Hope Lost and Found

I remember when I nearly lost hope completely. I remember holding out my hand to grab hold of a tiny seed or speck and I thought to myself: Even if hope is only this big, I can hang on. And I remember thinking: If the stories I’ve heard about hope are real, I can keepContinue reading “Hope Lost and Found”

Anxiety and the Healers Who Show Up

 “Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it— just as we have learned to live with storms.” – Paulo Coelho What does anxiety feel like in the midst? Here’s my journey and a bitContinue reading “Anxiety and the Healers Who Show Up”

Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness

I recently began working at a local homeless shelter and addiction treatment facility. I interview prospective students who want to join our year long program. When asked to share a bit about themselves and why they want to be part of the program, most often I hear haunting words that echo through my soul: IContinue reading “Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness”

Anger: Let’s Process

“Rage — whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders’ insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us — is a powerful energy that, with diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.” ― Bonnie Myotai Treace Oh hey, Anger! Let’s process. Let’s let go of the words and whispers we’ve heardContinue reading “Anger: Let’s Process”

Grief: I Grant You Permission to Be Fully Human

Grief. There is not a wrong way nor a right way to fully grieve. I do believe, however, that many of us were taught that it’s not okay to grieve. Not truly. Years ago, I attended a group therapy workshop. The goal: to fully grieve a loss. Each person in attendance was dealing with loss.Continue reading “Grief: I Grant You Permission to Be Fully Human”

Abuse will not be Silent

I am going to keep sharing. I have to. Because I am now free. But there are many women who cannot break free from abuse they face on a daily basis. I know the hopelessness, the loss of dreams, the inability to move from one’s bed, couch, home. I’ve known the deep dark pit ofContinue reading “Abuse will not be Silent”

Politics Schmolitics: Where’s the Love?

Are we so intent on being right, that we are willing to hurt the hearts of others? I don’t want to be right if being right takes the place of showing love, forgiveness, grace. Are we so determined to win at all costs, that we are willing to destroy our own peace of mind? AtContinue reading “Politics Schmolitics: Where’s the Love?”

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