Living Healing Blog

Have you been riding the coronacoaster*?

Have you been riding the coronacoaster*?

If you have been experiencing fluctuating emotional responses to all that has changed during the pandemic, as well as to national and world events, you are not alone. As an introvert and someone who works from home in a beautiful wooded sanctuary, sheltering in place was not that different or difficult for me the first month. Since then, cancelled events with family and friends, too much time sitting at a computer Zooming,  dramatically reduced personal territory and the relentlessly alarming news stirred up quite a bit emotionally for me. To manage this gamut of...

Your Choice-ordeal or adventure?

Your Choice-ordeal or adventure?

How we perceive what is happening to us can definitely impact how we experience it. By day 6 of my third hospitalization, this one for life-saving surgery, I was feeling disheartened as no one on my 4 medical teams could tell me when I might possibly leave. With an IV in each arm and 2 pumps draining fluid from my lung and pericardium, this felt like an ordeal to me. At my lowest point I recalled the saying "The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude". I was on a transplant floor as that’s where there was an available room. When I compared my...

Nobody In, Nobody Out

Nobody In, Nobody Out

Growing up with 3 younger brothers, I often heard my mother say “Nobody In, Nobody Out” as she shut the door in the face of neighborhood kids knocking to find someone to play with. This occurred so often that at my mother’s wake one of the kids who grew up across the street from us and had experienced the door shutting many times, recounted “Nobody In, Nobody Out” as one of the most vivid memories he had of our family. In early March an optimistic Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,  when asked about what measures...

Time Out- A Divine Message?

Time Out- A Divine Message?

Has it occurred to you that this coronavirus pandemic has placed the human species in a collective Time Out? Could this be a Divine message that we are out of alignment and need to change our behaviors towards ourselves, one another, the Earth and her beings? Is COVID 19 inviting us to reassess how we have been living individually and collectively, and to learn new ways of being that are healthier for us and the planet? When putting a child in time out we hope they will think about what they did or said and consider a better way of acting the next time. Kids often...

Welcome to the Living Healing blog

Welcome to the Living Healing blog

While in the middle of a challenging situation, it can be difficult to believe there could be beneficial outcomes. I agreed with many inspirational writers like Napolean Hill who proffered the silver linings idea that positives can emerge from adverse situations. However, that was never really put to the test in my life until I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer three-plus years ago. In the process of finding ways to navigate this new territory, I have learned much about myself, healing, and what it takes to not only survive, but also thrive in a...