You are lovable, even when you’re ill

You are lovable, even when you’re ill

You may be thinking “but a silly title. Of course people who are ill are as lovable as they were when they weren’t ill.” That’s the conscious, reasonable attitude. A funny thing happens, though, in our unexamined, reactionary minds. People who...
Gratitude in difficult times

Gratitude in difficult times

This month, I am considering the kind promise “I will appreciate blessings.” Sometimes life seems dark and it’s hard to feel grateful. This includes the chaos that follows diagnosis of a serious health challenge and living with it afterward. The...
It’s a little bit funny

It’s a little bit funny

Last month’s blog posts and newsletter were about dealing with change. A reader suggested that I missed one important tactic: finding humor in the situation. Just this morning, participants in a Creative Journaling class agreed that one sign that they are...
on the hunt for varieties of strengths

on the hunt for varieties of strengths

I start my day with a loving kindness meditation. “May you be safe. May you be strong. May you live with joy. May you be peaceful and it at ease.” I wish these things for myself, my loved ones, strangers, enemies, and all beings. I learned this meditation technique...
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...