|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM|
When you dare to think ahead to the last days of your life (if you dare to think about that), what do you imagine? If you are like 70% of Americans, you dream of spending your final days at home, in peace and comfort, surrounded by loved ones who care for you compassionately until your last breath.
But in reality, even though most people would prefer to d...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on September 9, 2014 at 2:45 AM|
As I write this I am preparing to leave for a 17-day trip abroad. I truly love to travel and have found that immersing myself in territories and cultures that have previously been unknown to me is one of the best ways to disrupt my “status quo” and spark new internal growth.
I love discovering new food, people, art, history, music, architecture, natural environments, and...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on September 7, 2014 at 2:25 AM|
One of the most difficult aspects of being a caregiver for another person is finding time to take care of your own needs. Caregiving is an unpredictable, chaotic and continuous task so it can feel impossible to create a schedule that includes time for self-nurturing and rest.
But we know the truth of the old adage: “You cannot draw water from an empty well.” In order to continue caring...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM|
Forgiveness is a very powerful spiritual practice that is often very difficult to accomplish. Whenever we feel we have been wronged by another person, or society, or even life itself, it is human nature to carry anger and resentment with us, sometimes for many years. The problem is that such bitter feelings are destructive to us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
When we c...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on July 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM|
(Several years ago I worked with Matteo Bogue on a project to write a memoir about his skiing adventures. We worked on it for a few years, but because of his illness and events in my own life, we never completed the project. Each chapter was going to begin with some of his favorite lyrics from the Grateful Dead. Here is the introduction as I wrote it, based on Matt's recollections.)
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|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on July 2, 2014 at 2:50 AM|
On July 1, 2014, my friend Matthew Bogue - Matteo - left this life after a long and courageous battle with MS. I met him 10 years ago when I was asked to interview him and write an appeal letter for the local agancy that was providing care for him at home. Here is an excerpt from the piece I wrote that sums up the impact Matteo had on everyone he met. Fly free Matteo - now you have your o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM|
"Be yourself. Life is precious as it is ... There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be."
- Thich Nhat Hahn
Recently a reader asked me a very pertinent question related to the quote above from Thich Nhat Hahn: "In this day and age, how can we focus on BEING when there is so much that...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM|
In my work as a hospice physician I found that most of my patients desperately needed to talk about life and whatever meaning it holds, as they looked back from the vantage point of their last days on this planet. For many of them it was very important to know whether or not they had fulfilled a purpose through their existence here or if they were leaving behind a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 14, 2013 at 2:55 AM|
I took the title for this post from a song of the same name by John Mayer, one of my favorite contemporary songwriters. In the lyrics to the song, Mayer explains that he and his generation want to make a difference but they don’t have the means or the strength to change anything. So, they are...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM|
You may have heard of The Butterfly Effect, which is both the title of a movie and the name given to one of the concepts in chaos theory. According to this theory, in complex situations, such as the formation of a tornado, changing one tiny circumstance in one location can result in a totally different outcome for t...Read Full Post »