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...
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...
Dropping expectations

Dropping expectations

I often shoulder away my experience in this moment, hanging onto some notion of perfection. This should not be happening now. Instead, this moment should look like something else – something brighter, shinier, more perfect. Clinging to my expectations of perfection, I...
Soften

Soften

Yesterday, I was trying to drive my wheelchair into the slot that locks it down in the van. I was not able to do it. I got discouraged and angry and gave up. My promise for this month is to “be tender with weaknesses” and I was not. Somewhere, I have a vision of being...