The Art of Contentment: This Present Life

Contentment is a radical choice these days. Our culture is consumer based which means that the world continually reminds us of what we do not have. We follow wealthy celebrities in part to experience wealth vicariously. We almost always believe we could handle it better than the shallow but beautiful people who live out their […]

Three Methods that Helped Me Conquer Anxiety

Door to freedom from anxiety

I became aware of my anxiety, ironically, when suddenly I had less to fear.  I found myself a single mother of four wonderful daughters and free of a narcissistic and cruel ex-husband.  I was so used to feeling numb that when I began to reconnect with my emotions, all the fear I lived with for […]

Me, My Parasympathetic Nervous System, and I

Some people imagine they have the devil one shoulder and an angel on the other, giving competing advice.  For me, I have my sympathetic nervous system shouting in one ear and my parasympathetic nervous system whispering in the other.  One is unreliable but sometimes right. The other gives very good advice that I just don’t […]

When Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work

I hate positive thinking emergencies. They creep up on you at your worst moments. You stand at cliff’s edge, vicious barbarian armies closing in on you. In front of you lies the ocean. Even if you were to survive the sharp rocks that stud the cliff side, there is a sea monster waiting below, his […]