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Wheelchair Wisdom

Wheelchair Wisdom: Guideposts to Mastery

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached. Simone Weil As I wrote here last month, o...

Wheelchair Wisdom: A Short Course on Perception and Projection

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Like any prejudice, our perceptions about what it means to be physically challenged are filled with beliefs and interpretations that begin in our own minds. If you understand how this works it's a lot easier to move beyond any self-limiting illusions and judgments we might have, and go forward to live successfully with your illness, injury, or attitude towards the aging process.

Wheelchair Wisdom: The Perfection of Imperfection

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Most humans tend to integrate these two distinct actions and view them as one, which, going back to Buddhist philosophy, causes them to suffer. But suffering is not necessary. New possibilities can be created when we separate these phenomena.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Living the Fearless Life

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are. -- Epictetus Here's another example of transformation: I hav...

Wheelchair Wisdom: Everything You Need is Already Inside You

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. --James Russell Lowell ...

Wheelchair Wisdom: Do Your Mourning Now

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

There is an old saying, "That which doesn't destroy us makes us stronger." Life-threatening illness -- or any adversity -- can be a strengthener. Not necessarily to the body, but certainly to the character and to the spirit.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Keep Stillness Inside of You

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. -- Deepak Chopra Calm and stillness is the sacred space within us. Once we are in ...

Wheelchair Wisdom: Stop the Busyness and Smell the Roses

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Yes, I was still the same seated figure moving through a crowd in a motor-powered vehicle. Yes, all my physical limitations were just as they had been previously. But my mind, my soul, and my feelings became liberated.

Loving Yourself Well

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer If You Wanna Make The Wor...

Wheelchair Wisdom: The Power of Limits

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Linda Noble Topf

It has always fascinated me that creativity and positive thinking are often born out of limitation. When there is adversity, it seems, we humans have all the greater incentive to work out ingenious ways to overcome obstacles, protect ourselves from harm, and chart new territory.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Forgotten Is Forgiven

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Forgiveness is a gift to yourself. It frees you from the past, past experiences, and past relationships. It allows you to live in present time. When you forgive yourself and forgive others, you are indeed free.

Wheelchair Wisdom: All I've Got Is Yours

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

I believe that life is an ongoing journey and with each passage in life, we question, make mistakes, learn, create, expand, grow, transform, and celebrate each step of the way.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Learning to Let Go

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 12.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

The long list of feelings we experience around loss comes from holding on to our perceptions about the way things "ought to be." When we are able to let go of these perceptions, it is as if we open a door to a brand-new world of possibility.

Wheelchair Wisdom: A Vision of Freedom

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Linda Noble Topf

Freedom is an attitude or state of mind... and always a matter of choice. And it is the choices that we make in our lives that produce the breadth of our freedom.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Follow The Flow Of Loving

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

How might we be blocking the kind of cooperation that would bring those to us? Attitude is one big factor. When we are in a state of cooperation, our attitude is one of joy. If we are asked to do something, we do it -- and then some.

Wheelchair Wisdom: You Open the Door Through Gratitude

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

When our hearts are open forgiveness, joy and gratitude evolve simultaneously, each supporting and feeding the others. Rather than focusing on what might have been more, better or different, why not start being grateful for what you've chosen?

Wheelchair Wisdom: The Process of Creation

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Because I am an artist, my tremor reminded me of Auguste Renoir who, because of crippling arthritis, strapped brushes to his hands and painted with longer, more fluid strokes, resulting in some of his best works.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Invisible Threads Are the Strongest Ties

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

As we go through the aging process and experience grief and loss, and as friends and family pass on, the need for connection to extended family, friends, community, and to all of humanity, becomes even more important. Being connective means being ready to connect.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Let Go of the Loss and Move On

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Today, I still need my scooter and wheelchair to get around. But something inside me has changed. I have a sense of freedom that is in some ways more powerful and sustainable than what I felt when I could walk and dance and run and play.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Go With the Flow

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

This was the reality of the situation. This was the truth of the here and now. I couldn't be with him out there on the dance floor, so I had to reframe the situation and enjoy the experience in a completely different way.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Living in God's Holy Thoughts (Light)

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Grace is always extended, something that becomes clearer each time I remind myself that healing is an ongoing process and never a final destination.

Giving and Receiving Are the Same

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

As a person with illness and in a wheelchair for many years, I am so frequently on the receiving end of other people's attention that I often forget there are many ways I can give.

You Can Help Someone Get Access...Today!

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Linda Noble Topf

If you are voting today at a place that is supposed to be handicap accessible, keep your eyes open! People managing the polling booth (they're all volunteers!) may be perfectly willing to help every voter gain access -- yet be unaware of the challenges facing the handicapped.