When life presents themes to me over and over again, I try to take the hint. I've been witnessing friends returning to their roots both literally and symbolically, as well as navigating a "return" of sorts of myself . This concept of revisiting a place, emotion, or relationship as the conscious, aware, and present person … Continue reading A Return to Wholeness
"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." -John Muir Today is the summer solstice and one of the most magical days of the year. I see it as a day when Mother Nature pulls out all the stops. … Continue reading Stepping Into the Light
"Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional." I heard this quote for the first time recently, and it summed up a truth I had only uncovered after years of suffering. Pain happens to all of us through life. Suffering is how we perceive the pain, how we choose to process it, and how long we … Continue reading A New Perspective of Pain
I didn't even know there were 5 stages of grief until a few years into my struggle with complicated grief. Now, 12 years later, I'm glad I didn't because I don't think grief is so polite that it acquiesces to being put into categories. I believe grief to be a raw, amorphous, unique experience for … Continue reading 5 Unconventional Ways Through Grief
I'm welcoming in the world these days in many ways; big and small, internally and externally. While I'm focusing on welcoming in the world, it's reminding me of the importance of welcoming myself. Not just once or twice or occasionally. Daily. Welcome yourself daily to your own world. This can feel awkward, strange, selfish, weird. … Continue reading Welcome.
On a bike ride through a State park, I saw this sign. I read it twice because something just grabbed me about it. There was a huge swath of clear area that emerged unusually amid forest areas thick with trees. Looking at the clear meadow, my husband and I tried to guess at why no … Continue reading Prescribed Burns