Kate Wolfe Jenson's Journey Dancing – celebrating a sacred, compassionate, creative life
Claiming my autonomy

Claiming my autonomy

When I am at my most frustrated with this disease (multiple sclerosis) and its effects on my life, I grumble petulantly, “I can’t do anything anymore!) I know it’s not true, but it feels true when I say it. All the able-bodied joys of running and hugging and getting... read more
Why do you do what you do?

Why do you do what you do?

Here is a journaling exercise from Marshall Rosenberg’s book on nonviolent communication: Make a list of everything you “have to do.” (Example: “I have to wash the dishes.”) Review the list, replacing the words “have to” with the words “choose to.” Add the phrase... read more
Learning nonviolent communication

Learning nonviolent communication

I was raised in a very reasonable household. We operated spectacularly from the neck up. We were smart and funny. Our household was all about learning and doing what made sense. Early on, I was identified as “the dramatic one.” It was later in life that I realized... read more
Moving beyond helplessness to peace and love

Moving beyond helplessness to peace and love

“I can’t even watch the news,” she said. “It’s too upsetting. I have to protect myself.” The voice was one of a woman with chronic illness. She was concerned that the upset she felt at the state of the world might affect her health. I understand her concern. Those of... read more
My heart is breaking…

My heart is breaking…

As I begin to write this, people have gathered in St. Paul, MN for the funeral of Philando Castile, who was shot last week. At a recent community conversation at my church, which is about a mile from where Castile was shot, we were invited to give one word that... read more
Learning to exercise joy

Learning to exercise joy

People exercise in order to make their muscles stronger. I still remember the day the physical therapist shook her head and looked at me sadly, saying “the nerve connections are gone, honey. No amount of exercise will make that leg stronger.” That was 2001. My legs... 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 summarize my discoveries in a monthly newsletter.

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