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When Fear Is Like a Helpless Child, Try Kindness

I roll over and squint at the red numbers on the clock. 3 AM. Too early to plunge into the day if I want to get anything done. I need sleep, but instead my mind spins like

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Clutched: An Essential Lesson from Psyche’s Fourth Labor

My mother-in-law grabbed my wrist with her gnarled hand, the way a drowning person grasps a life preserver. “I’m scared,” she said. She was lying in her bed. She’d been frantic all day, up last night and

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Beauty Heals in Troubled Times

66 words, 9 photos,  1 prayer *** Read the Headlines. Hide under bed. ~~~ Shadow Unleashed. What have we done? ~~~ Scary dreams. No one to tell. ~~~ Hold trembling self. Find Balance somewhere.     Coneflower

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A Dog, a Dream, and a Prize: Jung in the Heartland

I sit in a woman therapist’s office. On my lap, I hold a dog, too large to be a lap dog. The dog trembles against me in fear. I pull her against my breasts and belly, bury

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Forgiveness Revisited: Resolving Old Resentments

My son’s partner Jenna had a dream last month. In her dream, My mother-in-law Virginia is dead. Jenna wipes Virginia’s face with a warm wet cloth and Virginia’s eyes pop open. Alive! Jenna is upset because Virginia

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The Black Madonna Wore Pink: Marion Woodman, 1988

I felt compelled to go. I wasn’t sure why. A friend had invited me to a weekend workshop on the Black Madonna led by Jungian analyst and writer Marion Woodman. In 1988, I had a few of

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When the Bluebirds Fledged

Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they’re given wings. ―Rumi. In April, the female claimed the nesting box closest to my house, just down the driveway where

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6 Ways to Invite Love to a Death Anniversary

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within  yourself that have been built against it.” ~Rumi On June 3, the ninth anniversary of my husband Vic’s death,

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I Will Help You: Palliative Care Support Before Hospice

I asked my mother-in-law’s doctor to order a palliative care consultation when we saw him a few weeks ago. Our local Hospicare has a program called PATH (Personal Attention to Health). I was desperate for help and advice. Her

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Everything Leads to You

“This much I know. Everything leads to You.” Deborah Gregory, “In Full Flower” from A Liberated Sheep in a Post Shepherd World *** You were in my dream last night, healthy, waving from across the room. I

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