When Hope is Too Much to Ask For

Lately with everything going on—the tanking economy, rising COVID-19 cases nationwide, a federal government that toggles between authoritarian overreach, lies, and violence and complete inaction, climate change continuing unabated, increasing racial and economic division, in case you’d forgotten—I have been having some trouble feeling hope. I suspect I’m not alone in this. I want toContinue reading “When Hope is Too Much to Ask For”

Bookends: July 2020

Although July wasn’t really any better than June, and in some ways it was even worse, I find myself in a better frame of mind at the end of July than I was at the end of June. For one thing, my cat died. This in itself is a very sad and super-sucky thing thatContinue reading “Bookends: July 2020”

Habit Experiment: December Recap, January Kickoff

December Recap My goal for December was: 1) Read for thirty minutes a day. I didn’t read every day, but this month did help me to shift my perspective on my Habit Experiment. I’ve not been responding well to the detailed plan, to the metrics and all of that, and I’ve not been keeping to my habits very well. I can thinkContinue reading “Habit Experiment: December Recap, January Kickoff”

Habit Experiment: November Recap, December Kickoff

November Recap My one goal for November was: 1) Meditate for ten minutes each day. The first two weeks of the month did not go well. Not only did I not meditate, I also dropped all of my other habits. I worried I’d given myself too much to juggle all at once (maybe I shouldn’t have had that spectator tossContinue reading “Habit Experiment: November Recap, December Kickoff”

Habit Experiment: October Recap, November Kickoff

October Recap My goals for October were: 1) Get to bed in time to sleep an average of eight hours a night every night. 2) Avoid screens for at least one hour before bedtime. 3) Avoid eating after 7:00 pm. After spending 31 days focusing on my sleep, I think I might hate my FitBit. From whatContinue reading “Habit Experiment: October Recap, November Kickoff”

Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living by Thích Nhất Hạnh My rating: 5 of 5 stars Last month I attended a women’s retreat. At the retreat center, they had these little cards up all over the building with these great little meditations on daily living. All day, the meditations prompted me toContinue reading “Present Moment Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living by Thich Nhat Hanh”

Course Correction: The Little Audacious Plan

I was going to start a Big, Hairy, Audacious Plan on October 1st. It was going to be awesome. It was going to last more than a year and by the end I was going to be fitter, healthier, better rested. I’d know how to play the piano, would speak Spanish fluently, would be submittingContinue reading “Course Correction: The Little Audacious Plan”

What Next?

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 habit for me. I’m making a shift to a vegan diet (this is not part of the program but since starting the mindfulness practice myContinue reading “What Next?”

Sitting With Disequilibrium

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 and reason it into submission if it’s not turning out the way I want it to. I’m a big fan of creating plans. And schedules.Continue reading “Sitting With Disequilibrium”