Observing The Soul: 6 Cries For Recognition

More Care of The Soul Sunday – a new week has begun. So caught up with observing the ‘unfoldings’ that writing a post did not feel like the thing to do. “Observance of the soul can be deceptively simple. You take back what has been disowned. You work with what is, rather than with what you wish were there.”  Thomas Moore The book is Care Of The Soul and as shared the week before last, it is the one in my handbag.  Did you buy a copy? If not, get

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Mental Illness Is Not Taken Seriously

Nobody Talks About It Among other recent college grads, I often hear jokes about the relevance of those pesky ‘Gen Eds.’ “I’m sure glad I know about trigonometry this tax season,” they say. “It’s a good thing I can map constellations, I just wish I knew how to change a flat tire.” Though I am so grateful for the knowledge I gained from my education, I can agree that there are times I wish I had learned things that have more practical applications. One of the biggest areas for improvement

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Depression And Emptiness: My Story

Living With Depression I am very open about having depression. I have spoken in seminars, written papers and poems, shared my struggles with others, but I tend to only divulge when invited to. Because despite the fact that I have come to accept this depression as part of me, other people, even those closest to me, do not and will not understand. I do not like being depressed. Obviously.  If I could choose not to be, I would. But, seeing as it is not going away anytime soon, my only

A Practical Spirituality For The Busy Woman

How To Deal With Sympathy Addicts And Attention Seekers

Spotting An Attention Addict They will vociferously deny that they are addicts or attention seekers, after all they are only on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platforms half the time that we are logged on. Attention seekers are always the last to know or at least confess their game. If you are ready to listen to a litany of complaints, ask a sympathy addict how they are doing and sit your butt down for the answer. This will be no drive-by “I am doing well thank you for

Dude, You Have Cancer!

How Can You Be Happy? Several times during my often frightening challenges with two bouts of cancer, multiple treatments and life saving midnight surgery, I would get that question. Those were very intense times. I still have the gift of 77 medical clips and several large scars that help to remind me of those years of treatment. Once, as I was leaving yet another doctor’s appointment, a regular check up, I was pulled aside by one of the clinic’s administrators who simply wanted to know, “Why are you happy?” Seems,