Category: Quick Reads

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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 –…

Accepting Difficulty

Anyone else out there struggling to skillfully navigate life difficulties? I’m all too prone to thoughts of: “It shouldn’t be this way!”  Rick Hanson shares some very sage words on how we create additional suffering by pushing away difficult experiences, or attempting to cling…

Overeating? Maybe you need more sleep!

This topic has been coming up more frequently in my individual and group psychotherapy sessions. Many of us aren’t sleeping nearly as much as our bodies need, and improving our sleep hygiene is a relatively easy thing to do. Read on for an article…