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The Sweetness of Our Aching Grief is Love That’s Blossomed into a Garden

Photo by 2 Bro’s Media Feelings are weird.  They can hide so deeply in the crevasses of time and denial, that you believe you don’t feel them at all anymore. Until a little sticky reminder floats along and yanks them all back out. Like pulling a dead tooth. Finally, you see: Oh. THAT’S what wasContinue readingThe Sweetness of Our Aching Grief is Love That’s Blossomed into a Garden

Toxic Shame: The Insidious Black Hole that can Rot Our Mental Health

Thumbnail: Priscilla du Preez “Shame, when toxic, is a paralyzing global assessment of oneself as a person. When severe, it can form the lens through which all self-evaluation is viewed… Everyone experiences shame at some time, but not everyone is ruled by toxic or overwhelming shame. Some researchers suggest that shame comes about from repeatedlyContinue readingToxic Shame: The Insidious Black Hole that can Rot Our Mental Health

I Blocked You So That I Wouldn’t Feel Tempted to Reach Out Yet Again

Thumbnail: Greg Rosenke I just walked back into a friendship that I knew was bad for me.    I knew how deeply this relationship activated severe anxiety in me. I knew that this person needed to leave my life for a good reason and yet… I couldn’t help myself but to seek them out again. Continue readingI Blocked You So That I Wouldn’t Feel Tempted to Reach Out Yet Again

Manifesto for the Sensitive Soul

Thumbnail: Erica Magugliani Sensitive people, I’m looking at you. I’m tired of us calling ourselves “too emotional”, “irrational”, and “weak”. I’m tired of phrases like “toughen up”, “man up”, and “don’t be so sensitive”. With all of the violence, cruelty, oppression, and harm that occurs every day on this planet, I think it’s about timeContinue readingManifesto for the Sensitive Soul