Befriending the mind 3 – radical acceptance

Befriending the mind 3 – radical acceptance

For all anxiety and fear, all sufferings in boundless measure, their source and wellspring is the mind itself. --Shantideva I am having trouble with my morning PCA staffing. These are the people I count on to help me get out of bed in the morning, get dressed, get on...

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Befriending the mind 2 – skillful means

Befriending the mind 2 – skillful means

I just cleared my calendar for 10 days of vacation. It was such a joyous task: looking at routine items on each day and deleting them. For 10 days I will be away from routine, seeing sites, hearing sounds and enjoying new experiences. Hope is such fun! I was expecting...

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Befriending the Mind 1 – just for today

Befriending the Mind 1 – just for today

It seems my entire adult life has been a process of befriending my mind. It began in an EA 12 step group in Winston-Salem North Carolina with the Just For Today’s. (It’s interesting that, in this brave new connected world, I could find them most easily on an EA...

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Befriending the Body 2 – bodies in my family

Befriending the Body 2 – bodies in my family

Creative journaling prompt: What did you learn about having a body from your family of origin? [A list*) Bodies are inconsequential vehicles to carry around what’s important: the brain/mind If you go out, wear lipstick. Eat three meals a day. Dinner should include...

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Befriending the Body 1: Our Beauty Sick Culture

Befriending the Body 1: Our Beauty Sick Culture

I’m beginning an exploration into how I – how we – can increase our compassion for our bodies. The dominant culture doesn’t help. In her book, Beauty Sick, researcher Renée Engeln gives us the sad demographics: 34% of five-year-old girls engage in deliberate dietary...

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Everything is connection…

Everything is connection…

These last few days, I had the privilege of watching the online Mindful Relationships Summit. Here is some wisdom from Dr. Harville Hendrix: The universe is connection. Everything is connecting to everything, everywhere all the time. Since we are threads in the...

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