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What now, rather than why
Saturday, June 02, 2012      4 comments

This blog has grown out of a comment I wrote, responding to a comment on my Be a Warrior blog. (I think that blog is one of my best & most important, up there with Let Me Be Your Mirror and It Doesn't Have to Be Hard.) This is the first time I... Read more
Be a Warrior
Saturday, May 26, 2012      14 comments

When I mention suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, I’m sometimes asked if I’m a veteran. (Maybe they are wondering if I’m old enough to have been a nurse in Nam.) In most people’s minds, PTSD is linked to combat. But there are othe... Read more
I know it's Spark heresy, but . . .
Monday, May 21, 2012      13 comments

. . . I don't track my food. Now I don't object to anyone else tracking theirs. I've heard *many* Sparkers report how tracking is one of their most cherished and useful tools here on the site, and I say more power to 'em! I just don't want to... Read more
Paying Attention
Thursday, May 10, 2012      7 comments

Here's my huddle today: Pay attention to your successes! . . .which makes more sense when combined with today's status quote: "Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from w... Read more
Shedding what weighs us down
Sunday, May 06, 2012      11 comments

We are all passionate pilgrims on the road to an uncertain but glorious future, *shedding as we go* [italics] everything that's a drag, and anything that causes us to pause, second-guess ourselves, or--heaven forbid--turn around and go back." ... Read more
Positive organizing
Tuesday, May 01, 2012      8 comments

When I think and talk about organizing, I often focus on what I don't want--to lose or forget things, what I want to get rid of--the clutter, the junk, the messiness, & how I don't want to feel--ashamed, sloppy, hopeless, frustrated. Positi... Read more
DoF 8: Change as a self-loving task
Sunday, April 22, 2012      6 comments

This will be my last last blog for a while taken from Harriet Lerner's The Dance of Fear, because the library needs this copy back to fulfill another patron's hold. I did finally finish the book, and have written down the pages I had marked--el... Read more
Organizing Issues
Thursday, April 19, 2012      8 comments

I had an epiphany of sorts in the shower this morning, which is where they often seem to come to me, and I hope I can recall those thoughts that flowed through my consciousness some eleven hours ago. I think I had been repeating some of the aff... Read more
DoF 7: Indifference
Saturday, April 14, 2012      4 comments

From p. 52 of Harriet Lerner's The Dance of Fear: [After noting many of the "mental disorders" recognized by mental health professionals, she points out "interestingly, we don't have similar diagnostic labels for folks who fail to get anxi... Read more
DoF 6: Wake up calls
Saturday, April 07, 2012      5 comments

From p. 50 of Harriet Lerner's The Dance of Fear: "A good dose of anxiety about our mental or physical well-being may motivate us to seek help or make a difficult change. ... A reminder of our mortality can awaken us from a psychic slumber ... Read more
DoF 5: Doing things badly
Wednesday, April 04, 2012      4 comments

From p. 36 (yes, we're into chapter 3!) of Harriet Lerner's The Dance of Fear, after sharing several humorous stories of her own battles with stage fright and facing her fear of public speaking, she summarizes some valuable lessons: "I learned... Read more
DoF 4: Shame
Tuesday, April 03, 2012      7 comments

Author and therapist Harriet Lerner suggests that shame, along with fear and anxiety, are the 3 key emotions which fuel human unhappiness in both the personal and political realm. [p. 10] When she first addresses shame on its own, these 2 state... Read more
DoF 3: Courage
Saturday, March 31, 2012      6 comments

From pp. 10-11 of Harriet Lerner's The Dance of Fear: "We can also learn courage, so that our fear does not stop us from speaking, acting, and living authentically. In the words of the late poet Audre Lorde, 'When I dare to be powerful, to... Read more
DoF 2: Connection
Friday, March 30, 2012      5 comments

(Here's my second blog sharing a quote from The Dance of Fear by Harriet Lerner, this one from page 9--yep, still in the first chapter!) "Sooner or later the universe sends everybody a crash course in vulnerability and a lesson in how much ... Read more
Now & no quick fixes
Thursday, March 29, 2012      7 comments

I've just started a great book from the library, The Dance of Fear by Harriet Lerner. I'm still on the first chapter, and I've already found 2 great quotes to share. I may end up buying my own copy, and writing more blogs (perhaps in a DoF ser... Read more

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