February 2017

Keep Coming Back

Keep Coming Back

In twelve step programs, there is a saying, “Keep Coming Back”. For me it has to do with breaking down tasks, that feel too big to tackle, into increasingly smaller bits until the currently tiny piece feels doable. At that point it’s just a matter of completing that step. The key is to focus on the directly manageable task. Once it’s done then shift focus to the next bit. Eventually, what previously seemed insurmountable has been tackled, or at least an amount that may seem surprising with retrospection. The portions can get as small as needed. The smallest piece that

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Step by Step

Step by Step

For me, there is joy in the experience of each step as an expression. During my long run today, the focus was inward–feeling and connecting with the body and mechanics; looking for and exploring the boundaries of balance, stability, support, relaxation. I pictured myself running the double marathon on day three of #Ultraman. Energy bubbled up with regularity; thankfully, I was on the treadmill where my pace could be restrained, instead of running away with myself. During long sessions on the bike, in the pool, while running, or even when cleaning the house I’m easily tempted to be carried off

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High-Quality Connections

High-quality connections

A recent article by a prominent news agency grabbed my attention, “Friend zone: why we all long to belong”. Author Emily Esfahani Smith discusses how belonging–in a relationship or a group–gives us meaning, and that love and care from a parent and/or caregiver are essential for healthy development. In fact, addiction, stress and childhood specialist Dr. Gabor Maté writes that without adequate love, affection, and support during our early development the brain and body become predisposed to addiction which becomes a method for finding the connection we desperately need. Earlier in my life I believed that I didn’t need to

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