Discovering that I’m Not Alone

Originally Posted on February 5, 2021 It was such a relief to discover that I wasn’t alone and that I was understood. I wasn’t the only person to feel the way I felt. I wasn’t unique and many others had lived my life and had found the support they needed to feel whole. Yes, IContinue reading “Discovering that I’m Not Alone”

Resilience

I remember being told that I was resilient. I knew I was receiving a compliment but I didn’t feel anything except exhaustion. As I think about this, I suppose I felt exhausted because I was coming out of a long and painful transition. I had been successful in the eyes of others but I hadContinue reading “Resilience”

In Alignment

“When you’re aligned with your Soul, you’re aligned with the whole.” ~ Kris Franken Plumb bobs are weights suspended by string and are used to indicate verticality. Egyptians used them to build the pyramids and builders throughout the ages have used them to determine if framing and walls are “plumb” or perfectly vertical. In theContinue reading “In Alignment”

Under the Influence

Whenever I see a rainbow, I feel as if everything is possible. I feel as if I’m truly present and under the influence of joy. When I hear or read the phrase, under the influence, I immediately think of alcohol or drug use but we can be “under the influence” in many ways. How aboutContinue reading “Under the Influence”

The Importance of Community

The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food. ~ Dean Ornish I felt a visceral void within me for years. It was growing and becoming more noticeable. Finally, when it became impossible to ignore, I remember weighing my choices and I’m so grateful I choseContinue reading “The Importance of Community”

Awakenings Happen Every Day

Each morning, we have an opportunity to do more than just wake up. We can truly awaken to reality. Awakenings represent a shift in our perspective. Instead of choosing to live in denial and demanding that everything be as we want it to be, we choose to see everything as it is. We decide toContinue reading “Awakenings Happen Every Day”

Pay Attention When Awareness Knocks

You once told meYou wanted to findYourself in the world –And I told you toFirst apply within,To discover the worldwithin you. You once told meYou wanted to saveThe world from all its wars –And I told you toFirst save yourselfFrom the world,And all the warsYou put yourselfThrough. APPLY WITHIN by Suzy Kassem This poem perfectlyContinue reading “Pay Attention When Awareness Knocks”

When I Look in the Mirror, Who Do I See?

Who Am I? This is a huge question that is difficult to answer because during any life, we find ourselves playing many different roles – one at a time or all at once. So the question of how I identify myself requires consideration, self-compassion and a willingness to hold my identities loosely. My therapist makesContinue reading “When I Look in the Mirror, Who Do I See?”

I Can Fly My Kite Everyday

Flow is an attitude, a mind-set that allows you to feel as if you can fly your kite everyday, even when there is no wind. I clearly remember when I attained the big milestone of 5 years of sobriety – I was irritated and unhappy – not because I had chosen sobriety – I actuallyContinue reading “I Can Fly My Kite Everyday”