Trigger warning: This post includes descriptions of intimate partner violence. Read with intention and take care. First, a poem written by Stanley Kunitz: "The Layers" I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and I am not who I was, though some principle of being abides, from which I struggle not to … Continue reading Explorations of the Self, part 2
The concept of a "self" can be tricky to define and understand. More difficult yet to live...because the self is not interested in what other people are doing, thinking, feeling, believing: it is interested in being itself. "Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth, without complicated explanation." - … Continue reading Explorations of the Self, part 1
I was talking with a friend this evening and remarked how sad it is that we make life more difficult for ourselves. This friend and I share a lot of qualities, which can make for some pretty deep conversations as we share thoughts and explore them together. I am incredibly grateful for this friend, woven … Continue reading Put the Hammer Away
I don't know how life works. I have at various times in my life had theories of how life works. I've thought of it like a machine: put in x, wait 5 minutes, out comes my new best friend. I've spent a lot of time looking for formulas and equations to follow. For much of … Continue reading We’ve got options
I've talked with a few friends recently that have made the courageous decision to seek some help from a counselor for their struggles with anxiety and depression, among other difficulties. They each seemed to find our conversation helpful about how to go about finding a counselor and strategies to try in the meantime, so I've captured … Continue reading Help with a capital H
A recent journal entry: On the way home today I thought: Let's take myself off the hook. No "catching up" - Just getting back into the present and moving forward. Yes, yoga. But not the yoga that I have missed: the yoga today. Not the journaling that I missed: the journaling today. Not the water … Continue reading This one.