How Perfectionism Blocks Happiness

To live is to experience life anew, to change,  to clean, to release that which no longer serves us. It was an inocuous mistake.  One for which I would have tortured myself for days if I had let it.  In being given a spot to drop them off,  the young couple told me a barContinue reading “How Perfectionism Blocks Happiness”

Thank you, in reflection

“The killer in me is the killer in you.  Send this smile over to you.” -William “Billy” Corgan  Thank you for: being you, so that I can be me. the sparkle in your eyes that illuminates the fire in mine. the dirt on your face so that I can see the smudges when I lookContinue reading “Thank you, in reflection”

The Empty Frame

The wound is the place where the light enters you. -Rumi There is a deep, pervasive emptiness from which I often try to run and hide. It permeates and weaves through so many aspects of my life, like a malignant web of blackness that darkens my vision and protects me from the very thing thatContinue reading “The Empty Frame”

Letting Go of the Hot Coal

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. -Buddha Now imagine holding those hot coals and throwing them at yourself. This is what I believe most of us do on a daily, hourly and maybe even minute-by-minuteContinue reading “Letting Go of the Hot Coal”

An Open Hearted Letter

My Dearest One, In my quest for something greater, better, and more fulfilling, I ignored you. Instead of hearing your words, I turned to you a deaf ear and gave my attention to everyone (anyone) else. In my quest for love that was more fulfilling, I ignored the love you offered to me, love thatContinue reading “An Open Hearted Letter”

Shedding My Skin: Pushing the Envelope

  May we exist like the lotus at ease in muddy water. -Buddha As a child, I knew I would one day go to college. Academics were very important to my parents. A’s and B’s were expected and exalted. Physical activities, like competitive sports, well, not so much. In fact, I learned to fear whatContinue reading “Shedding My Skin: Pushing the Envelope”

On Finding My Tribe

(Author’s note: As I prepare to publish this, “Lean of Me” is playing. How fitting!) It was a fateful weekend that brought the eight of us together. Initially it seemed like an innocent gathering of souls. The initial seeds were planted when all came together under one roof to celebrate Thanksgiving on 11.27.2014. Little did weContinue reading “On Finding My Tribe”

This, again?!

I’ve already done this. This path is not new. I’ve walked this road and conquered it….so why am I here? Why this, again?! I want to scream. I want to claw out of this body. “The longer you resist, the longer you spin in this energy of confusion,” my quiet inner voice responds. “But, but,Continue reading “This, again?!”

A Discourse on Darkness

Many eschew the darkness. Most fear it. (This avoidance and fear energy just gives the darkness more power.) Here I will discuss why I feel that darkness is important. Imagine for a moment a life without any shadows. What do you see? Light. Do you see anything else? Well, if there are no shadows, IContinue reading “A Discourse on Darkness”

Giving Ourselves Permission

On this day I had two patients who both seemed to want to suppress their feelings; one did not want to celebrate her achievements and the other felt bad for throwing herself a pity party. They both seemed to need permission to feel what they were feeling. So with the first patient, I pulled outContinue reading “Giving Ourselves Permission”

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