The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it, is as unrealistic as expecting to walk through water and not get wet. Rachel Naomi Remen
Reading the morning paper’s comic strips can be a stress relieving. My interest in women’s comic strips resurfaced as I sorted through some magazines ready for recycling. In an issue of MS I re-discovered an article called ‘Paper Movies: Feminist cartoonists create characters that are real, raunchy—and they’ll knock your socks off’.
In 2012 the shame researcher, Brene´ Brown published Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I have watched Brown’s interviews with Oprah, her popular TEDTalks, and insightful animations. Her style is down-home, intelligent, compassionate, and deeply personal. Those who can not tolerate seeing others full blown authentic, vulnerable or emotionally transparent, will feel uncomfortable with her work and writing. Yet, in a world full of loneliness, disconnection, misunderstanding, anger, discrimination, and judgment, her message provides a healing anecdote. [Read more…]
For many of us, it feels as if life is happening to us. We have a sense of being controlled by the events and circumstances outside of ourselves. But the late psychiatrist and author, Viktor Frankl, described how our internal Locus of Control can help us survive challenges, even unspeakable adversity. As a survivor of The Holocaust, he describes his discovery in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning.