10 May

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®)

 It’s impossible to be on the planet for any length of time and not have health or life challenges of one sort or another. It’s a tough planet.  And that is what makes the Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) a valuable tool for everyone. I completed my  WRAP® Facilitator training just three weeks ago and… (Read More)

12 May

Listening as Mindfulness Practice

Hearing is a sensory experience – waves of energy flowing over our eardrums and lighting up our brains. Listening involves some action on our part as we try to decode the incoming message. Mindful listening is deep attentiveness to the moment by moment unfolding of energy and what it all means. Like most mindfulness practices,… (Read More)

27 January

Creating a Pattern Language of Wellness and Sustainability

What do forest gardens and peer run recovery centers have in common? • Both are innovative ideas • Both are phrases that help us envision new patterns and possibilities On forest gardens 1 Recently, while in Helena, Montana I visited the future home of the city’s Forest Garden.2 This will be a public park planted… (Read More)

28 October

On language and mindfulness

Label a plant a medicinal herb or label it a weed and very different images appear in our minds. Label a person as someone in recovery or a person who is mentally ill and again, different images appear that open or shut doors to our understanding. It is not simply the images that are different…. (Read More)

24 August

Finding our lost pieces

Finding our lost pieces

Recovery is the practice of finding and claiming the lost pieces of ourselves.[1] I love this definition because, even though recovery is often seen as belonging to mental health or addiction issues, this statement applies to everyone.  Seriously, do you know anyone who hasn’t lost parts of themselves as they have moved through life?   Love,… (Read More)

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