How to recover from a concussion in 12 steps

Yesterday, this headline from CBC News in Calgary caught my attention: "Sports-related brain injuries among children on the rise." The article covers a report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information about a large increase over the past 5 years in ER visits for concussions. (Visit the link above to view the interactive infographic displaying the number of ER visits per …

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On Grief

Grief. You are a natural sister to pain and wisdom's well. You speak the truth that for wounds to surrender their power they must be felt. And fully. You are here while I now mourn my concussion: fullness of life lost and not yet fully regained; profound isolation; devastating loss of self; prolonged physical, emotional, …

Hello again, and some good (I hope!) reads

Is it really almost July? Where is this year going? I haven't written here for a while because I was soaking up California rays (which involved getting on a plane for the first time in two years--hurrah and triumph!) and then getting back in the swing of things. However, I've written a couple of articles for other sites …

Fab Friday Recap: All about That Brain (and Batman)

Hello, friends! Welcome to another Fab Friday Recap, where I get to share some of the fascinating and worthwhile things I have read and seen online lately. Today's articles and thought-provoking tidbits are all about the brain. Helpful Are you running your brain ragged with overstimulation? Quite possibly. Our digital culture is not really created …

Video: “Hear Blessings Dropping Their Blossoms,” Rumi + Utah Spring Flowers

Quite possibly I have been overgramming Utah's spring flowers, but I have never been so grateful for these transient beauties! There are far too many photos to share anywhere, but I created a video to remember this spring. It begins with a gorgeous quotation from Rumi that captures a key practice in the art of striving: …

Happy #nationalpoetrymonth!

In honor of National Poetry Month, here is a poem by one of my favorite poets, Rilke. It is a poem about patience, trust, and becoming part of earth's rhythm; about being brave enough to fall to find true freedom and to fully express who we are. Enjoy! How surely gravity’s law strong as an ocean current, takes hold …

Fab Friday Recap: Powerful girls, dancing toddlers, and faithful women

I consume a lot of online content throughout the week--articles, videos, tweets, adorable animal pictures. To share some of the inspiring, praiseworthy, helpful, smile worthy, thought-provoking things I read or saw this week, here's a Fab Friday Recap. Helpful Do you struggle with finding your personal calling or mission in life? I know I struggle mightily with …

{R e f l e c t i o n} Explosions

"When the wicked rule the people mourn. . . . Renounce war and proclaim peace" (Doctrine and Covenants 98:9, 16). Seven or so years ago, my sister and I were returning to shore from a river cruise in Mystic, Connecticut, on a gorgeous sunny day. Just as we were disembarking, we looked up to see a smallish fireball of …

{R e f l e c t i o n} Dancing on Shiva, Part 1

On Being Vulnerable Sharing the story of my head injury was more emotional than I thought it would be. It was a huge relief to communicate what I have been experiencing. It also felt quite vulnerable because it exposed the mental and neurobiological strata I deal with, not only to friends but to complete strangers. The effort to heal and …

{Reflection} Keepin’ On: Healing through a Concussion

Today, like so many anniversaries, is bittersweet. One year ago I smacked my head into a wall and concussed my brain. This ordinary “life happens” day has been a threshold to a newness of life. And yet, it has been the toughest experience I have had. Hell, actually. I am such a natural optimist that …