The strength of surrender

The strength of surrender

We human beings like to pretend we are in control. We imagine we live in a fair and predictable universe. Part of what makes illness difficult is that we realize the opposite is true. No matter how carefully we assemble the building blocks of health, disease happens,...

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The strength of imagination

The strength of imagination

While imagination is not included on most psychological strengths lists, I find it to be a fun and effective tool for working with thoughts and emotions. The good news is that we can cast into the future to set goals, connect more compassionately with people around...

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self-compassion journaling prompts

self-compassion journaling prompts

Psychologist Kristin Neff says there are three elements to self-compassion: self-kindness vs. self-judgmentcommon humanity vs. isolationmindfulness vs. overidentification Here are some journaling prompts designed to help you explore and practice those elements. Bring...

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Finding my way from symptom to self-compassion

Finding my way from symptom to self-compassion

I’ve been noticing recently that I have a scratchy, wavering old lady voice. It comes from not having enough air to project the sound. The nerve connections to my diaphragm and intercostal muscles are mostly gone, so I can’t get good breath support. (One of the things...

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5 ways to practice compassion

5 ways to practice compassion

“Compassion,” says meditation teacher Susan Piver, “is the ability to hold love and pain in your heart at the same time.” Andrew Boyd agrees. “Compassion hurts,” he writes, “when you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything.” He...

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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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