Helping Someone Help Themself

Have you ever tried to help someone who doesn’t seem able or willing to help themselves? Frustrating, isn’t it. You might see clearly what changes your friend could make to alleviate or completely remove their stress and emotional pain. But what they seem to want is for the world to change around them, to enable themContinue reading “Helping Someone Help Themself”

Changing the Emotional Weather

  It’s one thing understanding that peace and joy come from within. It’s another thing to actually feel the radiant glow of those positive emotions when clouds of negativity seem so determined to cast their shadows. Emotions can feel as uncontrollable as the weather. While reading Anthony De Mello’s book Awareness, I was inspired toContinue reading “Changing the Emotional Weather”

Healing a Post-Marriage Relationship

There’s a couple I know who divorced a few years ago, separated over ten years ago, and have several children together. They both have good relationships with their children.  The couple relate to each other by avoiding each other as much as possible. When they first split, there was a mixed ability to have reasonableContinue reading “Healing a Post-Marriage Relationship”

Newton’s Law of Politics

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Newton’s law is as good an explanation as any for what is going on in American politics these days.  With two months left to go, the red and the blue armies, the colors of this political civil war, are exaggerating, misrepresenting and just plain lyingContinue reading “Newton’s Law of Politics”

Reiki and Calpol

Last Saturday my three year old son woke up unwell. He was listless, even his lips were pale, and there was vomiting.  We considered taking him to Kdoc, since our GP was gone for the weekend, but we thought we’d monitor him for a bit first before taking that step. When his tummy settled theContinue reading “Reiki and Calpol”

The Power of Self Forgiveness

Is anyone more critical of us than ourselves? As we pass through life we can amass a collection of unattained goals, missed opportunities, judgement errors regrettable actions we took or didn’t take, and other failings. When we hold on to these failings we can let them define who we are: “I’m not able to doContinue reading “The Power of Self Forgiveness”