maitri …. unconditional friendship with one’s self. “The question is how do you relate when things are uncomfortable? That’s really the question.”   Pema Chodron One of my favorite teachers explains the Buddhist concept of maitri. While I do not claim to be a Buddhist, I have found their practices/teachings to be most helpful in managingContinue reading “maitri”


Own your power ~ Every storm brings a fresh new beginning. POWER. Personal POWER. EmPOWERed. Disappointment, heartache, physical loss, and betrayal (our inner storms) often leave us feeling POWERless. This week’s card is inviting us to look at our inner storms differently. Rather than feeling frustrated, blaming ourselves or others, and giving up we areContinue reading “power”

breathe in the suffering of others…

Day 18 of the Health Activist Writer’s Challenge sent me to a random page in How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard.  The passage I chose is on tonglen practice (p. 97) “We breathe in the suffering of the world and breathe out whatever kindness, serenity, and compassion we have to give. It’s a counter-intuitiveContinue reading “breathe in the suffering of others…”