Vulnerability and Weakness

Vulnerability and Weakness I had another article ready for this week.  It dealt with frustration and that we choose how we respond when things don’t go as planned.   I had experienced a day in which most things I had planned and attempted didn’t work out. Then I watched a video made by my friend Lauren Trantham.  A few weeks ago I wrote …

Assessments

There’s a saying that what annoys you about others maybe a reflection of you.  I was reminded of that (painfully) a few nights ago.  I’ve volunteered to serve on a committee that is planning a conference in the spring. The first thirty minutes of the meeting were productive.   Participants were discussing the information the chair had prepared, asking clarifying questions, …

Superheros

Have you ever wanted to be a Super Hero/Heroine?  You know the type of person who can navigate the world seemingly “mild-mannered and average” yet when bad things happen (or are about to happen) become someone larger than life with special abilities and magical tools at their disposal. There are times when all my efforts at personal development, mindfulness, re-centering …

Words, Words, Words

Words and Your Brain Words, words, words.  We speak them, write them, hear them, attempt to process their meaning, ignore them, misspell them and more.  Words help us to create our sense of the world and communicate that to others.  Have you ever wondered about the power of words?  How words can impact your brain? We all know that in …

Turning Limitations Upside Down

Turning Limitations Upside Down I’ve been doing some self-reflection lately (like I don’t do that all the time!).  The latest effort has been to investigate aspects of my “story.”  In this case, I’m defining “story” as the beliefs, unspoken rules, assumptions by which I operate each day, pulling them apart as if they were threads in a weaving.  Curiosity without …

A dangerous lack of imagination

“Hate is a lack of imagination” wrote Graham Greene in The Power and The Glory.  That simple statement always causes me to pause and reflect on its simplicity and powerful truth. Greene’s words came to mind when I learned of what happened earlier this week in Florida.  I can’t imagine what goes on in the brain of someone who believes killing another person because they are …

The importance of connection

I’ve been reading a lot of memoirs lately.   I’m intrigued by the stories of other people’s life experiences.  Each book is filled with angst and hope, heartache and happiness. I read memoirs because they provide me with a window into the experiences of another person.  Through that window I am privy not only to the author’s life and learnings, I …

Do You Know What Your Brain Is Doing?

Have you tried to meditate, been frustrated by the constant dialogue in your mind and labelled yourself a failure (or perhaps un-enlightened)?  Have you tried to develop a new skill only to be inundated with the negative assessments of your Inner Critic?   What do you tell yourself when you are operating with the incompetence of a beginner? I’ve gotten …