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...
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....
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...
Loving the world

Loving the world

One of my PCAs has been telling me stories from “the other side” – the part of America that is black and poor. Another child shot dead. A homeless family staying in drug users’ apartment because it’s what they can find, hoping the teenage children are not learning the...
On loving my enemies

On loving my enemies

Both Buddhism and Christianity suggest love for those I think of as my enemies. Who do I think of as enemies? Much is made of the political divisions in our country at the moment. They are outward signs of inner philosophical differences. I want government policy to...
the blessing of breath

the blessing of breath

My breathing is “compromised” these days. I can’t get a deep enough breath to finish a sentence. When I sing, I just hit some of the notes while I spend others inhaling. Every other night I use a BiPAP machine. (I wish it were every night, but the mask damages my...