The ugly part of the healing process is the processing. It’s when we are feeling the tough things we previously refused to feel. Facing the emotions and thoughts that we had evaded for a long time. It is exhausting. One thing I am realizing about myself is that I register emotional stress as physical pain… Continue reading “Know that you are right where you belong at this moment.”
6. How can I transcend my thoughts today? This is my focus. My teacher says: “I have a body and a mind, but I am not my body and my mind.” I believe this, or rather I know it. Just saying the phrase settles me. The whirling chaos in my mind, the narrative of pain,… Continue reading 6. How can I transcend my thoughts today?
I care for my body in a much different way than I did five years ago. Back then, I went to extremes. I got up at 5:30 am to squeeze in a 6 am cross-training class before my 7:19 am train to the city. Burpees, push-ups, squats, situps, planks, and things of that nature. After… Continue reading How can I care for my body today?
I didn’t want to go to Beth’s friend’s house. We had gone downtown for tacos, margs and a comedy show and it would have been so easy to have called it a night. I’d much rather go back home, pack up for my morning flight, and guzzle some water to stave off the inevitable morning… Continue reading friends
I did not grow up with an appreciation for nature. I was raised to view the body mind and spirit as separate and humans and nature as separate. In my adult life, I have begun to question and unlearn dualism. I feel fortunate to have come to this awareness, which continues to evolve. Today, whilst… Continue reading How can I enjoy nature today?
Gratitude is a biggie. I used to think of it as anodyne … something cheezy that Oprah tells us to “journal” about. The cynic in me thought gratitude was used to encourage people to be complacent … and accept their lot in life, for better or for worse. I was so unhappy and unhealthy when… Continue reading 3. What support do I have TODAY? (Gratitude practice)
I wish to live freely, consciously, and with ease. I wish to live according to my own choices NOT according to unconscious childhood and cultural programming and reactivity. I value happiness, which I define as ease, health, humor, grace, love, sharing, compassion, creativity, effort, ambition … (moral ambition), and the will to uplift self and… Continue reading Why do I want to heal? (How do I wish to live?)
When I first read the essay Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson I was consumed by it. I made a sheet with my favorite excerpts and kept it by my desk. I believe I may have also made copies of it and shared with friends. Recently I began re-reading it and I discovered that it… Continue reading Self Reliance
Healing is a trendy topic, a trendy word these days. If you spend time on #mentalhealth social media, you see the terms “healing” and “toxic” thrown around a lot. Words mean different things to different people. To me, healing means letting go of the past and taking action toward one’s vision for a good and… Continue reading 1. What is healing?