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.

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...

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...

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...

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...