I have always been a writer. My journals, if I still had them would date back to October 1st, 1989, the day I arrived in Edzell, Scotland. With the exception of just a few years after my Mother died, expressing myself in writing has been my go-to healing modality. I’ve written poetry, monologues, and bits of dialogue for stage performances. My writing has always been self reflective, and when I thought of writing longer pieces, memoir generally came to mind as the genre of choice. It’s true, writing in a journal or in a blog has been the pathway into my own dark secrets, deep loves, and shadows. [Read more…] about Writing Toward Wholeness: Combining fiction and self-reflective writing to promote healing
My 11-year-old Dog, Ginger died on December 5th. I intended to write here. Perhaps share something about grief, a subject I’m pretty well-versed in and have been since my Mom died in 2013.
Loss and Grief. They’re funny creatures. I wanted to write. I wanted to share. But somehow, my feelings were just too private. Too big in that moment to share with anyone else. They belonged to me. The loss was my own, and it wasn’t for public consumption in that moment. It was almost like I Could Not share them. Like my arms were locked around my sad heart, and the unlocking wasn’t possible in that moment. [Read more…] about A Short Something About Grief
“We have to learn the art of stopping — stopping our thinking, our habit energies, our forgetfulness, the strong emotions that rule us…When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, the fruits are always understanding, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching.
I discovered The Honolulu Mindfulness Community back in 2003, after completing my Master’s program in Counseling Psychology. My favorite professor had introduced me to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, and after graduation I went on a search for like minded folks. [Read more…] about The Art of Stopping
“I have had my vision.” Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
This is Tip #6 in the Wholehearted Living Series…
Have you had your vision yet? What is your vision of your future? What are your dreams? Have you ever taken the opportunity to daydream about what things could look like? Perhaps you have, and you enjoyed the process. Or maybe…well, just maybe you don’t like what you see. Or. Perhaps, you don’t know what you want to see.
It’s all good.
“Awareness is not the same as thinking. It is a complimentary form of intelligence, a way of knowing that is at least as wonderful and as powerful, if not more so, than thinking.” Jon Kabat- Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living
Jon Kabat-Zinn is one of my heroes. I’m not kidding. He is one of the amazing humans that we can credit with bringing mindfulness to the West and packaging it in a way that our Western minds could really latch on to. [Read more…] about On My Bookshelf: Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn