Hello fellow beings that I share the planet with!
This time of year is a difficult one for many people for soooo many reasons. My joke (that isn't really a joke) is that this season of multiple holidays---where people spend a lot of time with their family of origin, their shared history, their losses, expectations, disappointments, financial stress, etc---keeps me in business!
So for all of you out there who find this time of year painful for any reason, I wish for you abundant self-care and radical compassion.
Before you try to give to everyone else, please take tender care of yourself.
Love yourself so well that perhaps you have a smidge to share with others. Be so elaborately kind and forgiving with yourself that you have an ounce to give a break to the jerk that just cut you off in traffic or to pause and not strangle the family member who let you down again. Be so giving with yourself that you have a teensy bit left over for the hungry, the fearful or the lonely. Restore your spirit whenever and wherever possible. Please snack when you are hungry, drink enough water, sleep enough to do more than just "get by".
I appreciate it when you take care of you...and like you more for it!
I wonder what would happen if you and I committed to meet all of our own basic needs and love ourselves well. Would you have enough energy and strength to live more peacefully with yourself, and thus your neighbor? If you had enough, or more than enough...would you be willing to share? Could this be a path that winds and wanders its way towards peace within, and without?
Wishing peace for all on earth...
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
Lately I've been a curious and questioning observer of societal trends. I'm not at all convinced that all of these trends are necessarily healthy or beneficial to adjust to. I'm wondering, how exactly do we differentiate between the "not healthy" and the "healthy"?
I know that I don't have the answer. But like many of life's questions, I found that when I'm trying to tell the difference between sickness and health, I am guided to ask myself more and deeper questions...
Is this trend/behavior/activity life affirming?
Does it promote positive relationship with self and others?
Is it respectful and honoring of self and others and the earth?
Is it compassionate?
Is it loving?
Is it growth-oriented?
Is it welcoming?
Is it tolerant of and does it allow room for other ways of being?
I'm wondering how others of you out there make distinctions between healthy and not healthy thoughts, feelings, behaviors and activities. I'd love to hear from you...
Wishing you the yummiest possible life!
For folks in the Atlanta area:
On May 30 at 7 PM there will be a screening of the award winning
documentary titled: TRANS. This movie features the stories of several
transgender individuals and takes you on a journey of the joys and
challenges that transgender people face today.
Here are the details:
Date: May 30, 2012
Time: 7 to 9:00 PM
Location: Philip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb, Atlanta
no charge for the screening. The film's producer (Dr. Mark Schoen) will
be at the screening and there will be a Q&A session.
- lore m. dickey, PhD