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Mary Anne Flanagan/Toning the OM
New York City
Life Coach, Shaman, Writer, & Inspired Speaker
Interests: Hiking, Writing, Walking, Traveling, Teaching
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When someone else is in pain, it can be hard to distance myself from it. I tend to take on too much of what and who is around me. I want to help other people — at times to the... Continue reading
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~Mary Anne Flanagan/Toning the OM I wanted to share how powerful it was to get married in New York City! After 17+ years, my partner and I were married last week (Thank you New York!). We have been in awe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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The peace you are seeking is seeking you. The forgiveness you are waiting for is waiting for you. ~Mary Anne Flanagan/Toning the OM This week I picked up an old favorite to re-read — Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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{Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM™ } If only you knew how magical you are. If only you knew how beautiful you are. If only you knew how radiant you are. If only you knew how magnificent you are. If... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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When You Don’t Know What to Do, Have a Cup of Tea Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM™ my mind is clear as water – so peaceful, nothing troubles me. such is the state of leaving the self and all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM™ After listening to the recent heated debate of whether or not to allow the Marriage Equality Act to pass in the New York Senate, I started thinking about how acceptance is easy if we... Continue reading
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{Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM} “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart As we make plans for a big meal with family or friends, for volunteering to serve... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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{Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM} As the costumes come out and the Halloween parties begin, I can’t help but wonder: what still haunts you? I don’t mean all the horror shows and “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies. I mean,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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By: Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM As I read the reports of the tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi who leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge after allegedly having his sex life broadcast all over the web,... Continue reading
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{Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM} As we begin a new month, we have been reminded, especially in the East Coast, of how extreme weather can allow us to slow down. Whether a big heat wave or heavy rains or... Continue reading
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{Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM} "Your playing small does not serve the world.” Marianne Williamson In the book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles,” Marianne Williamson writes, “Our deepest fear is not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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{by Mary Anne Flanagan, Toning the OM} Sit quietly..with your spine straight...breathe slowing in and out through your nose. Allow the exhale breath to last a little longer. Keep breathing until your whole body relaxes. Breathe through each part of... Continue reading
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Everywhere I look in NYC, there are rainbow flags. Everyone is gearing up for Pride weekend. It’s a time to celebrate diversity at its best. Most folks don’t even blink an eye when I tell them about my sexuality –... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2010 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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While giving my forgiveness telecourse, I read a quote by Pema Chodron: “It all starts with loving-kindness for oneself, which in turn becomes loving-kindness for others. As the barriers come down around our own hearts, we are less afraid of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog
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For the past five months I have been tending to my Happiness Project. I have created a road map for opening up to more happiness by paying attention to three areas of my life: Self-Care, Connections, & Sabbaticals. I have... Continue reading
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“What are we really protecting? We have a wedding channel. We are giving away husbands on a game show.” – Senator Savino There is a list of more than 1,049 benefits and protections available to heterosexual married couples. These range... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2009 at MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog