Choose Gratitude

Choose Gratitude

I’d had a plan to write about the slippery slope of using comparison as your gratitude practice, how it robs you of the joy of being truly grateful. Then I saw some great advice about choosing gratitude over apologies. That lead me to a charming comic of this...
Some Bonuses

Some Bonuses

This month I’ve been sharing a short poem, “Yes“, by the late William Stafford, who taught at a college in the Portland area and was both the Poet Laureate of Oregon as well as the United States. Despite being a poetry-mad teen growing up in the...
Grateful Anyway

Grateful Anyway

Last week I talked with my classes and private clients about cultivating gratitude even when we don’t feel like it. Gratitude is a tool we can use to help lift us up when we’re feeling low. Studies on gratitude practice have shown it improves our sense of...
#MeToo

#MeToo

I last wrote about my experience of sexual trauma. Days later I began to see the first #MeToo posts, first on Facebook, then on Twitter and Instagram. Articles are showing up about the viral explosion of people talking about their experience with sexual trauma on...
Inexplicable Value

Inexplicable Value

Content Warning: discussion of sexual trauma and abuse by parent (mother)   A year ago I responded on Twitter to a hashtag, #NotOK, created by author Kelly Oxford, and spoke publicly about the sexual trauma I’d experienced in the years before I turned 21....