Making My Own Tracks – Being Adventurous

All photos are screenshots from the National Geographic story about the movie “Tracks.” Click here for more. Rob, I really like what you’re doing. I didn’t understand it before, but getting off your butt and actually doing something for yourself is important for all of us. …. It’s important that we leave each other and […]

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Dancing With Fear – Resting in Acceptance

Friday morning I woke up and clicked on FB before heading out to walk Ashok. My friend Gretchen had posted this: I closed Facebook. I knew immediately some shooter had opened fire in some public place. I just didn’t know how many people were killed or whether it was a restaurant, bar, movie theater or […]

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Breathing Into Fear and Living Anyway

I was exploring the website of The Red Shoes this morning trying to choose some events that spoke to me for the next month or so. Michael Conforti, a Jungian analyst, is coming to lead a workshop at The Red Shoes in August. I have never heard of him, but he is teaching a workshop […]

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Grappling with Worn Out Dreams of Pleasing Others

I had a nightmare Friday night. When I think of nightmares, I imagine those dreams that include violence, abuse and terror. I wake up in fear.. heart pounding …. relieved that it was just a dream. My emotions and reactions to my emotions are escalated as if the events of this dream really happened. It […]

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Transforming Fear – Hindsight in Advance

In my struggles with anxiety, I’ve found a few tools that really work for me. Exercise helps keep it at bay. If I’m in the midst of an anxiety-filled time, I meditate or do a Yoga Nidra practice. Cutting back on sugar and caffeine helps, too. Getting connected with others is critical. But, there is […]

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Midweek Share: Emotional Triggers

Somebody must need to hear about emotional triggers this morning, and it might be me. This blog woke me up at 3:30 AM dying to be written. So, I’m going to listen. I was triggered in a big way a couple of weeks ago. I love the description of being triggered. The trigger on a […]

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Living: Walking Into Fear

I woke up in fear this morning. Right before I woke up, I had this bad dream about Momma. She didn’t die. She just disappeared. I went in a store and was shopping longer than anticipated, and when I came back to the car, the car was gone. My dog, who was with her, was […]

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Girl Talk: The Distorted Image of Ourselves

I had my mid-year performance review last week. I updated my objectives and made comments on my performance the day before to prepare for the meeting. I had this overwhelming sense of shame that I had so many shortcomings when it came to my performance at my new job. I called my sponsor to discuss […]

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Midweek Share: Step 6 – Principle of Acceptance

Step 6: Acceptance The key to Step 6 is acceptance — accepting character defects exactly as they are and becoming entirely willing to let them go. ac·cept·ance [ak-sep-tuh ns] noun 1. the act of taking or receiving something offered. 2. favorable reception; approval; favor. 3. the act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory. 4. […]

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Mid-Week Share: Step 4 – Soul Searching

Step 4: Soul Searching There is a saying in the 12-step programs that recovery is a process, not an event. The same can be said for this step — more will surely be revealed. This is the booger bear, the big one, the step that every new recovering addict is scared to death to tackle. […]

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