Monthly Archives: March 2020

Daily Routine Checklist

Here is a recommendation from Dr. Naomi Parrella, family doctor and lifestyle medicine physician at Rush University Medical Center. She suggests her patients make a daily checklist and try to get to all ten items every day if they can, … Continue reading

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States of Mind

Now that we have time to pay attention to all the parts of our lives we are always meaning to pay attention to, maybe we are going to get good at being aware–mindful is the trendy term. A central kind … Continue reading

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Social. Services.

Much of the time we have the luxury of ignoring the profound safety net we have as a city, state, nation, and world. We have the illusion we are doing everything all by ourselves. We forget our dentists, our doctors, … Continue reading

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Sitting, I Say Thank You

Sitting here quietly, I am aware of my breath coming into my body and going out again. I breathe in ……and I breathe out. Because I am breathing, I know I am alive. I say, thank you. Thank you for … Continue reading

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Brain Fog

From Gregory Bateson: Steps to an Ecology of Mind. p. 26: After he tells his daughter he uses about a quarter of his brain: “Daughter: Daddy why don’t you use the other three-quarters of your brain? “Father: Oh, yes–you see … Continue reading

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Regulating the Dysregulated

I have been writing about the work of Dr. Bruce Perry because he is a specialist in helping people who are traumatized. And to some extent right now we all are. Dr. Perry talks about the levels of the brain … Continue reading

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You Only Need One Person

There is a quote by the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh: “When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and … Continue reading

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People Are Helping

Regardless of borders, economies, or ideologies, people everywhere are joining and helping. Scientists, doctors, nurses, paramedics, public health organizations, community social services. Look at how everyone is trying to help. We are, genuinely, a global community. Our economies are interdependent, … Continue reading

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Advice from Bruce Perry

Dr. Bruce Perry is a specialist in trauma, particularly childhood trauma, and stress. He studies why some people are negatively impacted by adverse experiences and some people become stronger. Here is part of his advice. “Connectedness is the key. “Your … Continue reading

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50% is Fabulous

So I was talking to a young woman the other day and she said, “I have figured out 50% of life is fabulous and the other 50% is not. If something happens that I am unhappy about, I just tell … Continue reading

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