Today’s Delicious Poem about Mindfulness

Experiencing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary What do a bunch of dogs sniffing each others’ butts and the poem Mindful by Mary Oliver have in common? Oliver’s poem is all about paying attention to and being moved by the small, perhaps, quiet occurrences of every day life. And, dogs? Well, they appear to me as the grand masters of mindfulness, and taking in the ordinary as absolutely extraordinary. Take the photograph of these hounds relishing in the common and important experience of sniffing each others’ butts. Add onto that the photographer’s (that would be me) moment of delight in watching … Continued

Today’s Delicious Poem About You

Discovering Hidden Treasure The following gem of a poem by author Derek Walcott literally fell out of a folder that I was going through in a mission to declutter my filing cabinet. I couldn’t help but smile as I read it, recalling how earlier on that same day, I had placed a tiny replica of a treasure chest next to the chair in which I begin my sessions with clients as a somatic psychotherapist.

Today’s Delicious Quote on the Secret of Change

Look Towards The Future Rather Than The Past How is it that a simple text message, sent by a good friend and containing a wise quote can crack open a dark mood like when a cute dog sits on your feet? Well, maybe it’s not quite as good as a the weight of a chubby black lab pup, but one of the things that I enjoy most about modern technology (i.e. the smart phone) is the choices it provides me to quickly resource and regulate my nervous system when life bonks me over the head unexpectedly. This gem from the … Continued

Today’s Delicious Moment Of Play

The Healing Power of Play I do not think I have ever refused an invitation when the opportunity to engage in some good old-fashioned play is up for grabs. Take the above moment between Arlo the dog, a grandmaster of play, and myself hanging upside down from a swing. Many of my clients are so busy keeping their heads above water on a daily basis, that they lose touch with the impact of what just five solid minutes of play can have on the body, mind and spirit. One of my roles (and personal super powers) is to remind them … Continued

Today’s Delicious Quote By Musician Nick Cave

Standing In Any One Place For Too Long For those of you who are fans of rocker Nick Cave, here is a phrase from his song Jesus of the Moon that gave me a moment for pause this morning: ‘Cause people often talk about being scared of change But for me I’m more afraid of things staying the same ‘Cause the game is never won By standing in any one place for too long And, this amazing musician is playing live at the Warfield in San Francisco tonight, and tomorrow night. Check him out, and ROCK ON. Warmly, Nicole Passion. … Continued

Maintaining Vitality by Expressing Yourself

Keeping The Channel Open Inspired by my yearly ritual of seeing the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater (a must see if you are asking me), enjoy these wise words for the day by renowned American modern dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham. “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good … Continued

Bring Aimless Love To Valentine’s Day

Wise Sentiments From A Beautiful Wordsmith… Aimless Love by Billy Collins This morning as I walked along the lakeshore, I fell in love with a wren and later in the day with a mouse the cat had dropped under the dining room table. In the shadows of an autumn evening, I fell for a seamstress still at her machine in the tailor’s window, and later for a bowl of broth, steam rising like smoke from a naval battle. This is the best kind of love, I thought, without recompense, without gifts, or unkind words, without suspicion, or silence on the … Continued

Getting Unstuck By Taking Action

A Beloved Hombre Says… “Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.” — Eckhart Tolle Today’s Fun Challenge – yep, that’s right, I said fun – that you absolutely can do… Go out and take action today to do something different to change habits and create movement in an area in your life in which you feel stuck. Pay attention to … Continued

How Small Shifts in Behavior Can Change Your Life

My clients often say things that make me grin like the Cheshire Cat… this is a good thing for those of you who are wondering. I am not referring to the revealing of a deep dark part of a person’s past, or a breakthrough that will let the sun shine in. No doubt these are indeed crucial therapeutic moments. The Cheshire Cat comes out when a client says something so utterly unique to them as a person that I am moved in a deeply heartfelt way. Moved, and inspired and utterly grateful that I do the kind of work that … Continued

Beat The Seasonal Blues

Do the shorter days, colder temperatures and pounding rain make you to want to shovel mashed potatoes in your mouth? Does your ability to focus plummet to the level of a four-month old puppy? Does your bed beckon to you as if it could speak? You are not alone! If you answered in the affirmative to these questions (I surely did), you may be amongst the many whose spirits plummet as the fall days get darker and shorter. Clinical speak for this is SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I like to refer to it using the more commonly accepted phrase of … Continued