It Takes Guts to Date with a Brain Injury

It Takes Guts to Date with a Brain Injury

I wrote these words a while ago. I hope they may help you meet the challenges of dating with a brain injury with some mindful self-compassion.  Nearly three years after my ex ended our long marriage, I began online dating. If the connection progresses, there’s the...
Sink In!

Sink In!

Learning to be mindful is nothing like learning to ride a bike. We don’t learn it and are done. We learn core concepts over and over again. We practice the skills we learn over and over again.   I have many ‘mindful journals’ where I jot down my teachers’ wise words...
Tend or Befriend Pain

Tend or Befriend Pain

I don’t know about you, but after my car accident I tended to hyper-focus on physical pain in unhelpful ways. I’ve learned over time that it’s important to distinguish between pain that needs my attention i.e. I must attend to, and pain that I must befriend i.e. pain...
Ode to My Teacher

Ode to My Teacher

  Written January, 2022 People around the world feel the passing of our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He taught me so much but perhaps most of all I am grateful that he taught me to love everyone. I have been an activist all my life and so often this has meant...
You are Always in Choice

You are Always in Choice

From the get-go I modified mindfulness practice to meet my needs. I didn’t have the language for it at the time, but now I see that I was/am focused on nervous system regulation. Simply put, this is a fancy way of saying ‘calming myself down’ if I am anxious or...