VIDEO: How Self-Compassion Can Support Allyship

 

I've made a mistake. Actually, I've made lots of mistakes, but this is a big one.

In my worry about making a misstepping, I've kept too quiet about something that really matters to me.

As I wake up to the injustices that have been there all along, more and more, I am looking for ways I can help. I'm hearing other white people say the same.

It's important that we have these conversations, that we listen to voices from people of color, and that we open ourselves to learning.

The...

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We Need to Talk About Privilege, Racism, and "All Lives Matter"

It's taken way too long for me to write more about this here. I've done it on social media, but not enough on my own website. Why? I could name a lot of reasons, including that I was raised in and live in a culture steeped in systemic racism. Also...

I was worried that I'd get it wrong. That I couldn't say everything in one little post, so maybe I shouldn't say anything. Worried that I wouldn't do it perfectly.

But, I'm tired of being afraid of speaking up. I want to use my privilege of...

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Why I Don't Want to Go Back to "Normal"

I've noticed a surprising feeling of grief about things "going back to normal." I don't want to go back. Our system is deeply dysfunctional and there is so much to fix. How will we ever do it all? I don't know.

There are things I like about the way it is right now. Yes, I know that I am in a very privileged position and there are billions who are suffering and it's not ideal. And yet, consumption is down and that is such a good thing.

In my version of re-envisioning our world, the broken things...

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Why I Shaved My Hair

On April 30, we did a thing, Olivia (our 13-year-old) and me. I've wanted to do this for a few years now. It's a reclaiming of myself, my body, my life. Releasing the past, what no longer serves me, and maybe never did.

Living in a culture that has tried to define and tell me who I should be got in the way of my ability to see what I believe and who I truly am. I am now living more in My Truth. It's a process, for sure, and I expect it will be a lifelong journey.

And so, Olivia shaved my...

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6 Steps to Reduce Plastic in Amazon Orders

PSSST...Pass it on...

 Tell Amazon to stop using plastic in their orders!

Here's how:

Call Amazon at 888-280-4331, say "Plastic Packaging" and then ask the representative to...

1. Flag your account and others in your household (they go by email address) with the packaging preference of no plastic.

2. Where they would usually report "bad packaging or not padding enough," note that the plastic packaging is environmentally damaging and isn't wanted and to please use zero/less packaging....

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What YOU Can Do About the Climate Crisis. 🌏

 

If you feel hopeless about climate concerns, you're not alone. 

The Climate Crisis is being talked about more than ever. And with good reason.

We need to be talking about this. We need to be taking action. NOW. But what can one person do?

From February through June of this year, I dove deep with a small group in a sermon-writing seminar offered by Rev. Kevin Tarsa, the minister at our Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, here in Grass Valley, California.

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Why I Started PWR (Plastic Waste Reduction) Coalition

Since the spring, I've been doing some wonderful deep personal healing work ANNNNND... cooking up my latest project!

Just in time for #plasticfreejuly—yep, that's really a thing. It's called the PWR Coalition (PWR = Plastic Waste Reduction).

When our family visited Bali and Thailand early this year, our hearts broke when we saw the beaches and ocean filled with plastic.

It's a sight I can never unsee. 

At first, I wondered why they didn't clean it up. Then, I found out that they...

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How to Have More Fun in Life

When was the last time you did something new?

Are "responsible" pursuits higher on your to-do list than having fun?

Do you lean toward perfectionism?

If you said yes to those last two, are you my long-lost sibling? 

Today, I've let go of those requirements and let myself dabble.

Do you ever do that?

Children do it all the time. Like little scientists, they'll try anything!

Using our imagination and creativity may hold some keys to keeping our brains strong and supple.

No wonder...

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Marianne Williamson’s Bid for the 2020 Presidency

Since 2016,I’ve become much more political. Why? Because I now understand that political issues affect people personally and vice versa. 

It’s strained some of my relationships and I’ve heard that some leaders have lost “fans” by talking about politics. Even one of my mentors, Brené Brown, has been told to keep her political opinions to herself.

I know I’m taking a risk. Thank goodness I’ve recovered enough from people pleasing to be able...

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How to Shop More Sustainably: Go Beyond "Bring Your Own Grocery Bag"

When our little family traveled early this year to Thailand and Bali for two months, we delighted in majestic temples, gorgeous art, kind-hearted people, and natural beauty. That wasn't all we experienced though. We were heartbroken to see the beaches covered in trash

Guess what 90% of it was made of?

Single-use plastic.

Yep, I'm talking plastic straws, plastic water bottles, plastic yogurt cups, plastic bags, plastic this, plastic that, plastic everything.

On one...

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