Forgiveness is Freedom

#67   How many of you out there long for a sense of freedom? And how often to we experience that intoxicating feeling? My theory of freedom is that it is always there – we just allow things to block our view of it. Like clouds blocking the sun when we are the sky. Something…

How to Change a Habit For Good

#69 Did you know that it is estimated that 40-45% of everyday decisions are infact, habits. Most are harmless, but I would guess that all of us have at least one habit that feels like it controls us more than we control it. Charles Duhigg, a reporter in the New York Times wrote an excellent book on…

Healthy Simplicity

#72 As the air turns cool my inspiration for this LifeLine comes from the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’. Pronounced ‘Hoo- guh’ it is a Scandinavian concept that encompasses cosiness and little pleasures. It is a feeling of contentment. Firstly let me say that Hygge is more of a feeling than a thing. For instance, it is the…

This Made My Day

#73 What happened to me today is a reminder that there is so much good out there, and that when we disconnect from the news we see what is right in front of us. In my case, I mean literally in front of me – in the queue at the Post Office. When I got…

Finding Beauty In The Weeds

#75   My mother has a saying that weeds are just flowers growing in the wrong place. I love metaphors, and as I looked at the weeds lining the side of the road my mind turned to other things in my life. What is there in my life that feels like it is out of place?…

Dealing With Difficult People In Your Life

#71 We all have them in our lives. It might be a co-worker, your boss, a sibling, a neighbour or a parent-in-law. When you are around a difficult person you often find yourself behaving differently. Maybe you doubt yourself, feel dismissed or powerless. Even brief encounters with them can leave you with the emotional equivalent of being…

Don’t Let the Lizard Hijack The Car

#29 Here’s a thought: if your brain were a beautiful, super-powerful car would you hand it over to be driven by someone prone to random aggressivity, irrational panic and seizures? And yet we do exactly that and the results can go something like this: Neuroscientists talk about our brain being made up of four parts: The Reptilian Brain responsible for dealing with…

Exquisite Nature of Love and Pain

#30 Inspired by a deeply touching and wise newsletter (thank you Steve Mitten) and experiences of my own and those close to me over the last few weeks, I feel drawn to write my Little Life Line about love, fear of loss, and the pain that follows. But mostly love. You see the problem with love is that the price of…