Jennifer Lehr, MFT - Blog

Please Forgive Me. Thank You.

Posted on Sunday, July 12th, 2015 at 7:38 am.

As time seems to quicken, and our experiences intensify, and as I’ve personally experienced more loss and death in my life, I find myself seeking more peace. As I let go of more of the external – outcomes and things – I find myself needing to focus on what I find most important – releasing…   Read more »

The Pain of an Opening Heart

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 9:50 am.

It hurts for our hearts to open. Like when the blood has been cut off from a limb and begins to flow back in, it pricks and tingles, the intensity worsening as the oxygen-rich blood rushes in to feed the cells and nerves. The cells and nerves scream their discomfort, as they are flooded with…   Read more »

My Sense of Home

Posted on Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 6:11 pm.

My much-loved husband nearly died three weeks ago. When I imagine my life without him, I realize that there is no place to go, nothing to do that could feel okay. I feel homeless, lost and adrift. What is home, but a tender heart we connect with? What is home other than acceptance and love? What…   Read more »

My Mother’s Passing

Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 3:48 pm.

My mother died July 22nd after a yearlong battle fighting a rare and deadly cancer, mucosal melanoma. It was the day before my birthday and I wasn’t there. Perhaps she picked that day to spare me her death occurring on my birthday. We had thought she would last longer. I had a visit planned.  …   Read more »

The Balance of Peace and Growth

Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 4:50 pm.

Although much of my life revolves around a daily routine of work, like all of us, I find myself bombarded with sensations and images, thoughts and feelings – and often caught between delight and distress. One moment I find myself in a clear beautiful sunny day after a rain, water droplets pooling on leaves and…   Read more »

How Unspoken (And Unanswered) Needs Sabotage A Relationship.

Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 3:25 pm.

June: I don’t like our gardener. I don’t like how he trimmed the roses. I don’t think he did a good job on the grass. I don’t like… What is going on here? – Disguised and unspoken feelings. (I feel uncomfortable; I want you to hear my discomfort. I want to know that you will…   Read more »

Overwhelm

Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 2:54 pm.

Maybe you could call it a creative block, but what it really feels like is that I’m caught between these different and enormous landscapes, like being in the middle of moving worlds and everything is changing and I don’t know yet where I am standing. On the mundane level, I can tell you exactly what…   Read more »

What I wish for Jyoti Singh Pandey

Posted on Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm.

Yesterday I first learned her name and saw her picture.  She was smiling with warm brown eyes and long dark hair.  She looked petite, young and sweet.  I was glad to learn her name. I was glad to see her picture.  I was glad to get to know her a tiny bit in this way.…   Read more »

Emotional Detoxification

Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at 1:58 pm.

I read the an article about health recently and was struck by this paragraph: We are in a constant exchange with our environment, which is governed by the laws of osmosis. If mercury is in the fish we eat, over time we have mercury in our system. We cannot keep our system pristine and clean,…   Read more »

Enough

Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 7:32 pm.

I was outside. It was night. Someone was behind me: his hands on the small of my back propelling me dangerously forward with enormous force. I was scared. I tried to decompress the uncomfortable arch in my back but the force was too great. I tried to steer myself towards a large overweigh man, thinking…   Read more »

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