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giving love

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in anxiety, Grief, Highly Sensitive, introversion | 0 comments

It often strikes me that our present-day culture is upside down in terms of values and some understandings. I was recently reading an article in a Buddhist magazine about relationship which reminded me of the wisdom of the native people I have been graced with knowing. The article suggested we have been focusing on procuring love and not enough on giving love in our search for fulfillment. What if we turn that upside down and hone instead our heart muscles- out ability to love. When we fulfill the needs for love for others, we expand...

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The Glorious Dissolving

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in anxiety, Grief, Highly Sensitive, introversion, Relationship, Spiritual, supervision, trauma | 0 comments

The Glorious Dissolving Side by side laying with my love in the sand we absorb the heat and courage for a final swim in the cold clear blue lake in early October. The shocking elation of immersion in the living waters is worth the numb fingertips. Once welcomed in, my soul awakens as if she’d been asleep and did not know it. Later, I grieve the end of summers last gift The stealth of night slowly converges around the edges of day. And then it is November. Walking in the park, little drops of ecstasy alight on me in the cool air transmitting...

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facing the darkness

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in anxiety, Blog, Grief, Highly Sensitive, introversion, Relationship, Spiritual, supervision, trauma | 0 comments

I dreamt the other night that I held in my hand a bright true blue light. At the center was a globe of white surrounded by a thin rim of gold- yellow. The light trembled and radiated in my hand.  I felt its healing force and in that force was an inexhaustible, vital, irrepressible joy. We cannot bring light into the darkness unless we approach the darkness and look at it.  We cannot escape our own darkness or the darkness in the world. Facing and transforming our darkness with light brings growth, liberation and, yes, joy. Our growth and our...

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Beyond the superficial

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018 in anxiety, Blog, Grief, Highly Sensitive, Relationship, Spiritual, trauma | 0 comments

Seems like fate now. My first work was with older adults. And I trained as a hospice volunteer in my early twenties. Later,  I was hired as a mental health counselor working with elders.  Initially when I started visiting people in nursing homes I was depressed. Nursing homes are a sad facsimile of home. These institutions dressed up as shabby homes are rife with tragedy, decline, loneliness, fading beauty and gathering weakness. It was a lot to carry in my heart. Still, in some cases these places hid the hidden gems of compassion and...

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Dream healing

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Creativity/artists, Featured, Grief, Highly Sensitive, introversion, Relationship, Spiritual, supervision, trauma | 0 comments

Dreams are potent guides, teachers and a healing modality. Recently, I assisted Dr Ed Tick at a dream workshop. In ancient Greece there were dream healing practices at elaborate temples with specific protocols to assist people in gaining guidance and healing from a dream. There is so much available to us for enriching our lives and many ways to heal. The synchronicities in the room of dreamers amazed each of us. When we can drop our egos for the sake of a deeper searching of the psyche (soul) we see the ways that we are profoundly...

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Alleviating loneliness

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in anxiety, Blog, Creativity/artists, Featured, Grief, Highly Sensitive | 0 comments

We live in an era of loneliness. Suicides have gone up 30% over the last 30 years. Why is this? Studies suggest we have overemphasized self-reliance and underrecognized our need to connect, to bond which is primary to every living being. Let us remember the richness we are a part of. How do alleviate loneliness? In part, the solution lies in a change in our way of thinking about the fundamentals of life. We are profoundly interconnected with one another as well as with the earth. We are not merely self-serving aggressive beings out for...

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Grief

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Blog, Grief, Highly Sensitive, Spiritual, trauma | 0 comments

Grief is a miserable experience but it is also bittersweet because it attests to the depth of our bonds and our love. When the unexpected happens we are suddenly shaken from our everyday routine, from what seems normal.  We are shaken whether an event is a loss, a lost friend, a death, the end of a dream. We realize how little is out in our control. Major change is a dizzying feeling as if we are spinning in a whirlpool going down and down turning around trying to find our way in wild and crazy waters. Grief is as sharp as a stab by a sword....

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Moving toward joys

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in anxiety, Blog, Creativity/artists, Highly Sensitive, Relationship, Spiritual, supervision | 0 comments

I wake up in the morning and sometimes I’m drawn in by my curiosity to watch the news. This actually is not such a good idea, so often I have the discipline to quickly turn the TV off and avoid the latest fascinating horror. Instead I go outside, even in the rain, and look at the sky and feed the birds. It’s much better for our nervous systems for our sense of connection in the world to take time to be and to use our senses to connect with our environment, to renew us and fill us up. Connection and our senses move us towards joy....

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reclaiming all of our Being, left and right

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in anxiety, Blog, Creativity/artists, Highly Sensitive, introversion, Relationship, Spiritual, supervision, trauma | 0 comments

  Let’s claim or reclaim all of who we are. For thousands of years we lived closer to a way of life that revolved around relationship and being. There is a fascinating book and corresponding Tedtalk called My stroke of insight by Jill Bolte-Taylor. Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor is a neurophysiologist, an expert on the brain. She describes her catastrophic stroke that occurred in the left hemisphere of her brain. Although it’s an oversimplification, in general, the two hemispheres of our brain have distinctly different capabilities...

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“learning disability” or other ways of perceiving

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in anxiety, Creativity/artists, Highly Sensitive, introversion, Spiritual, supervision, trauma | 0 comments

I often wonder if people who have learning disabilities or other kinds of  perceptual differences are being locked into a label based on a narrow understanding of reality? There are a plethora of ways to know and perceive. How exciting this is. Off hand, I don’t know of many famous woman with these traits. Unfortunately, the life stories of woman are so often lost to us in an abyss of outright or subtle misogyny. Although both Einstein and Steve Jobs, famous men, were dyslexic we still consider people who are dyslexic slightly broken or...

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