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How to Live on Earth When You Were Raised in Hell


The Two Worst Things for Mammals Why We Don’t Just Get Over It Already There are times I would wake, after a nightmare so amped on my own adrenaline I wanted to knock myself out with a hammer. “Despair attacks” made me so numb I wanted to slide naked down an iceberg into freezing water […]

Today’s free-write prompt is this: Write a 3-page letter to half-your-age you! What do you want to share with the younger version of yourself? How has the world changed? Remember, all you have to do is write without stopping for 10 to 15 minutes. There’s no wrong way to write as long as your hands are moving across […]

Beach Towel Inspiration or the Free Fun of Free-Writing


I’m sharing a slice of a free-write done last week because I love the way free-writing allows me to make new connections. Often, I choose to write heavy to live lighter because secrets burden the body and writing them down gets them out. However, sometimes writing is simple, basic and playful. That too I appreciate. […]

Cross Post: Christine Cissy White Becomes Nancy Slonim-Aronie’s Ass’t


It’s an honor to work, part-time, supporting Nancy and the Chilmark Writing Workshop. She is one of the Mothers of Free-Writing along with Natalie Goldberg and Laura Davis. I’m so grateful I was exposed to her style, wisdom and heart. I was always a free-writer but had never done it in a group setting until […]

Free-Write Friday: 7/18/2014


“My inner life is an inaccessible landscape when I’m not writing, a foreign and unfamiliar place. It doesn’t feel dangerous so much as remote. I don’t know any other way to get there. The pen lights the way for me – it has always been my only source of illumination. But the further away I drift from the page, the harder it is to get back.”
Dani Shapiro

The Aftermath of Developmental Neglect or Heart Thaw

Grey glacier in Patagonia, Chile, South America

“There are two points in space,” my tenth-grade math teacher said and basically lost me. I was supposed to imagine a line connecting them.  Huh? That’s how I feel about mindfulness now. It makes my head hurt. I listen to the words of meditation teachers because books on the subject sound like “blah. blah. blah. […]

Free-Write Friday: July 11, 2014

Every Friday, I’ll offer an invitation for you to write for ten minutes to twenty minutes. The only non-rule rules are: 1. Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation. 2. Once you put your pen to paper or fingers on the keyboard write without stopping. The key is to step out of the critical mind and […]

How to Make ANY Yoga Class Trauma Sensitive


More and more is written about the healing benefits of yoga but it is still difficult to find a good trauma- sensitive class. When I saw that there’s an organization called Transcending Sexual Violence through Yoga, I contacted the founder to see what her classes are like. Unfortunately, Zahabiyah Khorakiwala (Zabie) teaches on the West […]

Mindful PTSD, Part 2 or Why I Go to Bed with Rick Hanson & Belleruth Naparstek


Mindful PTSD. Part 2 I joke that my life is a whole lot better since I’ve been going to bed with Rick Hanson. It’s true. He’s in my bedroom every night as my invited guest. I take him into the deepest parts of me almost as soon as I get under my covers. But what I […]

Free-Therapy Sunday / What I Wish I Knew Sooner

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          This is easier to see on Pinterest or Facebook.  How does anyone clean their house, swing on a hammock or cook while managing social media? I do not have this system down yet. I WILL LEARN! Anyhow… Let me save you a few decades of healing if you are starting […]

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