What word describes the strength within chronic illness?

What word describes the strength within chronic illness?

When you live with a body that doesn’t function the way most people’s bodies do, you are invited to develop a special kind of strength. I was listening to an interview between Marie Forleo and Katie Sturino, blogger and entrepreneur. They were discussing their workout...

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3 ways to share encouragement

3 ways to share encouragement

The world is wrestling with multiple struggles right now. Not only do we have the coronavirus pandemic, we are also recognizing (again) the toll racism takes on America. When I think about “strength” during these times, the word “courage” comes to mind. Dictionary.com...

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cultivating strengths for antiracist change

cultivating strengths for antiracist change

Suppose there is a clean line: before May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was murdered, and after. Let that be the day it all changed, the day we ripped off the masks, stopped pretending, and started to build a new, antiracist society. I will continue to organize my...

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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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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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