We are all part of a living system.
I believe that who we are—how we show up in the world, how we treat others—is more important than what we do.
I’ve also experienced that, when we change how we are in the world, the world around us changes.
This is a recipe for healing.
For more than half my life, I was on ever-increasing amounts of psychiatric medication for intractable anxiety and depression.
In 2010, I tapered off meds and began searching for ways to rewire my brain for inner peace. Today, I’m one of the most content people I know (well, most of the time).
I write about the practices that have helped me.
Spoiler alert: It mostly comes down to walking, nature, mindfulness and acceptance.
I’m updating this post a month to the day after Hedda’s death, because my equanimity has been on a bit of a roller coaster. During the first couple of weeks, when I was writing these posts, I had a creative outlet for my grief. I could write about Hedda, and in doing so, I kept her alive in me.
Saying goodbye to a companion animal is never easy. Without ignoring the sadness, I did my best to fill Hedda’s last days with love, gratitude and tuna.
Over the past week, I’ve Googled people’s experiences in knowing when it was time to say goodbye to their companion animals, and how to do so in a way that best supported the animal. My experience, while painful, turned out as well as could be expected given the...
We can have compassion without agreeing with them or liking them. We can have compassion for them and dislike their actions. And most importantly, we can have compassion for people whose perspectives are directly opposed (from ours and from each others).
We all want to matter to others. The mistake is in believing that busyness is a sign of our value as human beings. There’s a saner way to live.
From a distance, these trees look uniformly bright pink. Up close, the colors are much more intricate.
It is possible to find inner peace even when you’re dealing with survival-level issues. In my experience, though, it takes significant time and intense focus.
On the last day of my 40s, I'm writing a list of things I've learned so far. (I know, it's not exactly original, but it is mine.) Without children, a marriage or a traditional career milestones, this birthday has snuck up on me. In some ways, I feel blindsided. And...
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” —Anaïs Nin Recently, I've been seeing more and more stories / posts / tweets by people in the process of withdrawing from medication. These have brought up...
I love music—who doesn’t?—yet it had never occurred to me that music itself could be a teaching, that it could bring people to the place, the experience, that spiritual teachers’ words point to, the transcendence that’s sometimes found in meditation (and often isn’t)....
Note: A friend expressed concern and mentioned that, in the U.S., people only have MRIs if something is seriously wrong. In Canada, MRI is sometimes used in place of other screening technologies; this was just a checkup. Ok, I admit, this is a bit of a departure from...
Every freelancer goes through feast or famine, but I have to say that I think I've hit some extremes on both ends. After two years of significant financial challenges, last year I earned twice the highest amount I've ever earned in a calendar year...thanks to a single...