How Do I Celebrate the Autumn Equinox?

How Do I Celebrate the Autumn Equinox?

On Friday at 1:20 pm PST, summer will officially end. The fall equinox arrives and so has a time of emotional and physical significance. For centuries the summer was a time of hard work and no play where farmers’ kids began the strenuous task of helping out on the family farm. Summer was sweaty and […]

You Are Not Responsible for Everyone All of The Time

You Are Not Responsible for Everyone All of The Time

I was stressing out last weekend because I had overcommitted. I had promised my time to three people and now crunch called for two phone calls. Am I letting them down? Will I disappoint them? Will their feelings be hurt? Will they be alone on a Saturday because of me? Will they label me just another […]

3 Simple and Scientific Steps to Reduce Anxiety

3 Simple and Scientific Steps to Reduce Anxiety

Six years ago I was considering taking anti-anxiety meds. As you learned in last week’s post, I danced the anxiety dance for almost two decades. By the end of 2010, I bit the bullet. Two pills a day and the constant hum of worry was replaced with numbness and a low degree of self-hatred. I […]

How My Big Brother’s Death Taught me to Meditate

How My Big Brother’s Death Taught me to Meditate

Today is my big brother’s birthday. I won’t be celebrating with him because the man has been in heaven for quite some time now :). I will celebrate him in spirit though, with a gift he gave me when he died: meditation. I was overwhelmed with grief, but my kindergarten brain came up with a way […]

Healing My Anxious Heart (A Little Girl’s Birthday Wish)

Healing My Anxious Heart (A Little Girl’s Birthday Wish)

She threatens to end us, but fear is waiting to set us free. Hi lovey, This weekend I ate something that made me cry (scroll down for details). Cafe Gratitude names their menu items after I AM statements: The breakfast nachos are called I AM FESTIVE. The lentils are called I AM HUMBLE. You get the idea. This […]