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Monkey Mind

Sometimes on Sunday mornings when I have the opportunity, I join in a Sangha group on zoom.  Sangha is a Buddhist community that gathers for meditation, study and mutual support.  In the 20 minutes of meditation that precedes the study topic, I often have what is referred to as “monkey mind.”               According to Buddhist … Continue reading “Monkey Mind”

Narrative

              In the book How To Be Awake and Alive, the authors, a married couple who were therapists, write of a young man in their office speaking about his unhappy marriage: “He loved his wife, but felt compelled to criticize her and put her down.  As the session continued, he was asked about his parents.  … Continue reading “Narrative”

Graceful Exits

            “There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit.’  It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over—and let it go.  It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives.  It involves a sense of future, a belief that every … Continue reading “Graceful Exits”

Resilience

            “Optimism is really rooted in gratitude.  Optimism is sustainable when you keep coming back to gratitude, and what follows from that is acceptance.”  These are the words of Michael J. Fox, age 59, who has battled Parkinson’s disease for 30 years.              In an interview with him I heard this week, the talented and … Continue reading “Resilience”

Forgiveness

“Forgiveness  is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”  So said author Marianne Williamson.  Many of us have experienced this truth. In our household, we often discover a bit of hard, crusty bread … Continue reading “Forgiveness”

Fear

              On a pleasantly warm August evening in 2016, my husband and I took our one year- old grandson in his stroller for a walk in a nearby park.   A dog got loose from its owner, raced past me, his leash wrapping  around my leg, knocking me to the ground, leaving me unconscious and bleeding. … Continue reading “Fear”

Anger

“Anger is a habit.” Years ago, I heard this as I was listening to the radio, hearing someone interviewed about anger.  Anger management classes were trending at that time and  sometimes as a therapist I referred people to them.  But all of a sudden this was about ME and MY anger.  I recognized immediately that … Continue reading “Anger”

Shirley’s Story

As I was about to sit down to the computer to write this week’s blog, I happened onto a story that just seemed too good not to share.  It rivals even the blog from a few weeks ago about the giraffes. Shirley the elephant died last week at age 72.  Hohenwald Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, … Continue reading “Shirley’s Story”

Peace

Years ago I was working for an agency whose financial secretary had been fired after the discovery of her theft of funds.  We were without a director at the time and as senior staff I was tasked with covering a lot of bases, to include making the daily deposits.  There was a teller at the … Continue reading “Peace”

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