Category Archives: Peace of Mind

The Passing of a Dark Night

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   This quote from Joseph Campbell is heartening when I am in a place of deep struggle.  But doesn’t the “dark night of the soul” sometimes seem unfathomably long? When my dark nights descend upon me negativity feeds on me like a hungry mushroom, my world morphs into a small, dreary place, the sun never shines, and it’s perpetually 10 minutes … Continue reading The Passing of a Dark Night »

Why Worry?

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   There are times I’ve owned a time share in these foothills.  The mind is difficult geography to guard; worry can so easily muck things up and distort reality. Small things appear large Thoughts are transformed into bogeymen Friends are turned into enemies Dr. Charles Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, shared this observation: “Worry affects the circulation, the digestive system, … Continue reading Why Worry? »

Sweet Simplicity

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   I’m kind of blown away by how complicated life has gotten! Watching TV requires multiple gadgets, memberships require multiple passwords, and billing statements have multiple pages.  Public restrooms require multiple numbers to open doors.  With social media, my business has suddenly become everyone’s business. who to trust? how to trust? whether to trust? Hard questions when the whole world is … Continue reading Sweet Simplicity »

Surviving in the Hardest of Hard Times

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Rousseau said, “To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.” I remember my Grandpa Pat sharing stories of the Irish Potato Famine (1845-50), crying as he spoke.  The collective tragedy was so great that it continues to scar the Irish psyche to this day.  Hard times … Continue reading Surviving in the Hardest of Hard Times »

A Sober Thought on Mental Health

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   Are you familiar with the sound of silence? The pain associated with mental anguish in all its forms often feels unspeakable.  I’ve come to think of mental health and mental illness as two ends of a continuum on which we all find ourselves.  Our place on the continuum may shift throughout the course of our lives, and hopefully, we can … Continue reading A Sober Thought on Mental Health »