Thank you! I appreciate your stories, questions, and comments that you send each week. Learning from you helps me grow. For example, read this story about what one woman does when it hurts too much to move.

This last week a violist shared about her grueling shoulder pain after surgery. She’s forced to surrender to daily immobilization.

“On the days when it was impossible to get out of bed independently, I had to ask for help. What a learning THAT was. I have always seen myself as independent. Now I understand my interdependence.”

We delved into her awareness that we are ALL interdependent as COVID infections and deaths rise.

Knowing that it’s essential to recognize and relate to physical pain so it can be released, she also shared this,

“On the days when it was too hard to even get out of bed, I searched my heart asking, ‘What can I do to make the world a better place today?’”

“My wise heart brought the image of trees into my awareness. I know that trees need carbon dioxide to grow. So, I began breathing in for me and sending my exhale to each tree in my yard.”

Simple. Loving. Trees are necessary for the recovery of our planet.

The complexities of the broken healthcare, educational, and political systems are evident. I feel overwhelmed at times as I ponder the question, “What is mine to do?”

Could it be as simple as taking One Minute to Breathe into my heart to renew myself? And then breathe out intentionally, sending precious carbon dioxide to trees around the globe?

Someone else sent this comment:

“There are so many issues impacting people today. I have the sense that there is an expanding level of grief for the state of our country that has not fully emerged yet. The impact of renewed, and probably extended, lock-downs along with the bitterness of our political and racial conflicts points to very challenging times ahead. It’s hard for me to see that we will be through this for at least another year.”

I agree. I don’t see us moving through these challenging times quickly. But perhaps, with each of us reading in this community using this simple tool, we can once again feel the strength of trees rooting us in hope as we bathe them in life-giving carbon dioxide.

I’m grateful for each and every one of you who read this newsletter and share it.

Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you,


P.S. – Read more about self-care: Find Your Safe Place