I serve alongside a mobile outreach in New York City that does, in my opinion, the best job out there when it comes to treating people with dignity and seeing them as individuals who matter. The thing is, our guests see this also, and it's the reason many of them come to us. At the … Continue reading The Power of Connection
I read something recently that was written as a guideline for a meeting. At first, it felt rather restrictive and I felt intimidated by it, and afraid to share input if I would happen to have any. But then I went back over the guidelines and could really appreciate that they were written to keep … Continue reading Are You A Supportive Listener?
Practicing wholeness amidst your actual reality is a very different animal than practicing it when on vacation away from reality. There's been little practice and little wholeness in the days since I've been home. Survival mode, mindless eating, severe tension headache a la TMJ, bad dreams, avoidance, panic at Home Depot on aforementioned paint errand, … Continue reading Thirty Days of Practicing Wholeness: Day 11
Day 6. I went down to the water's edge first thing this morning. The beach was delightfully void of people, and the water was begging me to go deeper with its warmth and persistent, rhythmic persuasion. Come. I have to return home for good later today, and dread is knocking at the floorboards of my … Continue reading Practicing Wholeness by the Sea
1.) I've realized quickly that I need to focus on a goal of progress, not perfection. As soon as I start getting perfectionistic about it, the wholeness piece actually goes out the window. It becomes, then, about ticking boxes instead of Being. 2.) A single worry tends to explode into the confetti of a thousand … Continue reading Thirty Days of Practicing Wholeness: Day Five Observations
Day One I'll just say right outta the gate that I'm not clear at all about how this will look. I know that this month is a challenging one for me, and so I decided to make a project of it. Of me. Intention: To be deliberate about seeking wholeness in my mind, my spirit … Continue reading Thirty Days of Practicing Wholeness
I was using the restroom at Wawa the other day (Wawa is God's gift to convenience stores), and someone came into the stall next to me. She was talking on the phone, which is always a little bit of a marvel to me - people talking on the phone while using the bathroom, and, to … Continue reading Well, That Was Embarrassing ….
I carry extra pounds. And I wish those pounds could talk, because they have a story to tell, and important things to teach. If these pounds could talk, they would tell you that I started learning to love myself at my highest weight, not my lowest. I did not feel better about myself with less … Continue reading If These Pounds Could Talk
A very brave, strong, courageous friend posted the other day that he may be MIA from social media for a little bit because he was struggling intensely with anxiety and depression. He was practicing self-care, and I sat back and just chewed on the fact that part of that self-care was sharing his current state. … Continue reading I Struggle Too
Someone out there needs to know: You are not alone. The suffering that you do in silence - those pervasive, persistent thoughts that overwhelm you, and the pain you walk around in while appearing to be fine - it is not inconsequential. People care. I care. I care that you are suffering, and that you … Continue reading You Are Not Alone