The art of letting go…

New seasons, like new years, are a great time to reflect and take stock. What do I want this season to yield? What do I need to do to get closer to my goals and dreams? How can what I am doing help me be who I am called to be? Journaling over the past

What are the words in your cloud…

April 2017 Word Clouds are very popular these days. They are a visual representation of language meant to make a powerful statement or evoke a certain feeling. Marketers love that. They are hoping you will connect the feeling you have with the company or product they are selling. The words tell the story. Thinking about

Living with intention…

When I picture myself being connected to the universe, I see myself as a bucket submerged in the ocean. The whole ocean flows through me – I am part of the whole. Contrary to that, when I am living more day-to-day, it is as if my bucket (my life) is suspended over the ocean. I

What dreams may come…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech is arguably one of the most familiar of our generation. According to historians, it was not even the speech he prepared to deliver that day. But, the day was long and the journey longer. The hangers on knew that, in the end, all that mattered

Thoughts for the new year…

Something I wrote in January 2012 when my life took an unexpected turn and my world of possibly opened widely. Who am I… On an earth level, I am an educator, a poet, a writer; a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife. I am optimistic, an opportunist; a healer, a crone. On a soul

Endings and beginnings…

  This week I saw a series of pictures of the moon taken at the same time each day for one year, then collated into one photograph. The various phases of the moon, taken over time, formed the symbol of infinity. Think about that for a minute. The moon’s cycles follow a pattern (each day,

Holding space…

  People need to feel loved and accepted where they are now. Sometimes that place (now) feels uncomfortable, which is often what brings people into therapy. It may not be one particular issue that has brought a person to this particular juncture in life. Rather, it may be a culmination of events that leaves a

Leaning in to a “dark night of the soul”…

We have become a society obsessed with perpetual happiness. It has become the benchmark for measuring everything – our mental state, our success, even our world. The World Happiness Report has been ranking 156 countries by their happiness level since 2012. They released their 2016 report on March 2nd – World Happiness Day. (Yes, we

Becoming resilient…

Recently I read that believing life will be fair because you are a good person is like believing the bull won’t charge at you because you are a vegetarian. Life can be challenging whether you are a good person or not. You can do the right things or keep a positive attitude but that does

The masks we wear…

Every day I see people struggling. Regardless of the reason for the struggle (death of a loved one, parent with dementia, loss of a job, a battle with depression or anxiety), people also struggle with how they are measuring up to some invisible standard they or society has set. In our struggle to measure up,

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