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12 Things We Tend to Forget About Life, Love & Healing

Inside each of us exists a book of truths, which contains timeless knowing that will bring us comfort, knowledge and guidance. This is the kind of guidance we cannot find from outside ourselves, so thank goodness we will always have this book of truths to rely on as a compass.

Let this list remind you of what you already know about life, love and healing, but tend to forget. Sometimes there is less we need to learn and more we need to remember.

1. The point of power is always now. We can take a deeper breath in this moment. We can put down what will harm us and pick up what will heal us in the now.

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She Let Life In (A poem)

Her body was tired yet her mind was awake.

She was tense from what ifs and tired from what was.

The other way wasn’t a spoken word in her neighborhood, it was a silent passage of a different curriculum..if only it was taught in school.

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For Those of Us Who Have Been Called “Too Sensitive”

Have you been called “too sensitive” or “too emotional?”

Have you felt different from others for much of your life?

Are deeply affected by things?

Do you consider yourself an emotional person?

Do you feel as though you have a more keen intuition than most people?

Do you struggle with addiction?

Do other people’s moods affect you?

Do you experience anxiety and/or depression?

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The Dark Side of Sensitivity

Some people are far more cognizant than others but sensitivity has its own cross to bear and ample insight, in many cases, can bring on disquietude. ― Donna Lynn Hope

Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is both a gift and a curse.

A heightened level of sensitivity that comes with being an HSP allows us “Sensitives” to experience life in a more deep and meaningful way.

We are truly in it.

Beauty can bring us to tears and happiness can feel like elation. Having the ability to easily anticipate others needs, along with ample doses of empathy and compassion, makes us wonderful caregivers, healers, teachers and lovers. Our sensitive and inquisitive minds allow us to experience a rich inner life, of which, we can ponder its’ meaning as we ride the subway to work.

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10 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep No Matter How Stressed You Are

My highly sensitive friends know the frustration of lying awake in bed with a busy mind or achy body. A twinge of worry or an unrelenting thought can keep us awake for hours. We're familiar with the nagging noise in the other room, or the footsteps on the floor above that keep us from drifting off no matter how tired we feel. We know the draw of caffeine and sugary foods when we finally pull ourselves out of bed. And there's often the "don’t cross me" feeling that might emanate from us as we walk into the world after a crappy night's sleep.

Undoubtedly, all of us will experience bouts of insomnia at some point in our lives. The stresses of life and work deadlines will leave anyone tossing and turning. However, for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), approximately 20% of the population according to researcher Elaine Aron, a good night's sleep can be more of an enigma than a simple part of everyday life. Having a more sensitive nervous system lends itself to a predisposition toward insomnia. Sleep requires us to be in a deep state of relaxation, which is not easily attainable or familiar to an HSP.

While us sensitive folks may not have the ability to doze off at the drop of a hat, we can certainly get the shut eye we need by creating an environment that's conducive to deep relaxation.

Try one of these tips tonight for sweet dreams and a peaceful slumber.

1. Emphasize relaxation 1-2 hours before bedtime.

In the evening hours, decrease stimulation as much as possible. Dim the lights and slow things down. Do something you find relaxing, such as reading, practicing gentle yoga, taking a bath or talking about your day with your partner. As much as possible, make relaxation the theme of the evening. If certain tasks are unavoidable, then practice doing them in a relaxed manner.

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SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE

I want to share with you a question that’s has been on my mind lately: If a scale is simply an electronic device, then why, as evolved, intelligent and successful human beings, do we let it dictate our thoughts, moods, actions, clothing choices, relationships, and overall precious life?

Because, whether we’re aware of it or not, when we step on the scale, we are weighing more than just our physical body.

So why weight? A finite number on a scale is easier to face than the messiness of life: the uncertainty, unexpressed emotion, pain, and experience (think anger at your boss, discontent with your relationship, questions about your purpose); all of the areas that aren’t tied up into neat little bows.

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