Helplessness Blues

Lately, I've been thinking of that poster that hangs in a lot of elementary classrooms: "Before you speak: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?" This election touched a big nerve with me, as it did for a lot of people regardless of political beliefs, and I've been doing a lot of breathing and … Continue reading Helplessness Blues

It Has to Be

"When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite (positive) ones should be thought of.  This is pratipaksha bhavana." -   Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.33,  J. Carrera In 2008, my dad was laid off.  He was just another victim of the economic crunch that year.  His company, involved in cotton trade, laid off a lot of the "old … Continue reading It Has to Be

There’s a Lesson in there Somewhere

The week after my husband's grandmother and our cat died, we started an herb garden.  I know how healing it can be to get your hands in some dirt, and it was something that helped me when my father passed.  It didn't matter how down I felt, or where I was in my own grieving process, being around … Continue reading There’s a Lesson in there Somewhere

Meditation Isn’t Going Relax You

I am starting to record my guided meditations again, and it seems everywhere I turn, there's a lot of opinions about the efficacy of mindfulness being thrown around.  One of the most common ones I hear is, "Oh, I tried to meditate, but it didn't work because my mind goes all over the place."  I'm sure these … Continue reading Meditation Isn’t Going Relax You

The Safety You Seek

During the winter, there's a lot more people poking around my apartment complex.  The landlord has a team of friendly snow removing gentlemen who shovel the stairs and plow the parking lots.   Although, I really appreciate the dudes who make my world much easier to traverse, they make me nervous.  I can hear them plodding up the … Continue reading The Safety You Seek

The Long Game

I've been sick for a few days, and I'm trying my best to rest and replenish.  Judging by that friendly Facebook "On this Day" reminder, it seems like every year since 2005, I've been sick in January and this is about the time when I would take to the internet to whine about it.  Facebook has … Continue reading The Long Game

Cat Pose

I've never been a cat person, but when I married my husband, I knew that his eccentric, very talkative cat was part of the package.  And let me start by saying, it's a great package...even with his cat.  I love this plump, cuddly, chatty gal, but she's got issues.  Or as my husband likes to … Continue reading Cat Pose

There Are No Bears Here

Something many people don't know about me is that I am nervous pretty much ALL OF THE TIME.  Need to make a phone call to a stranger?  Debilitating anxiety.  Going to a new optometrist?  Serious jitters.  Perfectly tame social gatherings?  Nausea.  Driving in city traffic?  Palpitations.  My life has been shaped largely by fear and … Continue reading There Are No Bears Here

One Strong Lady

"You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair." - Chinese proverb Since my post on Tuesday about "the beach incident," I've received an outpouring of support from just about everyone.  People told me they loved me, promised to maim and/or … Continue reading One Strong Lady

One Paintbrush. One Masterpiece.

"Your body is not your masterpiece.  It is the paintbrush used to create your masterpiece each day." -Glennon Doyle MeltonI love the beach.  It's kind of the main thing I love about living in New Hampshire.  I love the ocean because it makes me feel small in the best way possible.  If the water isn't … Continue reading One Paintbrush. One Masterpiece.