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A Poem: The World Needs a Good Shrink

Reading about all the gun violence and resistance to gun control, I looked for a poem about how the world had gone mad but would somehow be OK. I didn’t find one, so I wrote this.   The World Needs a Good Shrink By Valerie Reiss I would give the world a good referral, someone who really helped me/my friend/my …

Valerie ReissA Poem: The World Needs a Good Shrink

snowy spring gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) a relatively calm, non-snowy winter. 2) a very happy birthday weekend that involved the porches inn, mass moca, a small boy i love, the man i love, good food, baking muffins, and more. (oh yeah, and laundry. because, birthday or no: i’m a mom.) 3) the freshest, juiciest mango yesterday on one of the snowiest …

Valerie Reisssnowy spring gratitude

maté gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) a maté tea brew my teacher/healer/friend valerie simonsen gave me. it’s keeping me awake without making me cranky. 2) my cough almost healed thanks to another brew, this one from my dear acupuncturist caroline radice. 3) the amazing bursts in development by my lil guy. since walking he’s started pointing, waving, and handing us stuff. …

Valerie Reissmaté gratitude

dream insight gratitude

I just had a dream that reinforced this insight I had the other day: Experiences that are troubling, intense, or traumatic cannot just be “let go.” They need to be processed, digested, and integrated. Then, we grow. But this idea that we need to “let it go,” does us and our experiences a disservice. Sure, the momentary upsets—someone cutting you …

Valerie Reissdream insight gratitude

clouds with light gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) the way the clouds out my window over manhattan are bruised but full of light. 2) next month = 10-year cancerversary. lots of feelings. 3) this month = baby boy turns ONE. lots of other feelings, some overlapping and related to above. 4) grady’s cold brew with om almond milk over ice in a mason …

Valerie Reissclouds with light gratitude

radio interview gratitude

a couple of weeks ago i did a really fun interview with sister jenna, director of the meditation museum. being in new mama mode for so long it was good to remember things like yoga and meditation and how they can help us stay sane and happy. i start at about the 8-minute mark. Check Out Self Help Podcasts at …

Valerie Reissradio interview gratitude

sunshine through the clouds gratitude

i am grateful for… 1) organic blueberry toaster waffles 2) the love and support of a man who has a similar sense of humor as me. being able to laugh at the same stupid shit makes everything sparklier. 3) the little face in my life! the face! the big eyes and perfect lips and puffy cheeks and four little squirrel …

Valerie Reisssunshine through the clouds gratitude

crib-flying gratitude

i am grateful for: 1) elizabeth gilbert on facebook. because this. 2) finding books read and scribbled in by younger me. 20-year-old me, to be exact. enabling me to post things like this: “When pleasant feelings arise and we automatically grasp them, or when unpleasant feelings arise and we try to avoid them, we set up a chain reaction of …

Valerie Reisscrib-flying gratitude