Last year my word for the year was release. It turned out to be exactly the right word for 2020. With all of the changes brought by COVID-19 I released a lot. I released expectations, craving for normal, gathering with friends. I released some "shoulds." Though it was a very difficult year for so many, … Continue reading My word for 2021. A surprise!
I feel fear swirling around with these autumn leaves as we all think of what this week might bring. Here's my advice for all of us: Remember to breathe. Both in AND out.Remember you have friends, family—people you love— who will be upset with the outcome. Be compassionate. With them. With yourself—because you might be … Continue reading My advice for this week of U.S. elections: 8 short suggestions
If you know me, you know I enjoy looking for insights from dreams. But I've been on a kind of dream hiatus, having few memorable dreams in the last several months. That has fit right in with this pandemic limbo time, which I started pretty early. Last fall, in fact, I was starting to withdraw, … Continue reading How a dream gave me insight into a new doctor
Because I realize now that there is never a time of total escape from some type of "problem" that seemingly hangs over my head.
I remembering longing for anything that felt "normal." I wanted to feel better physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. And I wanted all of that normal immediately.
The COVID-19 isolation has a lot of us feeling anxious and on edge . . . and I want to share one of my strategies to calm myself. If you've known me well for any length of time, you'll be surprised at my answer. For too long I resisted doing daily stretching or yoga. I'm … Continue reading Feeling anxious? Stretch your body!
I'm one who tries to look for the blessing inside the curse. Though I feel the unease around me as our society (and really, entire world) tries to figure out how to navigate the spreading novel coronavirus, I'm looking for the gifts that are inherent in a time like this. And what I'm finding is … Continue reading Yes, coronavirus cautions can improve your life in these 3 ways
I'll begin by saying that—for me—acupuncture is nearly a miracle. I had a six-week course of weekly treatments this summer, and my painful right shoulder regained mobility along with much less pain and arthritis cracking. So when my back hurt more and more, I figured acupuncture was surely worth a try. But I had no … Continue reading Acupuncture: “Muscle moves bone . . . “
Annually I ask for a word for my New Year, usually on New Year's Day. I follow this prompt from Abbey of the Arts: “give me a word” we ask – something to nourish me, challenge me, a word I can wrestle with and grow into. The word which chooses us has the potential to transform … Continue reading My word for New Year 2020
There are so many questions that have come to me after my parents and their generation have crossed over, especially questions about their parents and grandparents. I wish I'd thought of those questions when I had the opportunity to ask. Now during the holiday season, you might have a chance to ask some of these … Continue reading What I wish I had asked my relatives while they were alive: 4 types of questions