July is BIPOC mental health awareness month…How’s yours?

For an easy mental health boost, download this beautiful design, and color it in, letting yourself put all of your attention on it. See if it helps you to release some tension. Image courtesy of counseling.org.   Systemic barriers, historical adversity and a lack of equitable mental health care for diverse communities are contributing factors…

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“Step outside of the mud, Daniel-san”

Change is Constant I haven’t been able to write a blog in over three months. And now it’s the end of Mental Health Awareness Month (well, that was back in May, and I never acknowledged it), and over a month past the year’s anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and over a year of pandemic shut…

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Tips for Self-Soothing in Testy Times

Detour

How to help yourself to not make things worse. I know stress levels are high right now for everyone. As we are upon this year‘s anniversary of having our lives be turned upside down in ways we hadn’t known before, and having to manage new levels of complexity while we try to move through a…

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A Belated Valentine for My Couples ❤

I was feeling a little blue on Valentine’s Day – or maybe it was more gray – like the dreary sky outside. I was feeling a little sad, a little down, a little “butt-hurt“ as they say, about nothing in particular really, just a feeling of loneliness, feeling a little devalued, and unseen. Again, no…

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Honoring what we’ve been through

This tunnel seems so long… This is a longish reflection of what it feels like to be at this moment in time, with an effort to acknowledge all that we’ve been through. I also share four experiences that have been soul-stirring for me, in the last few weeks, that have helped me to feel connected…

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New Year Mindfulness, a few moments of peace

Whew! What a time. On Friday I heard someone wish a Happy December 37th of 2020, with a promise that the New Year was still to come and would actually start next week. What’s happened in the first week of 2021 has felt too much like the heaviness and challenge that we are all exhausted…

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Thanksgiving ABC’s 2020

Each year at this time of year I try to do this little exercise: Thanksgiving ABC’s, where I list something that starts with each letter of the alphabet that I am grateful for. Here’s my list for 2020. It indicates things I have learned or been impacted by or had my heart touched by. And…

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