Who isn't ready for 2020 to be over? But here's the thing: If you don't mourn your losses from this devastating and challenging year now you'll be dragging a moldy steamer trunk the size of Texas, full of dirty clothes, into the New Year. Mourning is an ancient, sacramental practice that is so appropriate for this time!
It's hard to fight off feelings of unworthiness under the best of circumstances but Christmas, the season of perfection, ups the ante. So let's examine where all this unworthiness comes from. Hint: It's not your fault.
I was as skeptical as most about "miracles" until something in my own life changed how I felt about the mysteries beyond my knowing.
It's been a brittle and brutal autumn. Between the pandemic and the election, I feel lucky to be sane. Nature is inviting us to let go. Here's how.
Transitions are an ongoing part of life. This year we're in the middle of a presidential transfer of power and a pandemic.
All sacrifice should be honored. A story about partners, loyalty, and an unexpected companion in grief at the moment it mattered the most.
When our loved ones die, part of them lives on in us, for better or for worse.
We live in cages of our own making with old habits and patterns that keep us trapped inside belief systems that no longer serve us.
It's hard to stay upbeat in the fear and isolation of COVID. It's particularly hard when you're alone. But there's a technique you can use to hardwire happiness into your brain! It's easy, it's fun, and it really works!
Maybe it's the late-summer heat, maybe it's the political insanity of the 2020 Elections, maybe it's too many days a cooped up in our own minds during COVID, but what's simmering on the back burner of our minds deserves our attention. A slow stew of ideas is cooking just as fall arrives.
Have you been going through cycles of shedding old ideas and jettisoning emotional baggage? Are you widowed or are you recovering from heartache? If so, are you becoming someone new in the process? I examine this idea in my own life after meeting a new friend.
So many things we hold dear are facing extinction during COVID and our prayers are not the only ones God hears.
With COVID 19 on the rise and 4 million ill it looks like American Kids will be home-schooled AGAIN this fall. Here's what might be really good about that!
COVID numbers are disturbing, so is the information about the economy. But how long can we afford to stay hyper-alert emotionally? How long can we allow ourselves to be beaten up by divisive political rhetoric from the far left and far right in the news and social media? How can you find peace in the small things?
What I learned at 23 in my years along the Big Muddy about dancing, racism, and a life that's far from perfect.
Our world as we know it is breaking apart. Do you hear it?
We're rebuilding our lives form COVID one day at a time.
Safe or not, out we come! But it's not quite the same. It's like Noah after the flood or me, when I had hepatitis in the 5th grade.
It's a special day, the day we remember those who gave us life. For those who have lost their mothers recently, the day is especially poignant.
The problem with all this isolation is that we are neurologically hard-wired for social connection, for touch, for communal support. Acknowledging that we're missing these essential social pieces lets us take the first step toward self compassion.
Long-term devotion has such a sweetness to it.
Waste not, want not! An inventive way of eating during the COVID-19 crisis
In a masked and cloistered time, what Easter miracles are looking for you?
Grieving without the comfort of family and friends is very difficult. "Navigating Loss" author Donna Marie Todd shares how to create a private grief ritual you can use at home during COVID-19 isolation.