Author: Stephanie

Meditating in the time of coronavirus

When the global pandemic struck, like many people I felt overwhelmed, and felt very grateful to my mindfulness practice for giving me some tools to deal with the challenges of these times. I took what I was feeling and wrote a little guided meditation, which...

Beginnings

New Decade, New Year, New Chapter “The journey begins hereWith whatever is capturing your attention…Whatever your focus, Give your whole being.”-Radiance Sutras, Yukti Verses (10) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157607519735856&set=a.10150627044620856&type=3&theater I write as we begin a new year, new decade, and I begin, quite literally, a new chapter. On Monday, January 13th, 2020,...

Breaking (a meditation on motherhood)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvh60euHbwfqrYQvOz5bK-hv9Jt9kSMimVrS080/ Motherhood is a constant extending of the boundaries of the self, a constant process of becoming someone else. To paraphrase the poet Andrea Gibson (who was talking about their dog, Squash), it’s having your heart walk around outside your body. It’s a constant breaking down....

On “Work” and Motherhood

The following post/rant feels incomplete, but I am posting it in its incompleteness and imperfections as something I need to get off my chest and something I need to say. Right now I am a full-time mom and full-time doctoral student, doing consulting and online teaching...

My Life In Water

My Life in Water: An Ecopsychological AutobiographyAs I approach the end of my doctoral coursework, I am going over old papers and I found this one that I really loved as I read it with fresh eyes. It was written in 2017 during my first...

An Ode to My 30s

Dear 30s (April 24, 2009-April 23, 2019), You were the best of times and worst of times (and maybe that’s true of all times). You were more about taking things - life - more seriously. I dedicated my life to peace. I studied it deeply and...

“Logic” Model

Recently for a class assignment, I had to complete a personal/professional logic model. I found the model difficult to complete for a few reasons. My life has not necessarily been "logical." In hindsight, all of the steps make sense, but at the time, I would have...

Sitting just to sit (An ode to mornings, part 2)

https://www.instagram.com/p/Buko2FFn4OH/ This morning I got to sit. My teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, talks about the pleasure and joy of sitting just to sit. And I don’t think I fully understood this until I became a mother. Or maybe I just appreciate it now on a whole new...