Sounds like a news headline. Instead it is a reminder I gleaned from an argument, one brought on by pain: physical, emotional, spiritual. I watched, I listened and as observer was able to see without a cloud of emotions dimming my view. On the surface Christine made a request to her husband Ralph. This request … Continue reading Accusation answered with defensiveness always fuels tension.
The weekend weather lent itself to two full days of working in the yard. Starting each morning, early before the heat arrived, the constant breeze enticed me to stay the day. I am most often aware of how blessed I am when in nature, and that certainly includes the yard – even with the weeds. … Continue reading Phantom
When I drive back into Mn from the south, the first time I acknowledge nearing home is at the "Welcome to Minnesota" sign at the Iowa border. I think I begin to breath a bit differently. The second time is when I cross into Lakeville. To me, Lakeville along with the cityscapes of the Burnsville … Continue reading Gift on 35W
Last week a drinking glass took a tumble off the counter and on to the floor. A day later, I noticed a chip in my most often used coffee mug. The next day it was in the garbage can with the handle broken off. As I washed dishes this weekend, I pulled out of the … Continue reading Peace of Broken Glass
Over the last few week I have heard the new spring sounds of my neighborhood. The pond frogs have awakened from their winter nap and started evening serenades. Migrating birds are announcing their return from winter havens, others have begun their spring songs. Meanwhile the pileated woodpecker continues his hammering for lunch. While winter can … Continue reading Revitalizing Quiet
Resiliency tip for the week: Take a deep breath and ask one more question A simple conversation, not about anything in particular - a comment was voiced about something I had said. My gut twisted, I thought, “what?” “Wait, huh??” My neck tightened, a knot developed in my throat, my face felt hot: all in … Continue reading Ask one more question.
I wanted to bring another voice into our conversation on resilience. Tara Brach, Pd.D. is a psychologist, author and teacher. Please find attached her article on feeling overwhelmed. Her writings and podcasts can be found at: http://www.mindful.org/tara-brach-rain-mindfulness-practice/ I don’t know about you, but I can be my worst critic. Over the years I have found … Continue reading Invite Rain