• complete & whole

    Many mindfulness practices include the admonition to recognize yourself as “complete and whole”. For people with any number of mental or physical challenges, that does not make a lot of sense. I’m starting to get a bit of a grasp…

  • intention

    Depression and anxiety put obstacles in front of life. With good mental health care and a solid mindfulness practice, these obstacles can be replaced with an understanding of how values lead to committed action.

  • unfinished business

    Mindfulness practice begins with a focus on the breath. Good luck staying there long. But that’s not doing it wrong; it’s just practice. And sometimes “doing it wrong” leads to a valuable outcome.

  • quiet satisfaction

    2020 has been a great year for me that has also taken a toll. Not to mention knowing how awful it’s been for so many people. How happy can I be with the things that went well for me? But…

  • perfection

    Living life perfectly is not about doing things perfectly. It’s about sticking to your intentions to do something, however half-assed the attempt may be. Perfection is an intention, the willingness to live the life you want to live.

  • happy enough for 2020

    The Dodgers won the World Series and my friend won his election to local office. So why am I not giddy with delight? I wonder if this shitshow we call 2020 could have anything to do with that?

  • scratching the itch

    Mindfulness is about learning to focus attention purposefully, not like a dog dragged around by a leash. Learning to be with a small irritation like an itch is an unpleasant but useful way to learn how to also be with…

  • stop and see the change

    Mental healthiness isn’t a quick project. It can happen so slowly, you don’t even know you’re doing it.

  • entropy can wait

    Entropy: the law of the universe that says energy is constantly loss and everything falls apart. Pretty much summarizes depression, too – but it doesn’t have to be. We can put off entropy, not forever but long enough for a…

  • distraction

    Mindfulness meditation involves a lot of being unmindfully distracted. It's a normal thing. The key isn't to stop being distracted but to acknowledge when it happens and return attention where you intend it to be. Gently, kindly.