Free Meditation At Creative Wellness

So excited to be offering a free meditation for caregivers at Creative Wellness in East Aurora.  The guided meditation will be at 7:00pm on Tuesday, January 30th.

Restorative Guided Meditation For Caregivers

Tuesday January 30th

Tuesday March 6th

Tuesday April 10th

Tuesday May 15th


Led by Tobi Stewart

Caregiver burnout is defined as, “a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Caregivers who are burned out may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression.”

An effective antidote to caregiver burnout is meditation. Meditation is proven to reduce stress, control anxiety, and promote emotional health.

Come to a guided meditation, in a supportive circle, to soothe caregiver burnout and replenish your spirit. The Creative Wellness Meditation Room is a beautiful, serene space where you will be led in a restorative meditation by Tobi Stewart, a certified meditation teacher and caregiver stress relief expert.

Cost: donation

Pre-registration REQUESTED

Here’s the link to register!



Morning Ritual

My morning ritual consists of lighting a candle.  I’ve done this for years now.  Some mornings I do yoga and meditate prior to this.   Some days its just meditation.  Some days its a struggle to make a cup of tea and not fall over from fatigue.

Every day is different, but the candle remains constant.

My paternal grandmother was born Mary Margaret Murphy to an affluent hotel owner in Quebec.  She and her two sisters had music and French lessons.  They went to private schools and wore fur coats.  Her life was somewhat idyllic until she married my Grandfather.

I’m not throwing you under the bus Grandpa, but serving in World War 2 left you scarred in more ways than one.  Life with you wasn’t easy until you quit drinking.  There were difficult years.

My Grandmother was an optimist.  She was a survivor, a gifted musician, and an empath.  She loved quotes and words the way that I do.  To this day I still find her notations and quotes inside of sheet music and notebooks.

One of her favorite expressions was that “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”  This is an incantation she used again and again to illuminate a positive path.

It is the incantation I recite every day when I strike the match that lights my morning candle.  My prayers, intention settings, and practices may change but the quote is a constant.  It is how I have chosen to live.

Where there is darkness let me be light.

Through no power of my own I open myself up to be a conduit of the light of the universe.  Call it source.  Call it Jesus.  Call it what you want to.  Call on it and it will replenish your soul and heal you.

You can bemoan your fate and circumstances all day long.  Or you can decide to do one small kind act toward yourself or another.  Think of how one small candle can pour warmth and light into a void.

Be gentle with yourself today.  If you string enough of those days together, lighting a candle for your own self-care and wellness, someday in the future you will find that you will be that candle for someone else.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. – John 1:5

Happy Winter Solstice.  Merry Christmas.






Getting together resources for disability parents.  Contemplative practices ARE accessible to you!



RPM support group coming to the south towns this month!

Good things coming.


There is a little woman in Austin, Texas who has the heart of a lion.  She is the strong person who would not quit until she unlocked the gorgeous mind of her son, Tito.  Tito was a non-speaking autistic that had a treasure trove of wisdom locked within him.  His mother Soma developed RPM. (Rapid Prompting Method)

RPM is what gave voice to my daughter.

I believe RPM is to a non-speaking autistic as sign language is to a deaf person.  I believe a letter board is as crucial as a wheelchair.

I know non-speaking autistics are bright people locked inside bodies that won’t obey them.  I know we must respect and celebrate their diversity.

The path to get to these beliefs and knowledge was a 5 year journey.  I am not so pompous or self-congratulatory as to tell you this was easy.  I will tell you that there was an ember inside of me that believed in my daughter.  This ember has gown into a burning fire.  This fire has obliterated doctors, teachers, and therapists who preached a litany of pessimism.

I am an advocate.  I am a mother.

I thank God every day for Soma.

I thank Soma every day for being so brilliant.

I thank my daughter every day for being the strongest person I will ever know. Read More