Trying not to be the Crazy-Halloween-Lady…

Halloween pumpkin carving

Each year my husband raises an eyebrow, wondering why – yet again — his minimalist wife suddenly festoons the exterior of the house in all sorts of Halloween bric-à-brac (and no, our house does not keep our neighbours up at night with flashing lights nor does it cause any traffic jams: my husband has managed to curtail that). Why do I become the Halloween Martha Stewart of the neighborhood? Let me take you back in time, as I attempt to answer that. My memories of trick-or-treating were from the 1970′s in a small town of less than 5,000 in northern Alberta. October 31st […] Read more »

Cocooning after a crisis…

photo credit: Br3nda via photopin cc

Confession time: I am a cocooner. It is my emergency off button, one that I use when I have given too much and need to pull inward and disappear for a while. Cocooning is the act of insulating or hiding oneself from the normal social environment, which may be perceived as distracting, unfriendly, dangerous, or otherwise unwelcome, at least for the present (WhatIs) Cocoon (verb): Envelop in a protective or comforting way (Google) Co·coon·ing: Retreat into the seclusion of one’s own home during leisure time, as for privacy or escape (The Free Dictionary) My friends know this about me. They know that in […] Read more »

A quiet place…

Original pencil sketch of forest scene, by author of beingtrulypresent.com

In the busy world we live, it is easy to keep going, going, going. So much to do. Pulled this way and that. Thoughts jumping to the next “To Do” on the never-ending list. But at what cost? Have we lost touch with what it feels like to be in the quiet? To slow down enough to hear ourselves? To take stalk of what is really important amongst all the doing? Take a moment to stare into this sketch. Imagine the silence. Hear your breath. Give yourself the gift of quiet.   “Quiet is turning down the volume on life.” – […] Read more »