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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

If Robert Frost were still of this world, could I persuade him to rethink his philosophy? Even as the ground is carpeted with evidence that “nothing gold can stay,” I hope this spring morning will light my way through the coming year. 410 more words

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CROCUSES AND EMPATHY

What’s this about April being the cruelest month?* You’d never catch a pollinator saying that! Not in this latitude, anyway. After a seemingly endless winter, with its freezing sleep, the earth is waking up—and I, for one, spend my days diving in and out of crocuses. 627 more words

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THE JUDGMENT CARD, PART ONE

In the Rider-Waite tarot tradition, the twentieth card in the major arcana (the portion of the deck representing archetypal themes) stands for Judgment.

It’s a heavy word, isn’t it? 715 more words

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7 Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

I love journalling. Not just because I like doodling, and scribbling, and getting my brain to quiet down every now and then (read: what, like you don’t have voices in your head, too? 407 more words

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WHETHER YOUR SHOES ARE TIGHT OR LOOSE

For a little over a year, I’ve been aware of, and making use of, a mindfulness technique put forth by Dr. Nirbhay Singh and colleagues. It’s officially called the (unwieldy but descriptive) “Meditation on the Soles of the Feet” and was designed for use with a developmentally challenged, aggressive adult in a community living environment. 487 more words

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TELLTALE AND CELEBRATORY RED

 

Luz, age 8, had come to counseling for help with intrusive thoughts of death and other worries. I could easily relate. I, too, used to feel anxious about things like lava, just because it could be found, glowing and deadly, 404 more words

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13 OF A'S SKILLS

In acknowledgment of the New Year, with its unknown challenges and joys, I would like to celebrate the intelligence and resilience of the eleven-year-old girl who was my first-ever client. 1,265 more words

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