Category: Empower Me

Into the Light: Inviting Grief Inside

  By Leanne Chapman   “Your grief is your love turned inside-out.”  ~ Alison Nappi The losses started early and went unnamed. My grief was not seen or heard, even by me. No one could meet me there, and being alone with it was too overwhelming, so I put it away. Over the years I began to fade as that dark storage container became more filled, to the point that I was afraid to open it. All the dark things in there might come crashing down on me at once. I walked around in a fog, with half of...

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Those Sweaters are Anything but Ugly

By J.G. Lewis What is so offensive about clothing that celebrates the season? I am familiar with the trend over past years to mock seasonal sweaters; it is often included in the banter of shock-rock disc jockeys and morning show hosts looking for laughs, or the rants of unoriginal stand-up comedians filling allotted time at comedy clubs across the country. And, yes, it is supposedly in jest, but at the heart of it all is the need to poke fun at a clothing style, and ultimately at those who choose to wear the garments, past or present. It has...

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A Dharma Guide to Staying Sober for the Holidays

  By Tyler Lewke Next to my place is a market filled with overpriced things like almond milk. And hummus. And Wine. It’s the kind of place you go in a hurry when you run out at the last moment. I shop here almost exclusively. At the checkout, just after getting home from a particularly tricky family holiday gathering, I discover a display with a new wine for this holiday season, named Family Time Is Hard. I was immediately hit with familiar mix of jealousy and rage. How do those of us trying to remain awake and unaltered and sober...

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Digging Deep to Heal Abandonment Wounds

  By Natalie Sophia I want to not sugar-coat abandonment, or try to act like it’s not a problem, or that it’s not for adults to feel. If anything, I feel like that mentality has only served to propel the shame this theme seems to be steeped in. I want to talk about it because it’s a real thing. There are adults all over the globe who feel this to some degree. It’s time that it gets addressed in an open manner. I feel like most often when the word “abandonment” is used people picture a small child left out on...

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An Ordinary Man, a Broken Key & a Snowstorm: A Zen Christmas Story

  By Louis De Lauro So an ordinary man was teaching a juggling class at a community center in central New Jersey. It was a few days before Christmas. Most of his students were Jewish and Chinese-American. When the kind man said goodnight to his class he wished everyone, “Merry Holidays!” It was snowing pretty hard that night at 7:30 pm and the man couldn’t wait to get home. He walked to his car—wait, make that his wife’s car that he borrowed for the day—and the tired man (a talented juggler) clumsily dropped the key on the cement. The...

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