Archive | May, 2014

Balancing attention

A few bon mots from Adele’s Balancing Act: Reflections, Meditations, and Coping Strategies for Today’s Fast-Paced Whirl. It’s not easy being a free-floating entity in a jam-packed cosmos that competes for one of your most precious resources, your attention. Attention is a matter of personal choice.  We often forget that we have choice, and choice […]

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Mental health needs a booster shot

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest non-profit, grassroots mental health education, support, and advocacy group has named May as Mental Health Month with the motto “Silent No More.” In honor of their great work and message, my thoughts: The majority of mental health practices are deeply rooted in the medical model, […]

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I’m right … and you’re not

That’s right: There is no discussion; there is no equivocation. The door is closed; the conversation is over. I have holstered my pointing finger that wagged so definitively in your direction. I have recovered from my case of eye-rolling; there is no more exasperated and exaggerated sighing. I have stormed off in a fit of […]

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Kiss it to God

I’m not sure where I came upon this expression. It has become such an Adele-ism that I wonder if I made it up; but, more than likely, the truth is that the deeply resonant words became so absorbed and integrated into my psyche that  I felt ownership and pride. I felt like they were my […]

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I need to stop doing

Remember that phrase, “Physician, heal thy self.” I need that prescription – and in writing, please. And may I have a good six refills? I am in need of some serious recovery. Hi, I’m Adele, and I need to stop doing. There, I said it. It’s a little scary to put those words out there […]

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Thank you, God, for my fears

Do you know those moments when you are driving in the car and you find yourself knee-deep in reverie? These are moments when, out of nowhere, you find yourself long in thought; it’s as if you have made a U-turn into the underground waters of your psyche. Maybe it’s the constancy of the rhythmic motion […]

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Messages from the other side

Once upon a time, a woman, let’s call her Shirley, lost her husband to the ravages of cancer. It had been a long and arduous battle. Shirley was completely depleted on every level. After the funeral service, everyone returned to the house. The coffee pot was plugged in; neighbors brought in food. Shirley excused herself […]

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