Let’s Become Holiday Stress-Free with Mindful Self-Care!


Are you feeling stressed this holiday season?

First things first. If you are stressed, know that you are not alone. Stress impacts everyone. It happens when we experience pressure or a situation that exceeds our ability to cope. It’s also one of the main sources of wear-and-tear on our spirits, minds, bodies, and relationships.

In the United States, the most common sources of stress include work, money, the current political climate, the future of the nation, violence, and crime.

Guess which ones are the most common among adults?

Here’s how the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Stress in America survey answered the question.

  • #1 – The Future of the Nation, 63% of adults (specific issues include health care – 43%, economy – 35%, trust in government – 32%, crime and hate crimes – 31%, terrorist attacks – 30%, high taxes – 28%, social security – 26%, and government controversies and scandals – 25%
  • #2 – Money, 62% of adults
  • #3 – Work, 61% of adults
  • #4 – Current Political Climate, 57% of adults
  • #5 – Violence and Crime, 51% of adults

Read the 2017 Stress in America survey here.

When you experience stress, use my S-T-R-E-S-S tool to recharge yourself and practice mindful self-care.

S: Stop when you notice you are stressed out.

T: Take a moment to breathe deeply.

R: Reflect on what’s happening in your body, spirit, heart, and mind.

E: Energize yourself with deep breathing and/or mindful movement to release the stress.

S: Set an intention to practice mindful self-care.

S: Start where you are with a small step that allows you to practice mindful self-care.


Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode for mindful self-care support and tips on how to outsmart stress with mindfulness and meditation.

Crystal therapy journaling

Did you know journaling can help you slow down and outsmart stress with mindfulness? Listen to the Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode on mindful journaling to learn more.


Got a lot of household chores to do before you host family and friends in your home? Stressed out with it all? Gratitude could be your new stress-free BFF.

Check out what I had to say about using mindfulness to practice gratitude in your daily tasks in Medium’s Forge Magazine article,”How to Practice Gratitude While Cooking, Doing Laundry, and Commuting” by Claire Leaden.


Join me for the Winter Solstice Celebration on December 21st and Thriving Mindfully New Moon Circle on December 27th.


Reflections on John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme


Today is December 9th. In nine days I will turn 55. December 18th. Yep that’s right in nine days I will greet the world as a 55 year old.

Today is also the 55th anniversary of the first recording of “A Love Supreme” written by jazz musician Ohnedaruth John Coltrane. Coltrane recorded the four-part suite in one session at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

“A Love Supreme” echoes Coltrane’s awareness of and gratitude for his life as an artist guided by Spirit. It honors the beauty and power of surrendering oneself to Spirit in the creative process. Also, it was my first introduction into the spiritual music written and performed by John and his wife Turiyasangitananda Alice. Their music plays a major role in my spirituality, creativity, and yoga-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours: Karma – Book One.

FYI: Ohnedaruth is John’s spiritual name. It is a Sanskrit word that means com-passion. Turiyasangitananda is Alice’s spiritual name. It means Transcendental Lord’s highest song of Bliss. Her “Journey to Satchidananda” album inspired my name Ananda.


One of my Love’s Troubaadours’ characters is named Ohnedaruth. Read my 2009 blog post to learn more. Buy my book on Amazon.

Here’s a special treat: the words Coltrane wrote about “A Love Supreme.” Enjoy!

A LOVE SUPREME by John Coltrane (Impulse Record AS-77)

I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee, O Lord.
It all has to do with it.
Thank You God. Peace. There is none other.
God is. It is so beautiful.
Thank You God. God is all.
Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.
In you all things are possible.
Thank you God.
We know. God made us so.
Keep your eye on God.
God is. He always was. He always will be.
No matter what… it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, throughts,
fears and emotions–time–all related…
all made from one… all made in one.
Blessed be his name.
Thought waves–heat waves–all vibrations–
all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way… it is so lovely… it is gracious.
It is merciful–Thank you God.
One thought can produce millions of vibrations
and they all go back to God… everything does.
Thank you God.
Have no fear… believe… Thank you God.
The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way… it is so wonderful.
all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful… Thank you God.
Glory to God… God is so alive.
God is.
God loves.
May I be acceptable in Thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.
The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement
of Thee, O Lord.
Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears…
He always has…
He always will.
Seek him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.
Let us sing all songs to God.
To whom all praise is due… praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all
go back to God.
With all we share God.
It is all with God.
It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord.
Blessed is He.
We are all from one thing… the will of God…
Thank you God.
–I have seen ungodly–
none can be greater–none can compare
Thank you God.
He will remake… He always has and He
always will.
It’s true–blessed be His name–Thank you God.
God breathes through us so completely…
so gently we hardly feel it… yet,
it is our everything.
Thank you God.
All from God.
Thank you God. Amen.