Category Archives: healing

growing, coping, coming to peace with the world

The Metropolis Within

There is more going on in your body at this very moment than in all of downtown Tokyo at rush hour. Continue reading

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You Are Loved

If you’re like most people, you have no idea how much you are loved. But you are, and I can prove it. Continue reading

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Come Home to Your Body

Why don’t we spend more time in our bodies? Life has lots of ways to separate us, to send us on long trips into worlds of thought, emotion, or pure distraction, trips from which we may never come bac.k Continue reading

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Not Really Yours

Recognizing that we don’t own our feelings can be intensely liberating. Feelings come from somewhere. They are a reaction to something, but they are not our property. My usual reaction to the world’s problems is sadness or melancholy. The sadness is real, but it is not mine. Focusing on sadness is just a habit I’ve picked up. Nothing bad will happen to me or anyone else if I put it down for a while. Continue reading

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Because It Can’t Last

“Do not confuse value with permanence.” – Irvin Yalom Charlie Jane Anders hosts the Writers with Drinks literary events every month at San Francisco’s Make Out Room. The dimly lit club drips with streamers, glitter, a jumble of art work … Continue reading

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Success and Failure: Partners in Crime

“Success is not a place at which one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” – Alex Noble At age 30, Martin Ramirez left his wife and two children in Mexico to earn money on the … Continue reading

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5 Ways of Looking at Yourself

These five meditations will help you step outside your mind. You can see things differently out there.  I suggest trying one at a time over a series of days to see which you like. Some may not be right for … Continue reading

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The Music of Life

Last month I was at a clinic getting my blood drawn. The Jamaican lab tech was singing the whole time. Her voice cheered me up and relaxed me. I asked her why she sang, and she said, “I just like … Continue reading

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Everyone on Earth

Three things you might not know about the people you share this world with: 1. Everyone on Earth is here to entertain you. Enjoy the show. 2. Everyone on Earth is here to teach you something. Pay attention. 3. Everyone … Continue reading

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Unwanted Blessings

When painful things come to you, look deeper. They may be blessings in disguise. When my friend Nora was 24, she married Fredrik, her tall, good-looking high school sweetheart. She supported him through medical school and residency in San Francisco, … Continue reading

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