The Gift of Self-Compassion

One of the ways we can help ensure ourselves of a happy old age is build self-compassion. In people who have learned self-compassion, studies have shown them to have less anxiety and depression, increased psychological strengths and positive emotions, a greater ability to forgive, and an increased ability to navigate difficult life events. Since our lives consist of successes and failures, self-compassion gives us a “soft place” to land each time we fall. It puts our mistakes and failures in perspective.

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What are Noetic Sciences and Why Do They Matter?

In 1971 a U.S. Navy captain and aeronautical engineer named Edgar Mitchell was on a mission to the moon, called Apollo 14, with a team of fellow astronauts. America’s space program was a technological victory of historic significance and many new discoveries in space...

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Becoming Disabled is Part of the Human Life Cycle

Most of us are not born with a disability, but we are almost guaranteed to experience being disabled sometime during our lifetimes. A disability can come in the form of a badly broken leg, as my husband recently experienced this year, or an injury related to a car...

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Your Voice, Your Choice, Your Ceremony

One of the best parts of being a celebrant is the variety of people I work with across a wide range of special ceremonies, rites, and rituals. Here’s a small sample of the milestones I have helped people honor in the past two years: • Officiated at four weddings in...

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The Parable of the Pencil

I spoke at a caregiver conference a few years ago, and after I had finished, some of the audience came up to chat with me.  One of them was an elderly man who waited patiently while holding a folded paper in his hands.  I learned that he was a retired minister who had...

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Things Are Only Impossible Until They Are Not

With due deference to Jean-Luc Piccard, Captain of the Starship Enterprise who said that line, try and wrap your head around the words in my title.  If you are like me, and many of my friends, colleagues and clients, you have probably told yourself at least a few...

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Growing Older Gracefully

The word “graceful” means “characterized by beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech.”  Those who age gracefully share an attitude and behaviors that are admirable, pleasing, and elegant to themselves and others.  Here are three traits they have in common: A spirit...

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To Be or Not To Be: A Flip of the Coin

A friend called last week and expressed frustration about a key career decision she has been weighing for months.  The question was this: Should she invest the time and money it takes to formally study to become an ordained minister, or not? Obviously, there were pros...

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How to Create Graceful Transitions

A client recently wrote eloquently to me about a mindful transition she had made with a calm heart, a clear mind and some suggestions from me about the ceremonial aspects.  The transition centered on getting rid of an old sofa and replacing it with a new, smaller...

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About Elaine

I love teaching and my personal mission has revolved around the roles of teacher, writer and coach. I first worked as a therapist in alcohol/drug abuse counseling where I learned the meaning of holistic health – we cannot seperate the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of an illness if we are to help create the conditions for getting well and recovering.

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