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A 3-Step Process to Reverse Self-Judgment – More Teachings from Tara Brach

Whenever we become caught in a habit of harsh self-judgment, it can block us from vital connection and intimacy.  Breaking free of the blame and judgment that might be harming our relationships – not only with others but also with ourselves – is essential to our resilience and well-being. The beloved psychologist and meditation teacher […]

One Full Year of Pandemic – The Paradoxes of Grief and Gratitude

Today is indeed a strange anniversary, March 15 for me – one full year of sheltering-in-place from the coronavirus pandemic. So many paradoxes this year. Gratitude for a safe, comfortable home to shelter in; grief that so many have died, 500,000 in the United States to date, so many deathly ill, so many stressed and […]

Tara Brach’s Upcoming Program on Radical Self-Compassion

Tara Brach’s teachings on bringing mindfulness and compassion to our experiences of self-judgement and self-blaming are among the most powerful I – and my clients – have ever practiced, transforming the all too common sense of unworthiness or inadequacy into experiences of kindness and acceptance of who we really are, all of who we are […]

Poems When It’s Still Dark Before the Dawn

It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. – William Carlos Williams Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in […]

Pushing the Envelope, Shifting the Paradigms

This post is pushing the envelope at bit on how I teach Resources for Recovering Resilience. I never would have predicted any of this, especially in these times when the world is still reeling from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic (deaths in the United States passed the 500,000 mark last week) and so many of the […]

9,000 Ways to Be a Plant

I went to college near Chicago – long, cold, snowy-icy winters. On campus, crocuses would start to push their blossoms through the snow in late April-early May.  Hope!  Spring! Warmer weather.  Like hope pushing through the murk now as people get vaccinated and the number of new coronavirus cases slowly comes down.  Last week, when […]

Unlearning and Rethinking – the Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant began his research for Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know well before the coronavirus pandemic upheavaled our lives in countless (and seemingly endless) ways. But learning how to unlearn and rethink in a rapidly changing and increasingly divisive world can be as necessary as learning to learn […]

Black History Month – Remembering What We Barely Know

February has been designated Black History Month in the United States since 1976. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain was published two weeks ago. A brilliant compendium of historical accounts, short stories, essays and poetry from 90 writers each focusing on a […]

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