How to deal with self-criticism, clumsiness, and physical pain

How to deal with self-criticism, clumsiness, and physical pain

In one of my creative journaling classes, we were looking at the unhelpful messages we send ourselves. We were so critical! We have been trained by our cultures to think that we are projects in need of renovation and improvement. “Every day in every way, I get better...

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Dropping expectations

Dropping expectations

I often shoulder away my experience in this moment, hanging onto some notion of perfection. This should not be happening now. Instead, this moment should look like something else – something brighter, shinier, more perfect. Clinging to my expectations of perfection, I...

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Soften

Soften

Yesterday, I was trying to drive my wheelchair into the slot that locks it down in the van. I was not able to do it. I got discouraged and angry and gave up. My promise for this month is to “be tender with weaknesses” and I was not. Somewhere, I have a vision of being...

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Dedicating the merit

Dedicating the merit

I was recently part of an online discussion about how to make each meditation session more sacred. The conclusion? Become conscious of your connections with other people/living beings. As you sit down to meditate, our teacher suggested, think of all the communities...

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Kind connections

Kind connections

I’ve been reminding myself of the research that shows how bad loneliness and isolation are and how what matters is our sense of connection with others. http://ccare.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/ConnectToThrive11.jpg I ended up shoulding on myself. I should...

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Mindful poetry IV

Mindful poetry IV

now that I have dropped below the level of words it is hard to return what can I say to invite us you and me to move more deeply into our lives? – – what is there to keep me here in the quiet of my life? the robin outside my window chirps for no reason it knows – –...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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