finding self-compassion for my ill body

finding self-compassion for my ill body

Recently, a nurse practitioner told me I should spend more time in bed. Last July, I received a pressure wound because of an emergency surgery. Almost a year later, that wound has yet heal properly. The best “medicine” would be for me to lie in bed, taking the...

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three elements of self-compassion

three elements of self-compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff is a famous evangelist of self-compassion. She says it includes three elements: self kindness vs. self judgment, common humanity vs. Isolation, and mindfulness vs. over-identification. I entered my adulthood with an unhealthy habit it of...

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nurturing and celebrating connections

nurturing and celebrating connections

I have been working on a painting of elephants. (When it’s finished, I will post it and add a link.) Things are going well so far. The other day I thought about adding a few bright and unexpected colors. If I add them, will it ruin what’s there? I worried. As I pulled...

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Remember how to connect – in person!

Remember how to connect – in person!

Last Saturday, my husband and I got together with my two brothers and their wives. It’s the first time in about two years because of pandemic separations. There is something wonderful about being in the same room, breathing the same air. Yet, I immediately started to...

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3 journaling prompts to help you feel connected

3 journaling prompts to help you feel connected

Many people are behaving as if the pandemic is over. Mask mandates are falling away and people are gathering again. Maybe they are right. I hope so, but I am still cautious, as I know a serious case of COVID--19 would kill me (respiratorily-compromised as I am.) We’ve...

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6 pieces of wisdom I learned from illness

6 pieces of wisdom I learned from illness

Each month, I try to look at the intersection of illness with my current blog subject. Lately, I’ve been writing about the Buddhist paramita of wisdom. At its core, wisdom is about seeing and understanding the truth. When I was diagnosed (at age 20) with an incurable,...

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