Category Archives: Inner Work

Progress report.

So, how did I do with my goals last week? 1. EAT: Stay under calorie budget 5 out of 7 days. Success! I will say that the two days I went over budget, I went WAY over budget, but I kept my diet in check the other five days of the week. Consequently, I felt read more »

Six objectives in six months.

In my last entry, I posted about these over-arching goals — these parts of my life I wanted to focus on improving throughout 2012. Now, I’ll post some defining objectives, and explain how I plan to reach these objectives over the course of the next several months. By June 30th, I will work towards: 1. read more »

Resting one’s heart on what is true.

“Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it. Only then will you know how to give yourself read more »

The third of January.

In 1985, my little brother, Joshua, was born in the wee hours of the morning on January 3rd. He was tiny and bruised and grouchy, with a large set of lungs and a longing to be held constantly. When my brother was a baby, my mother’s father would carry him around on a pillow because read more »

I need some sleep.

Sleep is an area I have historically struggled with. From a very young age, I seemed to “need” less sleep than my peers. I wasn’t really interested in napping, I liked to stay up late, and I liked to wake up early. In high school, I’d get to bed around midnight, and I’d wake up read more »

Sometimes, I cheat at meditation.

I confess — I am not the best at meditation. Really, I can only meditate for five or ten minutes at a time, and generally those five or ten minutes are not nearly as mindful as I would like them to be. Nine times out of ten, I fall prey to my wild “monkey mind” read more »

The Healthy Mind Platter.

The Healthy Mind Platter was developed by David Rock along with Daniel J. Siegel , M.D., as a visual reminder of what a “healthy diet” for the brain would look like. It was a sort of response to the US Department of Agriculture’s “choose my plate” pictorial example of food groups as a tool to read more »

What my mornings look like.

I begin each morning with a very specific routine — a combination of three activities: Morning Readings, Morning Pages, & Morning Meditations. These are very simple activities, and they don’t take very long, but they help focus my day, and assist me in centering myself spiritually each morning. Morning Readings: These come from four major read more »