The Big Put Down

When we feel put down we feel “terminally unique”, as if we are the only person on earth who has been so shamed, so humiliated. I fully admit that some people seem capable of shrugging off this kind of experience (or perhaps they just have learned to bury...

Shifting from Trauma to Purpose

Stress and trauma constantly trick us into thinking they are temporary moments that we can ignore because eventually they’ll just “go away”.  They masquerade as a myriad of emotions that, at the time feel…well, normal.  They worm their way in to our nervous systems so...

Election Year Stress and Trauma

Feeling the election year stress yet?  Wanting to bury your head until it’s all over?  Don’t get me wrong. Stress can be great!  The right kind of physical stress keeps us alive.  Opposing muscle groups in our bodies stress and relax enabling us to breath, walk, bend,...

Stress, Trauma, and Religious Fundamentalism

I’m a big proponent of spirituality as the only thing that makes sense of religion.  Getting in touch with the core of who we are in our souls is, for me, the primary goal of a life well-lived.  One avenue most humans have used to access their spiritual lives has been...

Training Pants

I’ve been taking advantage of our pool for physical training.  I call it swimming, kind of.  I tie a long green foam noodle around my waist for buoyancy.  Then I stroke up and down the pool till I’m out of breath (usually after 150 feet) and go for another round or...