Seed Meditation

Complementary Therapies Series
Wellness House, Hinsdale, IL


Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00pm

This Seed Meditation evening is one of four different Wellness House evening programs being offered as part of a Complementary Therapies Series for those living with cancer.

Seed Meditation is an Expressive Arts tool used for calming the mind, centering our focus and enriching our creative spirit.

I welcome you to join me for this evening to learn more about Seed Meditationmindfulness, beginning a daily practice, and take part in creating a personal Seed Meditation.

The four evening programs are Emotional Freedom Technique, Reiki & Energy Work, Seed Meditation and Acupuncture. The programs are an opportunity to have your questions answered about complementary therapies available through the Wellness House that can help manage side effects.

With Sweet Grace.

Pieceful Creations

Where Mindfulness and Art Merge

Creating in the zone brings on an abundance of art that contributes to both pieces for sharing and pieces that go in the scraps or seconds pile. I’m happy to announce those art pieces from the seconds and scraps pile have been given a second life with Artfully Scrapp’n. You too, can repurpose your seconds and scraps! Most recently, with collaborative enthusiasm and co-creating with creative visionaries, the seconds and scraps are taking on yet another transformation – Pieceful Creations, a mindfulness practice for creativity, focus, imagination and meditation. Soon to come, a portal for submitting your seconds and scraps to Pieceful Creations for sharing with others locally and globally

Pieceful Creations – Process

Petal from a Bird of Paradise, body of a frog, wing of a honey bee, section of a totem, tulip from a fairy, heart  from gratitude, head from a flute player.

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tulip fairygift of the heartHopi flute playerpieceful creations











Pieceful Creations – Mindful Meditations

mandala and meditation

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Pieceful Creations – youtube videos

With Sweet Grace.

Embracing Mandala

Daily Practices for Body, Mind, and Spirit

doodle mandalasDoodle mini mandalas – in your journal, notebook, newspaper, current book…

Ponder mandalas around you in nature, architecture, community, clothing, food…

Observe mandala time, circular in nature – seasons, lunar cycles, birth/death/rebirth

Chant the mantra, I AM thankful for the wholeness of this moment

Integrate heart coherence for personal and global wellness

Gather with family and friends sitting in circle

Dance with family and friends in a circle

Laugh with family and friends in a circle

Create together in group a peace/unity mandala

Meditate using your mandala as a focal pointcircle of friends

Imagine yourself as a living mandala where your words, thoughts, and actions radiate out from your heart center and touch your family, friends, community and the universe

mandala journalBegin a mandala journal and observe repeating patterns, color, shapes, and symbols throughout the journal

Embracing Mandala Flier

Share the Embracing Mandala flier with family, friends and community.

Nature’s Sweet Grace.

Morning Meditation

Balance. Silence. Alignment.

Morning Meditation with Nature

In that deep space we find our inner wisdom, a place of balance and grounding. Our uniqueness allows us to stand on our own aligning with our soul’s purpose. In nature, scientist and nature enthusiast explain this one-legged standing phenomena as conserving heat (thermoregulation), fatigue reduction and standing equilibrium.

one leg heron

Portland, Oregon, licensed physical therapist and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, Julie Gudmestad, writes,  “Obviously, keeping your equilibrium in standing balances requires fine coordination of several muscle groups. But just as important as muscle training is training the mind to be focused, present in the moment and in the pose. Over time, balancing poses teach the mind to be centered, a benefit that spills over into the rest of your life, making you better able to concentrate at work, be present with your loved ones, and savor the experiences of your life.” Online Yoga Journal, Help for Standing Balances (Take a Stand).

Nature’s Sweet Grace.

Live (verb)

Enjoy Being Alive

be happy, delight, experience, flourish, love, luxuriate, make the most of, prosper, relish, savor, take pleasure, thrive  

(synonyms from

I came across live surfing the thesaurus. The definition stopped me in my tracks. Enjoy being alive. How often does one enter that space, or even experience that level of consciousness, in each moment? It’s not an uncommon tail for everyday worries or fears to weigh us down. To enjoy being alive is a daily practice.

We are living in an extraordinary time. Infinite opportunities and possibilities fill each moment. It’s up to each one of us how enjoy being alive plays out in our story. To help us on our way listen to Swami’s Four-Fold Path to Cosmic Consciousness (9:52 min). It’s found in print format on Swami’s blog. It’s sure to turn the edges of your mouth up and get the belly rumbling with laughter.

Nature’s Sweet Grace.

Enjoy being alive.

Feeding three little birdies – Body, Mind & Spirit

Nourishment for our Soul

As I look to nature for introspection and inspiration, three nestlings and a mother bird outside my patio door tell a story of nourishment that I’d like to share with you. Over the last week, the mother bird would leave to find food, then fly back to the gourd house to feed her nestlings, non stop from the time the sun rose to the time the sun set. The nestlings would pop their heads out once in a while eagerly waiting their next feeding. It was as if they were saying mom, come back, I’m hungry, feed me, feed me NOW! On many of the mother’s return visits, just as she was about to rest her feet on the gourd house opening, the nestlings would stretch their bodies out from the gourd house opening, with mouths wide open, vying for the first drop of food. Observing all this feeding activity I would wonder; out of the three nestlings, which one was receiving the most food, will I find a nestling on the ground from stretching too far out of the gourd house, how can the mother continuously do this non-stop, does she have an opportunity to feed herself?

three baby birds in gourd bird house

So let’s take the observation of the three little nestlings to the next step and give each nestling a name, we’ll call them Body, Mind & Spirit. You play the mother bird. Which one do you feed the most? How often? Is it a moment-to-moment daily practice? Is what you feed Body, Mind & Spirit nourishing and sustaining? Or is it short-lived and draining? Are Body, Mind & Spirit in balance? Or is one vying for the me, me, me and not the we, we, we? How far is one willing to stretch to experience growth? Are you taking care of yourself so you have the energy to feed Body, Mind & Spirit? Does caring for Body, Mind & Spirit come from an intuitive space of knowing and feeling from the heart?

three baby birds being fed

Nourish Body, Mind & Spirit and your soul will take flight into the great mystery of life!

Nature’s Sweet Grace.