By Meg Nalezny

All things together

Do you ever have times – maybe a moment, or a day, or even a stretch of days – where you feel absolutely raw? An open, throbbing, vulnerable heart thrust into the world? I do. Sometimes it’s just a glimmer that takes my breath away. Sometimes it lasts longer. I feel so deeply connected with …

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Hats off?

The other day, I was perusing an online pediatric OT board where folks come to share stories and request help with client care situations. It’s the place to go if you’ve tried everything you know to help your little charge, but nothing’s working. Or to ask for course recommendations, or billing questions — you get the idea. …

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Choosing lanes

Many of you have heard the “spoon theory” of chronic illness management and energy conservation. It goes something like this: Every morning, your average healthy and well-rested person wakes up with an enormous pile of spoons. There are so many spoons, there’s no need to count or monitor their use. Someone living with any kind of compromised …

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Joy in all the things

It’s been a busy and bleary winter at our home. You already know the story – sleep craziness, never-ending viruses of all varieties, working on a new family balance. No need to revisit (just check my last several posts – ha!). I know we aren’t alone in a lot of this. It’s been an endurance-testing …

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Stillness in the midst

The word “yoga” means to yoke or unite; to pull seemingly unrelated, chaotic elements together and watch as they become a beautiful whole. One of the eight limbs of yoga is meditation, or dhyana. In yogic terms, meditation is the point at which we are fully immersed in the moment – when you’re “in the …

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To the beat of my heart

Usually, at the start of a new year, I like to sit down with a cup of tea, some thoughtful books, and a journal and set intentions. It’s a nice tradition, even if the contents of the journaling are quickly lost in the sea of busy days. I have yet to lift a pen or read …

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The “growing edge”

Happy 2017, Gray Bird readers! So glad to be starting another year in your company. Recently, Parker Palmer, whose writings and life work I admire very much, posted this quote on his Facebook page [Side note: I’ve referenced my carefully-curated Facebook feed here before. I limit it to things that shift my attention in a constructive direction, …

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Deep breath, here we go!

Dear Gray Bird readers, in this busy season of short days and many demands on our time, I wonder if you might be in need of a quick, to-the-core centering? I know I am. Here goes: Let your eyes close down (or don’t – you’re reading! but when you try this again, do)  Everything is just right. …

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Words on the wall

I have a habit of collecting quotes and poems that I like, copying them out by hand, and posting them around the house. Several quotes have traveled with me from home to home – one of them, in the handwriting of my dear friend and roommate, is among my favorite possessions and has been with me for …

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Go do it.

Before I get into today’s post, a big THANK YOU to those of you who read about my sweet Bea. Your loving, thoughtful responses are not lost on this mama and the rest of Team Honeypie – we’re grateful and filled with hope for our girl’s life, and for the ever-expanding awareness of our world …

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