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
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.
There are some days that you need to do something simply to demonstrate to yourself that you can and will do it. (it is rarely simple) There are some days that doing the right thing (the thing in line with your values) feels so hard that it's all that you can do to stay in … Continue reading Keep Going
After years of a life lived by rules and fear, this heart-lead living feels too willy-nilly some days. What if I get something wrong? When life is full and my head is buzzing with the noise of it all, it's tempting to turn the volume up and keep the distracting hum going. Dialing down to … Continue reading A Friend Within