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...
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...
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,...
Meditation revolutionary

Meditation revolutionary

I am sitting meditationin this bodydamaged from yearsof neural degradationhere I sittorso pocked with scarsfrom surgeries designedto keep it all runningto keep me aliveand mostly functioningwho knew it would bea revolutionary actto sit with this bodywith kind...
how to “hang in there” when you are ill

how to “hang in there” when you are ill

When we are so ill that being sick seems like our whole world, how can the Buddhist notion of “exertion” help us? Exertion doesn’t mean hard work (though being sick is hard work.) Instead, it’s about showing up even when we don’t want to and, more than that, showing...