The Opportunities in Setbacks. And Rainy Days Letters

This post is part of the PPD to Joy treasury. It was written by Yael on June 24, 2011. We are now in the process of migrating the old post from the old website to here. This post started a trend. It’s about how to make a setback work for you rather than floor you,… Continue Reading

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Mother’s Day: The WHY and the HOW

The WHY: The HOW: WHY+HOW = True all year round. Have a great Mother’s Day. And I invite you to treat yourself to this 3 minutes ritual we shared last year: The Self Kindness Pause (complete with a meditation to listen to and poster you can print). Much love, Yael     Continue Reading

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Music for a Season, Music for a Reason

We are so grateful and honored to announce that Mama’s Comfort Camp is the beneficiary of the seasonal benefit that the generous people at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca are putting together:                   Music for a Season Music for a Reason… Returns for spring, featuring: HANK ROBERTS & OTHERS in joyous… Continue Reading

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The problem with the Oxygen Mask analogy, and the Right to Retreat.

Subversive Self-Care: The problem with the Oxygen Mask analogy, and the right to retreat. Did your mother model self-care for you? Most of our mothers never practice self-care, so we don’t see it as an option until much later than is good for us. And nobody teaches it in college, though we really would benefit… Continue Reading

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A song of unconditional love

I Always Love You Lyrics : Yael Saar (John helped). Music: John Simon (Yael helped). It’s hard to be your age So much you just can’t do So much you just can’t reach So much that’s not allowed It’s my job to guide you, and try not get in the way I hope you will… Continue Reading

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Comfort Carnival to celebrate our 2nd birthday

We are so excited to offer a family carnival to celebrate our group’s 2nd birthday! This is a real event, in the real world, not an online gathering. Our headliner, John Simon is a walking comfort pill, you got to hear the man. In addition to John we have a wonderful lineup of performers of… Continue Reading

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The Self-Kindness Lab presents: Shelter From the Storm, bodymind skills for anxiety and hard feelings

The Self-Kindness Lab presents: Shelter from the Storm: Gentle bodymind skills for disarming anxiety, guilt, and other hard feelings, with tools for accessing grace under fire. What: This is a four-hour afternoon retreat to support our anxious selves with curiosity, kindness, and practical bodymind tools for calming ourselves. We’ll learn how to respond in the… Continue Reading

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The Self-Kindness Pause

I have a little something for you: a tool you could use to create a pocket of comfort for yourself. It comes with permission and encouragement to take a moment just for you. I’m going to start with a question, and answer it with an invocation: Self-care is hard. And it’s easy to feel guilty about not… Continue Reading

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Suicide Prevention Day

Sharing my story of surviving suicide on this World Suicide Prevention Day 2013. This post was first published on Postpartum Progress. This post comes with the PT warning: Potentially Triggering. Take a deep breath before you start reading this and keep breathing through it. It might be painful to read, but I assure you, everything… Continue Reading

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Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health at Postpartum Progress

I am honored to be included in the  5th annual (FIFTH!!!) Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health at Postpartum Progress. Katherine Stone will feature 24 letters to new moms, one posted each hour on the hour, from great writers who understand the struggle of postpartum mood disorders. This event is so moving: words of wisdom and inspiration that… Continue Reading

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