Monthly Archives: May 2010

Holding our breath: the oil spill in our Gulf

If you live in Louisiana, or any part of your heart is here, it is probably breaking right now, as we watch videos of oily muck spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken well a mile below the … Continue reading

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Spirituality, online

The spiritual practice of mindfulness is gaining some interest in the popular culture.    It offers an alternative to the unsatisfying way that we can eat an entire bag of popcorn before we notice how it tastes.   Mindfulness is the discipline … Continue reading

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Sometimes, depression seems awfully reasonable

What can be more vexing to a depressed person than being encouraged to “look on the bright side”?  Sometimes we have a compelling reason to feel depressed, and those urgings by loved ones can seem disrespectful or out of touch.  … Continue reading

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Vulnerability, change, and the edge of the woods

The dark woods is a powerful image for the place of depression or  grief.   It feels solitary and disorienting, and we may have trouble finding a path leading out, in case we wanted one.   Sometimes it is lonely, in the … Continue reading

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Getting past trauma and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a normal response to an intolerable experience.   Whether the trauma was experienced in the military, an accident, a hurricane or another environmental disaster, or in response to a personal threat, we respond involuntarily to … Continue reading

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Is online counseling for real?

The internet has changed the way we live.  But is it possible to have a genuine counseling relationship online?  It’s one thing to use an electronic device to surf through blogs on hybrid cars, to pay the bills, sign a … Continue reading

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