Eulogy for Grandma Harriet

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My son Benjamin Gluck wrote and read this beautiful eulogy at his Grandma Harriet’s funeral, who passed away this week. Always love, Allison Eulogy for Grandma Harriet As the cliche goes, you never know what you have until its gone. But what if you do in fact know that you have something important, and when […]

Change Your Entire Life with this Simple Technique from Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s Kind of Amazing!

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“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh I was visiting a friend in New York City this past weekend as we discussed various elements of all things spiritual.  Discussion of teachers, techniques, paths and so forth culminated into […]

This New Year: Practice Presence, Gratitude, And Compassion

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Embracing the New Year will likely be no different for me this year than last or the one before that. With one exception. I intend to improve upon my practice of mindfulness, gratitude and compassion.   In the past; resolutions, goal setting, promises and plans generally resulted in nothing more than dissolved resolutions, broken promises […]

Life as a Conscious Practice

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˜Everything is practice. ~Pele When we learn a martial art, or ballet, or gymnastics, or soccer  we consciously practice movements in a deliberate way, repeatedly. By conscious, repeated practice, we become good at those movements. Our entire lives are like this, but we are often less conscious of the practice. Each day, we repeat movements, […]

The Joy of Blessing Everything

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You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you. –Sarah Ban Breathnach In […]

The Power Of Words

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Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. -Buddha Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. —childhood rhyme   I am in the midst of the days of awe…the 10 days of the Jewish New Year, […]

Let’s Be Kind To One Another

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Recently I had someone tell me that their boyfriend sometimes made them feel like the ugliest person in the world. Keep in mind this person was a beautiful, almost 50-year-old woman who looked much younger. That pretty much broke my heart. I told her that no one should ever make her feel that way and […]

Joy Is Peace With Wings

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I love that my friend Teri calls me the Joy Lady. I don’t think she could give me a nicer compliment than that. To me joy is a reverent state of being. It goes beyond peace. I like to say that joy is peace with wings. Peace is nice. But joy… joy soars (think of […]

The Science of Loving-Kindness

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Right at the very beginning of my meditation practice I was introduced to both mindfulness of breathing and the development of loving kindness meditation. It was explained to me that both of these practices were equally important, that they were complementary, and that alternating these practices prevented imbalance in our approach. It was stressed, in […]

Understand Your Role In Preventing Domestic Violence

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Here are some things you can do, on both personal and community levels, to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. On a Personal Level: Believe survivors. Don’t blame victims. Educate yourself on violence against women by learning the facts and the prevalence. For example, did you know most sex offenders aren’t strangers? Eighty-six percent […]