A compassion (pandemic) poem cycle # 2

A compassion (pandemic) poem cycle # 2

Flash of heat travels from my chest to my face how can these people be so wrong? Valuing their convenience over my life I am here unimportant, yes but just as vital as you are to the web of the world How dare you decide I am not worthy? But soften, soften watch as the...

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A compassion (pandemic) poem cycle – #1

A compassion (pandemic) poem cycle – #1

Psychologist Kristin Neff describes four steps to self-compassion: The with the pain. "This is a moment of struggle."Connect with our shared humanity.Make a gesture of kindness.Put words around what you are feeling. This week, I returned to reading poetry and felt the...

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3 steps for dealing with the pandemic of Big Emotions

3 steps for dealing with the pandemic of Big Emotions

The kind promise that I am considering this month is “I will be tender with weaknesses.” What weakness shall we consider in this time of pandemic? I see a weakness creeping up on all people right now. There is the tendency to want to go back to normal, even though the...

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Even as we distance, we connect

Even as we distance, we connect

Human beings have evolved to live together. Yet, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus, we need to stay separate from each other. Michael Lee Stallard, president of Connection Culture Group, points out that we are already in an epidemic of loneliness, which...

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Inviting Joy in the Midst of Illness

Inviting Joy in the Midst of Illness

When you are ill, there are days when your body needs careful, loving attention and you can’t begin to think about joy. That’s okay. Know that those days won’t last forever. Joy will come, but you may need to invite it. Let your mouth curve into a smile. Think “in...

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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.

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