Monthly Archives: November 2013

Giving Thanks

November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Day is my favorite holiday. Period. Many events, large and small across the years have conspired to try and sour this day for me, but no luck. I still love Thanksgiving Day.
I give thanks for  being with family and friends who are like family.
I give thanks for a circle of people where we share our gratitude for what is in our lives that makes …


Gratitude Neurobiology

I will be writing tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, about what I am thankful for in my life, but I was greatly impressed by this blog post by Ocean Robbins on the neurobiology of gratitude – it is impressive! So take a few minutes and read it all. And, enjoy!

“Our world is pretty messed up. With all the violence, pollution and crazy things people do, it would be easy to turn …


Letting Go of the Trauma Drama and Embracing Joy

My mom is here for Thanksgiving and my birthday – woohoo! Plus my nephew Charlie is here as well, interviewing for medical school. My son is on his way home tomorrow, and Carlos and I are so grateful to have such a wonderful group here for the weekend. There is nothing quite like having my family around me.

My mom just sent me an email in which the following was …


Dawn is Breaking

November 13, 2104

Dawn is breaking,
Horizon slowly turning from dark blue to periwinkle at the edges,

I am awakened by potent dreamtime images now forgotten
Leaving me with an uncomfortable feeling in my body,
But familiar in a strange way.
Whispering “Change is on your horizon”
“Are you ready?”

I am reminded as I sit in the half dark that I have been here before
and that I grew …


Courage in Action

November 12, 2013

Having just returned from Trauma Recovery to Ecstasy, I feel the need to speak to the process that occurred across the last week as the participants dived into their healing process and emerged with shining faces and hearts.

This work of healing the nervous system is not easy. It requires deep courage – the capacity to be in one’s heart and to lovingly hold new or …


When Those We Love Are in Need

November 6, 2013

Last week I worked with a client who has just been through a hard time with a close friend. Her friend had breast cancer and as the process unfolded it became clear she needed a full mastectomy. My client has such a warm, caring heart that in the past she has been deeply affected and exhausted by supporting loved ones in situations like this one. In her …