Linda Bloom's Articles (92)

Learning from the Donkeys

At the end of our lives, the most important question is “How well did I love?” Intimacy is so often contained in the ordinary moments, a lingering gaze, a brief touch, a hug, a gentle word of encouragement. We have all had many poignant moments in our lives, to others, they may look ordinary, but because they touched our heart so deeply, they were magical. With intention and commitment, we can create many more of these beautiful moments.

 

Nasrudin is a mythical figure from…

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Added by Linda Bloom on November 24, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Keyes to the Secret of Life

Loving each other without losing ourselves is every couple’s task. The challenge is to cultivate the ability to love another while simultaneously honoring our own truth. Some find it easy to meet the needs of others, adept at giving love but have trouble receiving. Others are preoccupied with their desires. Those with opposite tendencies attract each other. It’s a piece of work to become proficient in both realms. Ken Keyes says the secret of life is “sticking with…

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Added by Linda Bloom on November 17, 2017 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Harmlessness

Reflecting on the word harmlessness, we can begin to discover what that word means to you. The guided visualization, inspired by Wayne Muller, is a powerful commitment to live a life of non-harm, which is enlivening to relationships. When we are challenged to make decisions about how to best proceed in our relationship, we can run our decision through the fine sieve of harmlessness and our relationship is likely to thrive as a result.

 

Once we imagine the depths that we can…

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Added by Linda Bloom on November 1, 2017 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Feeling down? Consider this.

The tendency to withdraw from painful experiences is a deeply embedded pattern. There are advantages for staying present for discomfort. The antidote to suffering lies not in the elimination of pain, but in our ability to meet it with compassion. Then we become able to respond to another’s pain in the same way. Not only is making room for some unhappiness a gift to those we love, but is a profound addition to developing any healthy, wholesome…

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Added by Linda Bloom on October 5, 2017 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Bowing to the Inner Demons

By honoring our inner demons, we find freedom. Even our most horrible thoughts and feelings are not inherently destructive. It’s when we resist and deny them that they become harmful. What determines whether our demons stay with us has everything to do with how we respond. Until we have learned to welcome even our most demonic parts when they present themselves, we will find ourselves being reactive and condemning to others when they express similar aspects of their…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 25, 2017 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

It’s Not about Time; It’s about Priorities.

A couples’ relationship is the hub of the wheel of the family, from which all other parts of our lives radiate like spokes. When the wheel is out of balance, our capacity to manage stress diminishes and even small difficulties can seem insurmountable. When the hub is strong, the wheel is balanced, then even the biggest challenges become manageable. Using the Bic Cure, writing in ink (uneraseable) on your calendar a weekly date, keeps life balance.

 

Jason and Carolyn are a…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Bringing the Stress Level Down

As many of us have learned, knowing what you “should” do isn’t always enough to get your back on track to what it is that you really want to do. There are reasons (competing commitments) we have created the life structure we have. Balance isn’t about equal attention to each domain of our life, but rather has to do with having adequate attention provided to each one. We change in incremental stages rather than dramatic breakthroughs.

The Balancing Act

While…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 18, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Hoping for a Sweet One

Abstract: The story of Mathew and Julia is a common one, where one partner wants meaningful communication and to feel that their requests are valued and respected, and the other partner is closed. When Mathew expected to be accepted “as is”, it was a set up for breakdown and then a breakup. It was only when Julia saw that she was part of the problem suffering in silence, that’s when things changed.

 

Nasrudin was a mythical figure, a teacher from the Sufi tradition, who…

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 16, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Generosity of Spirit

Abstract: Some of us are natural givers and others of us have to reach for generosity. Anyone, at any age, can engage in practices that strengthen the quality of “generosity of spirit”. Bill’s story illustrates that choosing to be more concerned with others’ needs than our own, makes us more attractive and is more likely to bring fulfillment. The attitude and behavior of generosity may be the single-most important factor in determining the quality of our life experience.

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Added by Linda Bloom on September 14, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Reaching for The Joy Zone

Great relationships are characterized by sympathetic joy. The definition of sympathetic joy, is “pleasure that comes from delighting in other people's well-being.” It is characterized by sharing positive feelings with another, and particularly characterized by feelings of respect for the success of another. A sure fire way to enliven our relationship is when the person who hears of our success is sincerely happy for us. It shows generosity of spirit and eagerness to hear more details about…

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Added by Linda Bloom on August 31, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Strengthening the Loyalty Bond

Loyalty is contagious. Strengthening the loyalty bond is not a “have to”; it’s a “get to”. Rather than seeing loyalty as sacrifice, we can see through the lens of enlightened self-interest. Demonstrating loyalty in all the possible ways we can think of is a direct way to strengthen our bond, which invites our partner’s loyalty in return. While considering the twelve practices to cultivate the signature strength of loyalty, you are likely to discover others.

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Added by Linda Bloom on August 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Power of Forgiveness

Consider this inspirational story. In her early twenties, Jeri was convicted of 1st degree and sentenced to life in prison. Her boyfriend was found guilty and sentenced to seventeen years, despite the fact that he was the one who fired the fatal shot. Jeri told us that she knew early on that she could resist with anger and self-pity. But she chose forgiveness and committed to do as much good as she could while in prison.

We met Jeri at a writer’s workshop where we all were…

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Added by Linda Bloom on July 25, 2017 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

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