It’s no joke when you wake up to feeling that there is nothing you can do to make your life better. This may be especially so when you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia. There are just sometimes when your life seems to be going nowhere and the only thing you have to look forward … Continue reading Fibromyalgia | Feeling Stuck? Try These 3 DBT Tips
December 1999, Berlin. It’s too cold, dark, and lonely. The high rise buildings of Potsdamer Platz have trapped me in their wind tunnel. My eyes tear up from the bitterness and spite of an early winter. My body isn’t built for this, I think, shoving my hands deeper into the pockets of a winter coat … Continue reading Life in Japan: In Visible Silence
Over the years, I have found that physical illness involves three aspects of self: body, mind, and emotion. It is not just about the body healing itself. It is also about the health of the ongoing dialogue that occurs between the body and the mind, and the resulting emotions. Of course, the body heals … Continue reading Overcoming Fibromyalgia
A decade ago, the word fibromyalgia didn’t exist in my vocabulary. To be honest, my relationship with illness was that I was never ill in any serious way. I lived to work and study, which eventually jeopardized relationships. That way of functioning, however, was what I was taught growing up. You were suppose to disregard all else in … Continue reading Fibromyalgia & the New You: How to Begin Restructuring Your Life After a Loss of “Self” (Part 1)
Beyond medical research, I spend a lot of time reading personal stories of people who have fibromyalgia. After all, I have the illness, and it feels good to have a sense of belonging. However, there is a problem. What I’ve noticed is that many of these stories, including some of my own, focus on the … Continue reading FMS | Fibromyalgia is Not the Enemy. Your Attitude Is.
I’m almost certain that many writers spend time thinking about how to write more, why they aren’t writing more, when they can write more, if they should write more, if they can write more. I’m no exception. Lately, I’ve been writing, but not publicly. I have an awful tendency to stop writing because I believe … Continue reading Daily Blogging & Writing Fearlessly
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I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. ~ by Rumi Today, the yoga mat looks too far away–to be honest, for two days I denied the existence of my mat…What mat?–and I don’t know that … Continue reading FMS | Yoga in Bed & ATR Challenge Update!
This picture is a summary of my present state. (Forgive any typographical errors below. I am tired.) There is a reason fibromyalgia is considered an invisible illness. If you were to meet me in my everyday life, more than likely it would not be evident to you that I have an illness. Actually, usually when I … Continue reading FMS | The Moments You Love to Hate: How to Deal with Flare-ups Before & After They Happen
Hardly My Area of Expertise… But I Do Have My Thoughts On the Matter 😉 “Emotional Capital: It is What It is” (posted on Sept. 26, 2011; themes: repetition compulsion) “Spending Time Strategically Avoiding…and Engaging Life” (posted on Nov. 20, 2011) “Mental Gossip…Allowances & No Rewind” (posted on Jan. 4, 2012; themes: DBT/anxiety management/cognitive reframing) … Continue reading Relationship Advice