Social Connection: It’s a Health Goal

"Write about loneliness," suggested a blog follower and old friend (thank you!). Loneliness -- a feeling that you lack sufficient social support and connection with others -- is considered an epidemic these days, with health consequences compared to smoking 15…

The Journey Starts with Self-Compassion, Part 2 : The Humans

I live in my own head. It's not always comfortable in here. I know about every one of my appalling mistakes, my thoughtless comments, the many ways I've let people (and myself) down. Self-criticism helps us learn from errors and…

The Journey Starts with Self-Compassion, Part 1: The Animal

Think of the most beautiful, graceful, awe-inspiring animal you can imagine. Now imagine that you have one of these animals in your care. You're responsible for everything it needs, and it loves you and wants to please you.  (If caring…