finding well-being when you are sick

finding well-being when you are sick

Especially when we are physically ill or disabled, well-being is important. Amidst chronic illness, we sometimes think well-being is beyond us. It’s not. Being cured or being what the dominant culture thinks of as “healthy” may not be achievable, but we can still work...

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Creating a well-being quiz

Creating a well-being quiz

This month, I am focusing on spending my days in ways that enhance my own and others’’ well-being. This begs the question: what is well-being? I love the expression because it sidesteps notions of “cure” or “healthiness,” both of which are beyond me at the moment....

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the energy of joy

the energy of joy

In the northern hemisphere, January gives us practice in playing even though it’s dark and dreary. This is good practice for living. It has been a tough month to practice joy “for no apparent reason.” Stomach flu followed by a cold introduced discomfort and pain. When...

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Inclining toward joy

Inclining toward joy

Today has been typical. I waded into my email inbox, determined to respond to new messages so that I could get on to the rest of my to do list. Hours would pass before I came up for air. There is satisfaction when I accomplish a task, but I don’t make room for joy. At...

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On forgiving the world

On forgiving the world

Rather than thinking about forgiveness I send my love to the child who dies at our southern border attempting to flee from a changing climate to the grieving father who thought he escaped from a dark future to the patrol agents caught in a broken system to the...

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Forgiving past wrongs

Forgiving past wrongs

Sometimes, it’s the old hurts that seem deepest and deadliest. Those are the ones we hang on to. They come to define us. They seem inescapable. For example, the national leader of a religious community with which I have a small connection was charged with sexual...

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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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