She Has a Lot of Muscle!: Why My Mom Does Yoga and What is Good and Not-So-Good About That – by Emmeline (age 9)

I had planned to blog about contentment today, but I find that I need to work on my own contentment a little before I talk to others about it.  So, instead, I asked a guest blogger to fill in…. My mom does yoga daily so she has lots of muscle! I think yoga is a good way to exercise because you use lower and upper body stengh. I also do yoga sometimes with my mom when she lets me. As I was saying was that its good exrasize and you get stronger and heathier! A bad thing is if you … Continue reading

Yes, I do have a Diet. No, I am not Dieting.

To steal an opening from 82% of my public speaking students: Webster’s Dictionary (or Wikipedia) defines diet as “food and drink regularly provided or consumed.”  So, this means that however you eat, whatever your patterns are, that is your diet.  If you mostly eat orange food from a box/bag/carton/jar (kraft mac n’ cheese, cheetos, oj, cheese whiz, queso dip, doritos) then you have an orange diet.  If you primarily eat fruits and vegetables in their natural form, then you have a raw food diet.  If you do not eat any animal products, you have a vegan diet, and so on. … Continue reading

The Pleasures and Perils of Competitive Spirit: Doing all the Right Things for all the Wrong Reasons

Competition is negative when we wish to defeat others, to bring them down in order to lift ourselves up. ~ Dalai Lama For as long as I remember, I’ve been troubled by competition.  Even as a small child, I felt bad when someone lost, because I believed that it made him/her feel bad.  I also felt guilt for winning.  Yet, even while I have and do experience these conflicted feelings, I did grow up in a culture that places a high priority on competition, individuality, and winning.  And ultimately, at the bottom of things, I am a competitive person.  This … Continue reading