Losing Our Fear of Rest


I have been having a difficult time writing the “Mindful Monday” posts lately because I’m the opposite of mindful these days. You know how the Buddhist monks talk about the swinging monkeys of the brain, and how you need to tame them? Well, my monkeys have just spotted a jungle gym inside a McDonald’s and […]

14 Quotes on Adversity

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Awhile back I gave you 10 quotes on following your dreams from a little book called “2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.” I wanted to share 10 more on the topic of adversity, because I found them very inspiring—exactly what I needed to propel me forward despite the difficulties I face. I […]

Love After Love


For some inspiration today, I thought I’d post Derek Walcott’s classic poem, “Love After Love.” It has become a powerful text for me in my recovery. The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and […]

7 Ways to Let Go of Regret


You let the woman of your dreams get away. You made aparenting mistake that still haunts you. You quit an okay job only to replace it with a lousy one. You cheated a friend. And on and on and on. You want so badly to reverse the clock and do it again … the right way. […]

On Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” –Mary Anne RadmacherThat’s the gist of this video.To get to the YouTube video click here. Originally published on Beyond Blue at Beliefnet.com

15 Affirmations To Say When You’re Depressed


The self-defeating thoughts that accompany depression are among the most painful elements of the illness. When I’m in the thick of the darkness, I can’t see anything remotely positive about myself. I concentrate solely on my weaknesses. The other day I wrote down some affirmations to say when I’m in this place, to remind myself of my value even […]

On Praying Imperfectly


In Luke’s gospel Jesus tells his disciples this parable: A widow begs a crooked judge for a just sentence against her adversary. After lots of badgering and nagging, the judge says, “Dang, Lady, I’m tired of you. I’ll send your guy to jail if you leave me alone.” The judge is afraid that if he […]

6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

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As a graduate student pursuing a degree in theology twelve years ago, I took a course called Systematic Theology–by far my toughest class–by a brilliant professor who was dying of bone marrow cancer. No one knew she was dying. She kept her diagnosis to herself and, as best as she could, covering up her chemotherapy […]

Working in Quiet Cooperation with God


This passage from St. Francis de Sales (An Introduction to the Devout Life) has been keeping me sane as I second-guess most of the substantial decisions I have made in the last two weeks: Flies harass us more by their numbers than by their sting. Similarly, great matters disturb us less than a multitude of […]

Enjoy the Scenery


I was moved by the comment of Samuel Lopez De Victoria on my Psychcentral post, “If You Build It, He Will Come.” I found his tale to be inspiring because I’m facing so many unknowns in my life right now, and it’s becoming clearer that the way I’ve worked for the last 15 years needs […]