I think I’ve corrected some erroneous assumptions I’d made about vulnerability: 1) Not all discomfort is a sign of vulnerability. 2) Discomfort itself is not necessarily a sign that I’m … Continue reading Tight Shoes and Personal Growth
I’ve written about my realization that feeling a sense of scarcity and like the world owes me something is a choice and that I can choose to feel differently. I’ve … Continue reading Still More Grocery Store Lessons: Who Deserves Compassion?
I mentioned in yesterday’s post a recent trip to the grocery store, but I only told the middle of the story. Here’s how it began: So, we’d managed to make … Continue reading More Lessons in Compassion at the Grocery Store
At the grocery store the other day, I was struggling to hold a crying three-year-old with one arm while using the other to put my groceries on the conveyor belt … Continue reading Grocery Shopping: Lessons in Compassion
As I tucked the blankets around my daughter tonight, I asked, “Honey, are you going to sleep with that hat on?” She had pulled a stocking cap down over her ears. … Continue reading Playing “Appalachian Trail Thru Hiker” At Home
It’s possible I’m going through a midlife crisis. I’m only 35, but I’ve always been precocious. There’s this sense that I’ve missed my chance to do something grand, something a … Continue reading My Midlife Crisis, Ahead of Schedule
My sister finds four-leaf clovers. I can search a patch of clover for an hour and not find a four-leaf clover, and my sister can walk up and, without hesitation, … Continue reading Struggles with Self-Compassion
Welcome to the March Mindful Mama Carnival: Mindful Mama Challenge This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Carnival hosted by Becoming Crunchy and TouchstoneZ. This month our … Continue reading Self-Compassion: How Thinking About Bad Experiences Can Make You Happier and More Compassionate
Saturday marked the end of my self-guided 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living). After eight weeks, daily mindfulness practice has pretty much become a … Continue reading What Next?
I’ve been feeling very much off-kilter for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been working hard to just let myself feel off-kilter, but I much prefer to take a situation … Continue reading Sitting With Disequilibrium
Today is the last day of Week 7 of my self-guided Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living). This was the week when I didn’t use … Continue reading An Uncomfortable Silence
So, I made it through Week 6 of my meditation program. (As a reminder, during Week 6, I alternated 45 minutes of yoga and 45 minutes of sitting meditation each … Continue reading Still Here: Week 6 Retrospective and Week 7 Preview