It’s spring and time for gardening metaphors. It’s snowing outside in Minneapolis and yet this feels like winter kissing us goodbye. The temperature and the soil are warming, ready to make a hospitable environment for plants. Gardeners know, though, that enriching the...read more
Last week I explored the Greater Good Science Center’s 10 keys to well-being. I have 12 Kind Practices. Greater Good has quizzes to help you figure out where you might want to concentrate, but even that can be overwhelming. Each morning, I remind myself of four...read more
The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. They list and define the keys to well-being:...read more
Newly returned from the hospital/transitional care, I look around me and attempt to gather the scraps of my life. When I went into the hospital, I was focusing on the kind promise “I will be joyful for no apparent reason.” I remember contemplating that, as I lay with...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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.