Wabi-Sabi and Haiku

Have you ever heard of Wabi-Sabi? You might think it’s something to put on sushi and it does sound very similar to wasabi, but it’s not. The definition In the Wiklipedia says…. “In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as […]

Spring and the Cherry Blossoms

Spring has fully arrived and the sweet buds of the season are bursting into bloom. I’m seeing them everywhere I go. It’s such a breath of fresh air to know that the stillness of winter is behind us. This is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worth celebrating. When the sweet buds […]

Haiku and the breath

Haiku has a way of taking you away from the worries of the world and ground you in the present moment. It is sometimes referred to as “one-breath poetry” which means it can be recited between the in-breath and the out-breath. In a brief moment it can take you away from the cares of the […]

Happy New Year!

The New Year is a time of new hopes and new beginnings. This special tick of the clock motivates us not only to celebrate, but also to step outside of our day-to-day activities. It’s a time to reflect, take stock, look back, assess how we did, and consider how we can to do better.  Throughout […]

The Spirit of Giving

It’s December! And you know what that means… The holidays are upon us !I know some people who love the holiday season and others who loath it. I have mixed feelings about it — sometimes I’m totally into it, and other times not so much. This year is different, it will be less social and […]

Transformation and Change

When you hear the word “transformation” what is the first thing that comes to mind? The first definition in the dictionary is “a marked change in form, nature, or appearance” followed by similar ones. Transformation can also come from the inside of us when we change how we view the world or go through a […]

Having a Gratitude Practice

Gratitude: Such a simple, yet powerful and important part of life. The list of health benefits of being grateful, and expressing thanks for big and small moments, is endless. I became more aware of the benefits of being grateful some time ago when I discovered the positive effects it was having on my mental health. […]

Awaken your senses with the joy of mindful cooking

September has arrived! I’m excited and thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to be the resident poet for Marmalade + Kindness. I received a lovely email in the middle of July from the founder, Adamantia Velonis asking if I would be interested in being interviewed. After a few emails back and forth and […]

How to bring more JOY into your everyday life

What brings you the most joy in life? Joyful moments and happiness is what everyone wants and once we find it, we want to keep it and hang onto. Joy is an emotion that lifts you up and takes you to a place that feels good. I picked “JOY” as the theme for June because […]

Haiku and the five senses

The five main senses are some of the most important tools that we use to perceive the world. They are sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. We see with our eyes, we smell with our noses, we listen with our ears, we taste with our tongue, and we touch with our skin. Our brain receives […]