The Healing Power of Empathy – Musings in Missoula

Empathy is one of the most powerful emotions we have as humans. Many other animals also have empathy. Certainly, if we’ve had pets, we have seen them recognize our suffering at one time or another. There are even stories of wolves adopting the pups of another wolf or animals in captivity such as chimpanzees, elephants, dogs, and cats becoming friends and comforting one-another. Empathy is our ability to emotionally resonate

August 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

The Bully Story (Part 1) – Musings in Missoula

Last night I dreamt of my 7th grade bully again. Jason Canine. Yes, like the dog. Plus, his first name is literally Jason, just like the character in “Friday the 13th”. What are the odds? And that he’s been making quite the nocturnal appearances! Which is hysterical because he’s not been in my life at all. I haven’t literally seen the guy in over 30 years. We can say what

August 16th, 2022|Uncategorized|

The Joys of Seclusion – Musings in Missoula, MT

In this age of instant connectivity, one connection many of us have lost is the one to our inner stillness. It is out of that inner stillness that what is often called our “still quiet voice” might arise. And as many of us know, listening to that quiet voice often leads to the greatest changes and joys in our life. As a long-time meditator here in Missoula, I have learned

August 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Calm in the Face of Anger – Musings in Missoula

Counselors and therapists in Missoula often hear about anger, and the concept of anger in today's stressful times. Staying calm when we’re angry is never easy! Sometimes we just feel an unstoppable, or impulsive desire to act when these emotions come up. Maybe, from an evolutionary perspective, that was once very good (so we could quickly dodge out of the way of a rattlesnake on the trail and kill it

August 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Advice on Listening and Speaking – Musings in Missoula

There is no doubt that these are stressful times for many of us. A global pandemic, inflation, economic uncertainty, a major war in Europe, attacks on democracy itself here in the United States. Deep breath. In this time, it is especially important to take time to think about our words. Both among friends and in public situations, our words have the power to sow division and to help foster healing.

August 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Wisdom for Lonely Times – Musings from Missoula

As a graduate student from the University of Montana in Missoula, traveling twice to England for degrees, and later as a college professor traveling first to India and then Hong Kong, I have had a lot of experience traveling away from friends and family. Each time I went overseas, I went essentially alone. And while the thrill of a new adventure kept me going for at least a few days

August 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|
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