Five Ways to Find Calm When Your World is On Fire

By Sarah Chauncey | January 8, 2021

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item, I may receive a small commission. As I write this, most of us in North America are reeling from the events of the past 48 hours (and worldwide, reeling from the past year). Americans, in particular, are facing uncertainty and confusion that I don’t believe…

Recovering from Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome

By Sarah Chauncey | February 20, 2020

My doctor didn’t think I would recover from post-viral fatigue syndrome. I did. Here’s what happened and what helped me.

Reflecting on a Year of Change

By Sarah Chauncey | December 22, 2018

It’s been 18 months since I last posted, yet Living the Mess has been on my mind every day. While I haven’t been writing posts for this site, as a friend pointed out, I have been living the mess and so experiencing source material for future posts. It didn’t seem right to jump back into…

Five Mindfulness Lessons Learned from Moving

Five Mindfulness Lessons from Moving

By Sarah Chauncey | August 26, 2017

Moving is, by definition, massive change. It may not be possible to have a move that isn’t complex, but it can be (almost) stress-free.

Leaning into Fear and Uncertainty

By Sarah Chauncey | June 12, 2017

Renting is a good lesson in stewardship: Nothing is truly ours; we just have responsibility for things for a little while.

The Lifespan of an Emotion

By Sarah Chauncey | March 6, 2017

In neuroscientist Jill Bolte-Taylor’s memoir, My Stroke of Insight, she notes that the physiological lifespan of an emotion in the body and brain is 90 seconds. The sensations—adrenalin, heat in the face, tightness in the throat, rapid heartbeat—arise, peak and dissipate on their own. When was the last time you experienced an emotion for only…

Separating Facts from Stories

By Sarah Chauncey | March 5, 2017

We humans are story-making machines. Yet our minds don’t limit story-making to those times when it’s helpful for us. We all tell ourselves and others stories all the time. Often, those stories create pain—and they’re not rooted in fact.

Labels are for Jars

Labels are for Jars

By Sarah Chauncey | February 9, 2017

The very first thing I did, on my path to healing, was to stop labeling my brain. This was a huge shift. Labels had been my crutch for years. I’d been an active and eager participant in finding external reasons why I was the way I was. I’d had 12 labels—diagnoses—placed on my brain over…

There is Nothing Wrong With You

By Sarah Chauncey | February 8, 2017

We live in a culture that sells the promise of 24/7 productivity (without even asking if that’s desirable), constant giddy happiness, creativity that never gets blocked, financial wealth and endless sexual vitality. Oh, and perfect pores. That’s not life. That’s what we tend to label ‘mania.’ (Except the wealth and pores parts).

The Benefits of Inner and Outer Silence

By Sarah Chauncey | February 7, 2017

I wrote this post more than three years ago, long before COVID-19. Today, many people are dealing with silence and solitude on a level they never expected (or wanted). I’m feeling powerless to help, so I’m sharing my experiences in dealing with solitude and uncertainty.