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Tag: growth

Discipline is a dirty word

In yoga philosophy the concept of discipline (specifically self-discipline) is referred to as niyamas. It covers cleanliness, contentment, spiritual austerities, study of sacred scripture and surrender to God. That might not be the kind of discipline you’re used to hearing about, because the restraints…

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Want it more than you fear it

I had a dream last night that an older man had collapsed on the floor of an art gallery and was seizing. Everyone in the room, including me, glanced his way but ignored him, still caught up in the art hanging on the the…

My New Life

I’ve written pretty extensively over the past year or so about all the things happening in my life, from kidney disease with decreasing function, having a fistula created in my arm, the work up of a donor, starting dialysis and finally having a transplant….

The Big 5-0

I’m the big 5-0 today and reflecting on life so far. I’ve learned a lot of stuff over my 50 years, and have loads left to learn I’m sure, one of the things I’ve been considering is who I am. This can be a…

What’s on your to-do list?

I’m in an interesting time right now (understatement of the year!) I’m less than a week away from receiving a kidney from the cousin. I’ve had 25 years to think about this and believe me when I tell you there have been a lot…

We the feminists

I was with one of my sisters tonight. While we were chatting she mentioned that I had said something strange in my last blog post. I wrote about an experience in my teen years where I was called “the one with the looks” while…

Everything Happens for a Reason

I was reading a post called Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason by Tim Lawrence recently and it made me think quite a bit about the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’. It touches on some important points about grief, many of which I…

Change

Change can be hard. One of the reasons it can be difficult is the need to look at the dark parts within. It can be painful to acknowledge our own shadows. But when we do, our world can open up for us. By shining…

Be unforgivingly who you are!

Time to blossom?