Browsed by
Author: Steph Marks

Today is a New Beginning

Today is a New Beginning

Are you feeling tired? I am. Some days it is difficult to get up and face the reality that is now. So what do you do? You get up. You smile. You put one foot in front of the other. You do whatever good you can do. You speak a kind word. You reach out to those in need. You treat yourself with kindness. You do whatever good you can do. That is all that is required. For. this. day….

Read More Read More

Season for Non-Violence Day 6: Simplicity

Season for Non-Violence Day 6: Simplicity

It seems our lives have become more and more complicated. We have a modern convenience for almost everything, but we’re busier than ever. Sometimes more important things get lost in the shuffle. I am slowly but surely coming to the realization that less truly is more. In my life, less stuff brings fewer distractions. I am paring down, releasing what I no longer need whether physical, mental, or emotional. It isn’t always an easy process and yet I find it necessary….

Read More Read More

Season for Non-Violence Day 5: Believing

Season for Non-Violence Day 5: Believing

Listen to yourself. Listen to the words you say. Do you believe them? Do you practice them? I love this Gandhi quote, and it is so true. “To believe in something and not to live it is a lie.” It’s worth taking time to take a look (or a listen) to your words compared to your actions. And while we’re on the subject of belief, let’s talk about non-violence. If you believe in it, do you practice it? In action?…

Read More Read More

Season for Non-Violence Day 4: Caring

Season for Non-Violence Day 4: Caring

I don’t care. Have you ever uttered those words? Often the words “I don’t care” are spoken in anger or frustration and may not be true at all. Sometimes “I don’t care” is more of an attitude than a statement. It is an underlying thought that colors action. Perhaps nowhere is it more prevalent than in how we care for ourselves. We hear a lot these days about self-care, in fact, last February I did a series on the subject….

Read More Read More

Season for Non-Violence Day 3: Appreciation

Season for Non-Violence Day 3: Appreciation

2-4-6-8, who or what do you appreciate? No, really. Think about it. We’re all so crazy busy these days, and it’s easy to forget what we have. Family and friends who love us. A home to go to at night. Perhaps beloved pets. Our health. A hobby or talent you enjoy. No big deal, right? But do you really appreciate the people and things in your life? Maybe things aren’t perfect. Do what you can to fix that. But in the…

Read More Read More

Season for Non-Violence Day 2: Smiling

Season for Non-Violence Day 2: Smiling

Smiling? Non-violence? Really? Yes. Have you taken a look around? There are a LOT of frowny faces looking back at you or more likely, not looking at you at all! Are people really that unhappy? Angry? Deep in thought? Smile at them. Um, why? They might punch me. Unlikely, but they just might smile back at a friendly face. You rarely know what’s going on with someone else when they’ve got that frown going on. Do we assume they are…

Read More Read More

Season for Non-Violence Day 1: Courage

Season for Non-Violence Day 1: Courage

Your life. Is it bold? Is it daring? Is it brave? Courage. Its root word is cor which means ‘heart’ as in from the heart. That takes the edge off the bold and daring part but brave, maybe we can keep. Ah, but courage. BWA-HA-HA I am a scaredy cat. And that has taken a toll on me. As I grow older and see missed opportunities, I am saddened. That scared business has kept me from speaking out, from standing up, from doing work I…

Read More Read More

Here Now or There Then

Here Now or There Then

Where are you?  I am not talking about physical location. Check in. Where is your head? Your mind? Your thoughts? Your heart? I love my morning meditation practice. Today was no exception. I love the richness of the silence, the depth of the stillness that surrounds me as I sit, breathing in and out. Intentional. On purpose. I would love to tell you that in meditation my mind is laser focused on that breath — in and out — and…

Read More Read More

Don’t Do It!

Don’t Do It!

The end of the year is a great time to to take a look at where you are in life — to pay attention to what asks to stay and what begs to go. The beginning of the year is also a great time to do this. And so is today. We don’t need a special occasion or holiday to look at where we are in life and decide if it’s where we want to be. Today is as good a…

Read More Read More

Want Change? Do Sh*t Differently

Want Change? Do Sh*t Differently

I don’t like living this way! OMG, how many times did I say that to myself the last couple of months of 2015? Hell, I even wrote it on my whiteboard. Must have been some serious sh*t happening there. And what was it all about? Things that the year before I said I was going to do differently. And here I was doing the same damn thing … again. I made a Facebook video recently in which I ventured, “if you…

Read More Read More