Mindfully Remembering That the Present Moment is All We Have

Mindfully Remembering That the Present Moment is All We Have

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Yesterday, a member of my husband's networking group suffered a massive heart attack. John was at the group's morning meeting and had just given a [...]

Inspirational Life Lessons: How to Live & Die

This is a hard post to write. Last weekend I had a joyous Thanksgiving with my very large family. The next morning, I joined another family to mourn and celebrate an exceptional woman. Her name was Peggy and she died at age 66 from ovarian cancer. Peggy and I served on the Pathways Women's Cancer [...]

Six Truths I’ve Learned About Resilience

Six Truths I’ve Learned About Resilience

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. John Updike What does surviving every moment teach us? Quite simply, that we are resilient. If you're like me, you've had your share of challenges. Cancer is certainly up there on the list, but it's not the only entry. You've been around the block [...]

Summer’s Over! Time to Face the Next “New Normal”

The time is finally here! Our daughter is off to college and we're facing yet another "new normal."  Because this week has been devoted exclusively to spending time with her, I didn't make time to write a new post. Instead, I thought I'd rerun the piece I wrote last year entitled "What the Last Weekend of [...]

Meditation Monday – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs

Meditation Monday – “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs

Although I try to focus on the gifts of cancer, its losses are eternally present. The death of Steve Jobs is a momentous loss from cancer – to his family and to the world. We have lost a genius, innovator and leader. As a fellow cancer survivor, I am stricken by the reminder of how [...]

Reliving the Fear of Cancer as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Reliving the Fear of Cancer as Hurricane Irene Approaches

Talk about an uninvited knock at the door! Last week, while I was trying to practice the “Gracious Declining” meditation practice of visualizing a rambling thought as an “uninvited salesperson, knocking on your door,” we had an earthquake, hurricane and a few small tornadoes here on the East Coast. I have to admit that the [...]