Apache Tears — LastYoginicorn

One night, a few days prior to a major event in my life, I had a clear, vivid dream. There was a table full of these glowing, royal blue crystals, half of which were on fire. As the fire spread, the ones left in the fires wake had turned a flaming orange color. Fire is […]

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Dreams and the Dark Times


About five months ago, I had a dream so clear and precise that even now I can close my eyes and see the scene unfold before me in intricate detail.

It opened with me alone, clutching tightly a blue and white pottery shard I had found in my trip to Greece last year. It may be rather ancient. All of the sudden, my friend Lori appears next to me. We went to graduate school together, studying international relations at The Fletcher School.  Lori went on to become a health economist, working globally as a consultant.

In my dream, she was with a few other public policy types: I didn’t recognize any others. Then the scene shifted suddenly, and they arrested someone who looked Middle Eastern or Asian. And they thanked me for helping them with the pottery shard, that went five levels deep. They had never been able to go…

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Sunnies My Bunnies:)

“The acronym RAIN is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion using the following four steps:

Recognize what is happening;
Allow the experience to be there, just as it is;
Investigate with interest and care;
Nurture with self-compassion.

You can take your time and explore RAIN as a stand-alone meditation or move through the steps whenever challenging feelings arise.”

— Tara Brach

R: The “R” in the R.A.I.N method stands for ‘Recognize.’

Take a moment to recognize that a strong emotion is present and gently turn towards what you’re experiencing in an open and non-judgemental way.

Tune in to the direct present moment experience of what is happening in your body and mind… the emotions, the thoughts and sensations that are here.

It can be helpful to mentally name it, for example, “I am feeling stressed” or “I am feeling overwhelmed.” This recognition of what…

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