Fingerprints in a heart shape

Practicing Open Heartedness

I’ve been making Valentine’s with my daughter Gretta who is obsessed with hearts.  She is drawn to anything with hearts: heart socks, heart cereal, heart stickers, heart hair clips.  Gretta might be one of the most open-hearted and loving people I know, so her affinity to hearts isn’t shocking. What does being open hearted mean?  When you are around someone …

Boy yawning with hands up (black and white image)

Be More Awake for Your Life

The cold, gray days of January in Iowa are always challenging for me.  It sometimes feels impossible to practice contentment, keep my heart open, and my attitude positive.  Yet the hum of dissatisfaction certainly distracts me from accepting the reality of my life and creates distance from the present moment, which right now happens to be January. Ben and Jerry’s …