five tips for choosing joy over midwinter blahs

five tips for choosing joy over midwinter blahs

We are in the bleak midwinter in Minnesota. The air temperature outside has been in the single digits (Fahrenheit). Personally, I’ve been dealing with additional losses: more MS -induced disability and the death of our dog, Cocoa, who kept me company for 15 years....

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allowing joy, allowing sadness

allowing joy, allowing sadness

This month’s promise is to “live joyfully for no apparent reason.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about joy as a flotation device. I have been sad because my left arm and hand have gotten weaker and less responsive. Often, I am unable to drive my wheelchair. Because of...

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looking for joy

looking for joy

How can I find joy on a day like today, with the temperature at a -15 Fahrenheit and my body is completely paralyzed? I have to reach for joy outside myself. It can be found in the colorful posters that surround my desk, the rocks on top of my desk, a video of kittens...

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forgiveness practice

forgiveness practice

The folks at Greater Good Magazine have identified forgiveness as one of the keys to well-being. They offer a lovely, succinct definition: a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you,...

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When you find yourself sinking

When you find yourself sinking

Living with an illness, there may be times when the ice cracks and you fall through. Plans need to be released. What worked before no longer works. For a while, you may flounder. Be there, in the depths. Know that you will probably resurface. If you don’t, you get to...

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Rick Hanson on the “why” of meditation

Rick Hanson on the “why” of meditation

Last week, I was privileged to hear psychologist and Dharma practitioner Rick Hanson speak (online). His topic: Neurodharma: Practicing Meditation with the Brain in Mind According to Hanson, there are three basic needs that we share with all animals: safety,...

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