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We Are Big Beings

Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 am.

Last Thursday I went to my Dr’s again.  I still haven’t kicked whatever is making me ill. While in the Dr’s office, a man was there getting vitamin C intravenously.  He had cancer.  I told him that I ‘wanted to kill’ whatever was making me sick – the bacteria or virus that were in my…   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 »

What is Compassion?

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 2:15 pm.

Sometimes we confuse compassion with rescuing someone else.  Compassion is not rescuing.  It is feeling the other person’s pain.  Compassion does not mean that you agree with how they see reality.  But it is understanding and caring about their reality. I’ve always been a compassionate person.  I have always had empathy for those people, animals…   Read more »

Inside and Out

Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 1:01 pm.

Some of the big shifts in my life occurred when I started to look at the difference between inside and out.  Examining this difference allows you to discriminate between what you think you want (ego perspective) and what your life wants of you (spiritual perspective).   Sometimes these are the same things – but not always.…   Read more »

Family

Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 12:28 pm.

This past Saturday Mike and I were married.  Our wedding was beautiful and felt blessed.  We were surrounded by love and support.  We shared our inner feelings about each other in a visible ceremony of commitment.  A wedding is such a powerful ritual because it symbolizes family, commitment, love, and connection.  It symbolizes a new…   Read more »

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Accepting Life’s Challenges

Posted on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 6:20 pm.

As I work at accepting life’s challenges, I find myself in a chapter of my life where I am sifting, sorting, and reorganizing who I am. Sometimes I see the more expansive parts of myself – the parts that can hold a goal over a long period of time and work towards them without much…   Read more »

You Are Only As Sick As Your Secrets

Posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 12:48 pm.

I tend to reveal a lot about myself in my writing. Even though as a therapist, showing oneself is tricky, I made a conscious choice to do this because I knew that is how we remove stigma and heal shame. If I reveal an experience that someone else identifies with and has shame around, they…   Read more »

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The Practice of Gratitude is a Choice

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 2:59 pm.

Post updated June 6th, 2020 What is the definition of gratitude? Gratitude is the emotion of being thankful. If we are thankful, we appreciate and are in connection with the thing we are grateful for. This can be something outside ourselves, like the amazing redwoods in the picture above. Or it can be for an…   Read more »

Creating Our New World

Posted on Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 4:58 pm.

We are stepping forward into a new year. I know for me, right now I am acutely aware of all of my ‘flaws’ – all of the parts of me that I wish were more evolved, more capable of being completely unafraid, less neurotic, more generous and more able to experience gratitude and joy. It…   Read more »

Accountability and Character

Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm.

I remember years ago how my father and the four of us children would go walking up the hill into the woods to look for a Christmas tree.  It was a somewhat magical time – one of those special times when we had fun with our father. The trees would be beautiful, brown branches, dark…   Read more »

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