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
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...read more
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,...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.