Pandemic Darkness: Be a light

The pandemic continues. Inside-the-house-time translates to inside-of-ourselves-time, and for me, the longest self-reflection period ever.

Mothers Day Gift: No Guilt

Can you overcome your upbringing when raising your own kids? Josephine Martinez, came from the Philippines and was a stay-at-home mom all her life. She gave me an enduring sense of God’s goodness, which is ironic since she suffered from severe religious guilt. Fortunately, she didn’t raise us in the same way. Excessive self-blame is unhealthy and she never broke…

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Pandemic: Adversity Reveals One’s Character

Adversity reveals one’s character during these abnormal times. Togetherness, 24/7, as well as solitary confinement, gives rise to creativity and new ways to show love. Then there are the hoarders, the complainers, the blamers.  Our country is on a collective timeout and what a collection we are. Each of us is a composite of good and bad, and despite grumbling…

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Pandemic: Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness

PANDEMIC:  Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness.  By Suzette Martinez Standring Are we defined by busyness? The pandemic forces a standstill, making us feel helpless. We Americans multitask: family, career, volunteerism; just cross the next thing off on the to-do list. It’s not in our cultural DNA to navel gaze. Yet time and separation gives unexpected permission to ask scary questions: …

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Suzette Standring: Guided Meditation to Relax

During this pandemic, as we all wrestle with stress, isolation and uncertainty, I created a guided meditation to relax.  All you have to do is listen and let go.  We all have the ability to get centered and find peace within.  We do it with connection with friends, family, pets…even at a forced distance as now. Years ago, I never thought…

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