The Minister and Sister Sinner

“Ah. I smiled. I’m not really here to keep you from freaking out. I’m here to be with you while you freak out, or grieve or laugh or suffer or sing. It is a ministry of presence. It is showing up with a loving heart.” ~ Kate Braestrup I remember sitting in a coffee shop twelve years […]

Just Breathe – It’s a Magical Superpower

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn the next time you want to screamthe next time you want to crythe next time you feel all alonethe next time the pain is unbearablethe next time life is squeezing you so hard it hurtsthe next time you have no idea what to […]

Start Again In June!

“Today is the perfect day for a fresh start. Stop delaying, stop making excuses, stop putting it off. Now. Today is the perfect moment. You can change things, you can try. Don’t give up.”  ~ Akiroq Brost I had so many messages yesterday from readers and students and clients all asking me if they could start […]

Is this life of mine my fault?

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Lovelies, I received a very thought-provoking question recently in regard to the quote […]

Coping Strategy #73

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”  ~ […]

Small Steps and A Pep Talk For Hard Days

“Small steps may appear unimpressive, but don’t be deceived. They are the means by which perspectives are subtly altered, mountains are gradually scaled, and lives are drastically changed.”  ~  Richelle E. Goodrich   As most of you know, I am recovering from illness right now. I’ve just finished two months of bed rest and am […]

Find Your Grit

“I learned a lesson I’d never forget. The lesson was that, when you have setbacks and failures, you can’t overreact to them.” ~ Angela Duckworth I’m off to the doctor today. And tomorrow. And Monday. And more after that. Many different specialists, all with their own opinions. I know I’m not going to like some of […]

Sometimes You Don’t Need Solutions, You Just Need To Be Heard

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~  Leo Buscaglia   Ben and I met a close girlfriend for coffee yesterday. We’re each going through quite a […]

Three Key Strategies for Dealing with Life’s Hardships

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s […]

The Art of Surrender

“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life and see how life suddenly starts working for […]

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