Category: Quick Reads

It’s Not Just You: Pandemic Depression is Real

The first step is acknowledging what we’re collectively experiencing, although our individual experiences and histories do vary. Sharing this article, and check out the additional self-care tips I’ll recommend on my Instagram and Facebook feeds in coming days (as a soon-to-be-fully-retired clinical psychologist but… Continue Reading “It’s Not Just You: Pandemic Depression is Real”

Still I rise

Today I yield this blog to the Congresswoman from the 14th District of NYC, and her sisters of color in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Barbara Lee referenced a verse from this famous Maya Angelou poem and during these difficult times, I think… Continue Reading “Still I rise”

Loving on yourself this Valentine’s Day

Check out this article from Scientific American on the benefits of self-compassion (today and everyday!).

Savoring the small stuff

This morning during a writing exercise, I found myself reflecting upon how frustrated I feel when I don’t have enough time for my creative projects. How painful it feels to start — only to end before I’m ready. Zooming out, I suspect that sometimes… Continue Reading “Savoring the small stuff”

Repetition is not failure

A few weeks ago, I began reading The Book of Awakening, by the poet and teacher Mark Nepo. From the September 23rd entry, he writes: “There is no expected pace for inner learning. What we need to learn comes when we need it, no… Continue Reading “Repetition is not failure”

Meal as medicine

https://newfoodeconomy.org/culinary-meal-as-medicine-mindful-eating-trauma-anxiety-disorder/ A must-read article, which explores the notion that “food, and the very rituals of eating, could also have the power to heal afflictions of the mind.” Check out the following statements by Jeffrey Zurofsky, the culinary director of a treatment center in California, who also… Continue Reading “Meal as medicine”

For 2018

Love After Love The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was… Continue Reading “For 2018”

Inspiration

Wise words, torn from a magazine and pinned to the bulletin board above my writing desk: “My favorite sentence of all time is: You’re not defined by what happens to you, you’re defined by how you handle it.”  Each moment contains infinite possibilities –… Continue Reading “Inspiration”

Dr. Richard Davidson speaks about mindfulness

“The research indicates that these are very simple contemplative practices that don’t require any special tools other than one’s own mind and can be practiced for a few minutes at a time and if they are done regularly, they lead to systematic changes in… Continue Reading “Dr. Richard Davidson speaks about mindfulness”

What’s YOUR story?

Recently I came across this article from the American Psychological Association on the power of the “redemptive story.”  As many of us know, the stories we tell ourselves – the meaning we make out of life events, whether they are positive or painful –… Continue Reading “What’s YOUR story?”