experienced maker. 

Maine Leaf Peeping

There’s a delicate balance of people/nature, city/rural life here in Maine. As more and more Mainers pass along tips of their favourite “secret” getaway spots, I’ll keep sharing them with you! Happy fall season and a Blessed Samhain/All Hallows Eve to you!

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