All tagged Courage

Float Thru a Field Blend

To hold you when overwhelmed

I concocted this blend to evoke not only the smell of a grassy meadow after a rain, but also to carry me away from my distress. And to support and hold me while I mourned and grieved my lost ambitions and then, once having moved through the sadness, to allow myself to be held and supported so I could simply relax and reset.

Why I Stay Alive

The other day I was scrolling through my favorite photos on my phone, and I rediscovered this quote I took a screen shot of back in December 2015. I loved the ideas and suggestions, but I had no idea who wrote it.  A little googling revealed that Matt Haig was the author. Inspired by his work, I made a list of reasons to stay alive. I encourage you to do so too.

Don't Go to War

“Cancer, you are going to lose and we are going to win,” declares a commercial for a prominent cancer hospital. The message personifies the illness, lists all the losses (relatives and hair) and a face then declares: “I won’t let you.” The cancer is cast in a fraught adversarial relationship. Often illness feels like an epic struggle with life and death at stake. It is one. We are embattled. Treating illness as an enemy does not work.

Fly Away Blend

To uplift deep upset

Today is an upsetting day for so many of us. If you're feeling visceral fear & deeply upset about the news, here's a blend to help alleviate the dread, worry, sadness, confusion. This diffuser blend may also help with the physical symptoms of nausea, shallow breathing, rapid heart rate, tears, and dizziness. 

What I Wish I Knew

In my early 30s, in the prime of my life, I got sick. I got mysteriously and seriously sick. My world went upside down and tossed me around. I confronted the hard fact that there’s a big difference between a treatment and a cure, and it turned out doctors could offer me neither. Weeks stretched to months stretched to years, and more years and more years and more years. Now decades. At the age of 52, looking back, here is what I know now that I wished I knew then, half a lifetime ago.

Braving the Storm of Illness

What does the wilderness mean for those who live with chronic and/or invisible illness? Brené Brown talks about how theologians and poets and musicians and writers uses the wilderness as a metaphor. When we become ill, we are shoved into the wilderness. It’s a storm in the wilderness, often a perilous one. Unlike most, we don’t have a choice. We enter a vast and treacherous place and are navigating trials and obstacles in our quest for physical recovery.