Developing the Skill of Self-Compassion

Developing the Skill of Self-Compassion

“If you long for the world to be a saner, more loving place, please be advised that you must start inside. Care for your sick, anxious, exhausted self as lovingly as you want to care for every suffering thing.” –Martha Beck, Like Ten Thousand Knives When All You...
Clean Pain vs. Dirty Pain

Clean Pain vs. Dirty Pain

Back in April, I was in a lot of pain from recurring headaches. Physical pain, yes, but when I really looked at the pain and the causes of it, I realized I was making it worse with my thoughts about it. Dr. Steven Hayes, a psychologist and the pioneer of Acceptance...
Riding the Wave of Grief

Riding the Wave of Grief

On Saturday morning as I was folding laundry I was suddenly overwhelmed with grief. I am not someone who cries easily but I felt the tears coming and I let them. I folded laundry and cried and thought about my loved one. By the time I was finished folding the last...

Cognitive Dissonance III

I’ve been writing about cognitive dissonance lately, on Live to Write–Write to Live, a group blog I’m a part of with 7 other writers. You can check out those blog posts here and here. I thought I was done thinking about—and writing about—cognitive dissonance for...