Psychology, Spirituality

V is for Value: A Koan

Is there value to life when it all leads to death? What actually provides value in this life? These are questions I don't know the answer to. Hence, I am calling them a koan, a starting point for meditative inquiry. I have come across several takes on the story of Buddha's enlightenment. In case you… Continue reading V is for Value: A Koan

Autobio, Health, Psychology, Spirituality

U is for Upsides to Life’s Crap

Yesterday, I wrote about the Tower tarot card. One challenge of it is not viewing the difficult changes in life as necessarily bad. I've also been doing a good deal of Buddhist readings and recently came across several articles about viewing the "bad" or hard things that happen to us as a teacher to help… Continue reading U is for Upsides to Life’s Crap

books, Health, Psychology, Spirituality

R is for Restlessness and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People are scary. They are erratic, emotional beings. One never knows what one will get when interacting with people. While we're at it, the whole world is pretty scary too. Animals might attack. Plants can make you sick or even kill you. There are so many natural disasters that could significantly alter one's life. Heck,… Continue reading R is for Restlessness and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Autobio, Spirituality, tarot

Q is for Questions that are Left Open-ended

Lately, the concreteness of what can be known has been on my mind. It's something I've pondered on and off for many, many years. I will probably continue to contemplate the boundaries of knowledge for the rest of my life. Everyone (probably) knows what these questions are like. Why is there suffering and pain? How… Continue reading Q is for Questions that are Left Open-ended

Psychology, Spirituality

P is for Patterns and Questioning Just How Predictable We Humans Are

I recently spent a good deal of time in the car with my husband. We were traveling to see my mom and then driving back, all in a long weekend. It gave us time to catch up on some podcasts. We listened to the first several episodes of the current season of Invisibilia. It's a… Continue reading P is for Patterns and Questioning Just How Predictable We Humans Are

Autobio, Health, Pain, Psychology, Spirituality

B is for Back Pain and Learning to Live with (and around) It #AtoZChallenge

I have had low- and mid-back issues since I was a teenager. Several years ago, a doctor helped me figure out that it all started when I was in a serious car accident when I was four. The accelerator in our car stuck. My mom was driving on a dirt road and drove into an… Continue reading B is for Back Pain and Learning to Live with (and around) It #AtoZChallenge

Autobio, Health, Psychology, Spirituality, tarot

Gabapentin, Take Three with a Side of Hopelessness

Third time might be the charm for my adventures with gabapentin. After a comedy of errors and the annoyance of slow responses from my doctor's office that took over two weeks, I finally got a prescription for 100 mg of gabepentin. I am taking one a day and experiencing a good amount of pain relief… Continue reading Gabapentin, Take Three with a Side of Hopelessness