How does everyone do it?!

I’m seriously asking. How is everyone managing not to be knocked off course, every single day, by what is happening in the world? I used to think it was appropriate to have a time of overwhelm, while we adjust to knowing SO MUCH – that eventually we would grow into it all somehow. Incredibly naive,…

Complexity and View

There is not much simple about our times, nor is it easy to be satisfied with cute little stories about enlightened moments, when almost all of us are facing very difficult choices every day, dealing with those we love, and trying not to hate those seeing the world in very different ways from our own.

Unlearning Isolation

My idea was to see if I could undo some of the isolating patterns I’ve cultivated as part of my personality for longer than I remember, by first noticing, then stepping out of them in a systematic way. I’ve had fairly good results so far…

Savoring

Studying happiness is counter-intuitive. My tendency is to think that the more time I spend on studying how to be happy, the less time I’m spending ‘just being’, which is a happy state. Yet…

Appreciation: Presenting what Presents

Have returned from a trip, and from writing elsewhere about the trip in a way that surprised even myself. It all just poured through like sunshine, first thing in the morning…

The Singing Gecko, a Story – Part 3

Wondering where the singing gecko is?  You’ve arrived.  🙂

Many changes flowed from the dawning of this new day, almost all of them quite subtle and light…

The Singing Gecko, a Story – Part 2

Most of us “serious adults with responsibilities” find it hard to to relax, to allow ourselves to open up and play with life in ways that reveal humor and wonder on a regular basis.  That’s why we remember the moments in which we do, so clearly – they are exceedingly rare. But, I’ve learned it…

The Singing Gecko, a Story – Part 1

I can’t believe the story I’m about to share took place over ten years ago – so much has happened since then!  But this is still a special story for me, because it happened at a pivot point in my spiritual exploration, just as I was becoming a more focused practitioner. The curtains open to…

What’s in a Name?

“Smile Lines”, which this site had been named until today, is the closest I’ve come to keeping a blog that balances both inward and outward expressions. I like writing here, yet am still in the daily tweaking stages, feeling my way deeper and deeper.

Serious Serendipity

Perhaps everyone has spots of luck in their life, some bright cards to play.