Tag: resilience

Things that help with depression

I’ve been depressed. I’ve written about it before, here and in my book. Off and on and with varying degrees of severity, it was part of my life for over fifteen years. I wondered why I was here at all,

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There’s nothing wrong with you.

Mainstream institutions make money from your belief in the story of your flaws. They need you to think that something is broken so that you can pay them to fix it, whether that pertains to your health, house, or soul.

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Grief is a doorway to compassion

When I was about 16, my small-town world was shaken by the sudden deaths of three people in six months. One was a teacher I’d had for a semester, the victim of domestic violence. One was a student in my

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Are you someone who owns their sh*t?

A client came in really rattled and upset that a man had paid her unwanted attention at a party. She was with friends and felt safe and in a celebratory mood. He was the husband of one of her friends

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Waking up together

Feeling lonely and a little despondent about the state of the world, I got out my drum and asked for some guidance.  One of my beloveds came immediately and sat right in front of me for a chat. She was

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Solstice guidance for dark times

In the northern hemisphere, we are about to enter the darkest day of the year: Solstice.  This day brings the opportunity for introspection and the release of what has outlived its usefulness.  We use the darkness to enter silence and holiness, review

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Barn burned down.

There’s an old haiku, “Barn’s burned down. Now I can see the moon.” I’ve always loved it, because it very concisely encapsulates a core tenet of mine: that in the midst of heartache and loss, there is still beauty. We just

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Little Victories

I found this old divorce-era notebook entry.  It’s something I wrote and forgot about.   I’m making baby steps towards a new life.  Little extractions.  The new EZ Pass, the storage unit, filling out one form at a time.  Taken

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Swan Medicine

Now that the mornings are chilly, I’ve dusted off the winter coat.  I haven’t worn it since March, and when I put my hand in the pocket, I found  — well, a year-old wad of tissues, but also: a stone. 

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The Facebook Organ Recital

“I got sick last night…” “Had to go to the doctor again…”  “Woke up with a sore throat. It’s gonna be a looooong day…” Ram Das calls this kind of thing the organ recital, and it seems to be all over

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