Category Archives: Affirmations

On wolves and wisdom

One of my favorite teachers is Jungian analyst and cantadora Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  I wrote about her influence on my life before.  I wanted to share more of her wisdom in this post, primarily because I recently visited a wolf … Continue reading

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Something was very different last night. I have been on the fence whether or not to give up going to my Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families meeting.  I was upset about a few things – the time limits … Continue reading

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To no one in particular and to you in particular

I don’t want to live like this anymore (upset, tearful, afraid). I don’t want to keep beating myself up for my failures. I was taught to mistrust my Self. I was taught to hate my Self. I can see, though, … Continue reading

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Nothing and everything

“The great Indian teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj once said, “Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two my life flows.” “I am nothing” does not mean that there is a bleak wasteland within. It … Continue reading

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The Lethality of Loneliness

I just wanted to share an article and some quotes from an article in the New Republic online magazine I read about loneliness. But first, an impossibly long preface: I have known profound loneliness at times, even though I have … Continue reading

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