A friend posted this article about the pitfalls of positive psychology on Facebook this morning, and gosh– it resonated. I’ve honestly been annoyed by the concept of positive thinking for a long time. It seems like most of the time, when someone tells urges you to be more “positive,” what they really mean is that … More The ‘Tyranny’ of Positive Thinking
I’ve been away from my blog for the past month, and I have so much to tell you all. I took what was supposed to be a five-day trip to a wedding in California, and turned it into an amazing, impromptu two and a half week stay. To be honest, I was really scared to … More Newfound possibility
I’ve realized something about myself recently– something that has implications for my ability to heal. I’m sharing it with you all, in case it can help spark a similar realization for anyone else out there. *** As many of you know, when I was in high school I had an eating disorder. I was very … More Inner Limits
I’m one of those people who is spiritual, not religious. But I love holidays because of how everything slows down, and people come out of their shells. In Boston, on a weekday… you better not dare to take an extra two seconds to make your turn, because you’ll definitely get honked at by at least … More Graceful.
One of the things I really admire about Neil Pearson’s approach to chronic pain treatment is his optimism about our ability to re-train our nervous systems, once they’ve become sensitized to pain. Chronic pain is obviously not a cheerful topic. Those of us who’ve struggled with it know what it’s like to come home from … More Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence
This is the question that has consumed me recently: how do people take their most precious and guarded memories, and spin them into stories, unfurling them to the world? It seems so easy when other people do it– when you read a famous, heart-wrenching novel for class, and analyze its themes. “I could do that,” … More Reading List: Vulnerability
I’ve noticed something about myself, since I started this blog. I love, love, love sharing my writing with others, and forming connections. Every time I have a meaningful moment on here– let’s say I publish a particularly personal post, and people really respond to it– I’m exhilarated. I get totally fired up. I start planning … More Fear of authenticity
Ever have one of those days where you want to keep working/thinking/being productive, but your body just wants you to lie down with a heating pad? That, unfortunately, has been happening to me quite a bit recently. I’ve been wanting to sit at my computer and either study or work on my blog, but my … More Introducing the Sunlight in Winter Youtube Channel
This was originally posted on Oswalt’s Facebook page. “Boston. Fucking horrible. I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.” But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths. … More A moving response to the Boston Marathon explosions, from comedian Patton Oswalt.
Totally unrelated to the topic of my blog… here is a cover of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” from the television show “Nashville.” I can’t believe how good these girls’ voices are!
One of my best memories from last summer is the camping trip I decided to go on at the last minute over Labor Day weekend. I’ve had to turn down a lot of invitations over the years. My friends have invited me countless times to go camping, hiking, and skiing, and most of the time … More The Camping Trip
I recently learned about a fascinating study that I had to share with you all. Researchers took two groups of people– professional violinists and regular, everyday people off the street– and pricked everyone’s index finger with a pin. The violinists reported feeling much more pain than the non-violinists, even though everyone’s finger was pricked in … More Violins and enhanced sensory maps
It’s time I come clear about something: I am a huge Shakira fan. I don’t normally get terribly excited about pop music, but I just think that Shakira is an amazing performer. No one else has her rhythm and sense of style. One of the things that’s helped me to get through the past few … More Inspiration