Dancing with Your Shadow

Dancing with Your Shadow

Are you an emotional masochist? Do you regularly flog yourself with negative self talk, worst case scenario thinking, defeatism and shame? Do you then berate yourself for these tendencies? Truth is, looking on the bright side isn’t necessarily helpful or even...

Learn to Love Your Body

Learn to Love Your Body

What if you gave yourself permission to be beautiful? Not in the lofty sense of appreciating your “inner” beauty, but in a way that truly celebrates your physical beauty. It sounds simple but it’s not. At least not for many. Not in a culture that presents messages...

Awakening to Privilege

Awakening to Privilege

Against the Grain I furtively slipped the letter onto Rose’s desk just as the class was heading out to recess. I immediately heard a tinny voice from behind me ask, “What’s that?” Oh, dear God, it was Janey. My face flushed hot and I mumbled, “Nothing.” But Janey...

6 Ways to Honor Your Inner Child

6 Ways to Honor Your Inner Child

“Waaah, I don’t want to!” “It’s not fair!” “You can’t make me!” Three months into this pandemic and some of us are really starting to sound like whiney children. Truth be told, we’ve ALL felt like whiney children at times. Our world has been turned upside down....

7 Tips for Black Sheep

7 Tips for Black Sheep

You feel like an alien amongst your family. They criticize and ridicule you. They constantly misunderstand your intentions or perspective. You shrink down to a tiny, awkward version of yourself whenever you’re in their presence. You avoid being around them. You don’t...

An Extrovert’s Guide to Surviving Quarantine

An Extrovert’s Guide to Surviving Quarantine

Being alone is hard for anyone when there's no other option available. Loneliness is painful and debilitating. It's even worse for extroverts who thrive on face to face interaction with others. My heart goes out to you as I know quarantine is a special kind of torture...

Healthy Eating for People Who Hate to Cook

Healthy Eating for People Who Hate to Cook

I don’t like to cook. I’m not a fan of baking, I can’t stand grocery shopping, and I don’t enjoy gardening. Basically, I’m averse to almost everything related to food. Even eating often feels like a chore. I realize this is difficult for some people to fathom. If you...

Healing with Bat Medicine

Healing with Bat Medicine

Greed, selfishness, ignorance, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, materialism, artifice, and industrialism have dominated our world culture for centuries. We’ve been out of balance. This is evident in the climate crisis, cancer rates, the massive number of people...

Use Your Body Take Care of Your Mind

Raise your hand if your primary method of self-care these last couple of weeks has been weeping into your wine glass and curling into the fetal position while binge watching The Walking Dead. You’re not alone. The apocalyptic mayhem unleashed by COVID-19 has us all a...

Thwarted by the Coronavirus

Thwarted by the Coronavirus

My original plan for this post was to write about how people we can’t stand are often our greatest teachers. However, like most plans lately, that was thwarted by the coronavirus. It seems more pertinent to discuss current events. It seems the collective crisis is now...

How to Cope with Panic

How to Cope with Panic

Your heart is racing, you’re sweating, it’s difficult to breathe, your limbs are numb and sharp pains are shooting through your chest. A horrifying sense of dread takes over and you’re certain you’re going to die. You’re not having a heart attack. You’re having a...

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