Acceptance

Let Go of the Past

July 30, 2019

I was sitting outside on the patio one morning. A foggy mist gently covered the peaks of the Ortega Mountain Range. The birds were singing. My mind wandered back to…

Accepting Love

June 04, 2019

Many of us have worked too hard to make relationships work; sometimes those relationships didn’t have a chance because the other person was unavailable or refused to participate. To compensate…

Be Aware of the Illusion of Control

March 26, 2019

Remember how it feels when we try to control someone else. “I was driving down the road one day behind a car that I decided was driving too slowly,” a…

Detaching with Love

November 20, 2018

Sometimes people we love do things we don’t like or approve of. We react. They react. Before long, we’re all reacting to each other, and the problem escalates. When do…

Accepting Help

July 31, 2018

Some of us have felt so alienated that we’ve forgotten we’re not alone. We’ve come to believe that we have to do it ourselves. Some of us have been abandoned.…

Doing My Part

June 19, 2018

The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard—one that thinks too much. — Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh The…

Gratitude Isn’t Denial

May 22, 2018

Gratitude isn’t denial. We can practice gratitude without denying how we feel. Sometimes we do need to change the circumstances in our lives. But we usually can’t do that until…

Holiday Triggers

February 27, 2018

One year, when I was a child, my father got drunk and violent at Christmas. I had just unwrapped a present, a bottle of hand lotion, when he exploded in…

Awareness

May 23, 2017

When we first become aware of a problem, a situation, or a feeling, we may react with anxiety or fear. There is no need to fear awareness. No need. Awareness…