Author: Dana Gornall

Dharma & the Dating Mom: I Need Space but I Don’t

  By Dana Gornall “Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody—really want him—it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed When I was about four or five—maybe six—we took a family vacation to Florida. The specifics are still a little fuzzy, but I remember clearly seeing some type of a luau, or Hawaiian show. Seated about six rows back from the stage, I...

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Actually Dating {Part 2}

  By Dana Gornall There is something comforting about communicating in writing—especially in digital format. For me, writing as a form of expression has always been a better way because I could take my time with my thoughts. For some reason everything in my brain seemed to flow so much smoother when I had the chance to write it out rather than talk about it. In this texting and social media age, not only do we have the opportunity to gather our thoughts in writing, but we have the immediate gratification of being able to get a response or...

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: After Divorce {Part 1}

  By Dana Gornall I was just shy of 19 years old when I met my husband. I married fairly young—naive and still unsure of who I was, I grew into myself throughout that marriage, but unfortunately, we didn’t grow alongside of each other; so after almost 20 years, we went separate ways. It was good to be on my own. I had my kids with me after the separation, but being alone and single felt right. I needed that time to figure out who I was, where I belonged and what I wanted. People suggested I go out....

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The Time I Walked on Fire.

By Dana Gornall I have been a fan of “The Office” for a couple of years now. Yes, I realize I am late to the game—thank Netflix. One character I identify with is Pam. She’s quiet yet dependable, has an unexpected sense of humor, is hardworking, and has a difficult time speaking up for herself quite a bit of the time. One of my favorite episodes is when the entire group goes to the beach for the day (well, except for poor Toby who is forced to stay at the office) and they participate in team building activities and...

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The Reason I Can Totally Relate to the Buddha’s Parents

  By Dana Gornall I have often said that being a parent is one of the hardest things I do. My kids are 15, 17 and 21, and it sill holds true. For some reason you think it gets easier as they get older and in some ways it does. You don’t need to take them to the potty anymore. You don’t need to wipe noses and change diapers and you can leave them home alone. The part of parenting that makes it so hard is the attachment. One of the main focuses of Buddhism is non-attachment. Attachment causes...

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