Taking small steps to control what we can control and to minimize our distractions helps us concentrate on processing our trauma and deep feelings. Reducing anxiety is reducing anxiety.

In the midst of it all

Thursday, June 2
In the midst of it all It’s tough to feel better when you’re experiencing terror and uncertainty. It’s tough to feel better …
There is something comforting being wrapped up in a huge piece of fabric that hangs from the ceiling. My Gentle Silks class at the Chi Hive with instructor Hilary Chapman gives me the opportunity to rest, build core strength and manuever through the ups and downs of a slump.

Slumping along

Thursday, May 5
Previously in I Just Wanna Feel Better, we talked about habits and the tenacious steps that we have to implement in order to disrupt …
Laurie Stuart assumes a Statue of Liberty pose.

Fake it ‘til you become it

Wednesday, April 6
Previously on “I just wanna feel better,” we talked about habits: habituated behaviors that are unconscious, or second nature. We …

Body image: it’s not all what you see

Thursday, March 3
Previously on “I just wanna feel better,” we explored habits, those unconscious behaviors that we have the ability to disrupt if …

It’s all in your head

Wednesday, February 2
[In last month’s  “I just wanna feel better,” we explored habits. How habits are unconscious behaviors that start with a cue, …
Winning

Do I like winning?  Indeed, I do. It proves how special I am. Winning brings status to my being.  Unfortunately winning is a short-lived victory. 

‘Dayainu’

One of the most popular songs sung at the Passover Seder—the well-observed home-based ritual of the holiday—is “Dayainu,” which literally means “It would have been …

Miracles

I awaken with spring.  I start to notice the halo of fuzz on budding trees, preparing to unfurl their majestic canopies.     I scan the night sky, hoping it will reveal …

Identity

How do I know who I am? The first influences were the family. I embodied the obedient child, desperate for the conditional love available. In those years, the me you would encounter was the …

Knowing

Knowledge comes in different forms. Scientific and intuitive knowledge originate from different sources.  Scientific knowledge depends upon empirical research. Intuitive knowledge comes from …

2022: I’m gonna feel better

At this time of New Year resolutions, of chaos and uncertainty and an amazing amount of stress. I just wanna feel better. —better because I don’t rag on myself that I’m not in …

Silence

Even when I sit for mediation, my mind spins out images, thoughts, and arcane bits of my history.  There is no silence.

December 2021 astrological mood

What is the current quality of time?  Astrology deals with symbols, and symbols have many meanings. On a broad level, we’re all affected by where the planets are now, regardless of how …

Self-Blame

Self-blame is the residual of childhood trauma. The impact of self-blame reduces us to feelings of guilt and unworthiness.