Thursday, July 2, 2015

How lawyers can avoid burnout and debilitating anxiety --by Leslie A. Gordon

Anxious man
Illustration by Jeff Dionise

Originally Posted here

Soon after graduating from New York University School of Law and joining the corporate practice of a white-shoe Manhattan law firm, Will Meyerhofer gained 45 pounds, was sleep-deprived and was frequently sick. "I was a nervous wreck. I was shattered," says Meyerhofer, who'd also graduated from Harvard. "Even though I got to the very top, I was treated like an idiot and I felt I didn't belong in the field. I was a mess. At the end of the day, I really only looked forward to seeing my dog."

Not surprisingly, this experience triggered major anxiety for Meyerhofer, who often found himself "curled up in a ball, crying, losing it." Even after he left the profession, he had panic dreams about being back at the firm.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After Charleston, how a Buddhist outlook can help --by Sam Littlefair Wallace

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Demonstrators hold up a light banner at a demonstration in Madison, Wisconsin on June 19. Photo by Light Brigading.

Originally Posted Here

On Monday, Zen priest angel Kyodo williams and a group of community members held a discussion about how we can mindfully respond to racism and white supremacy in the wake of the Charleston shooting. After a guided meditation and a minute of silence for each of the nine victims of the shooting, CTZNWELL founder Kerri Kelly opened the conversation with a question: 

“How do we find the words to speak about what happened? And how do we tell the right story?”

Much of the discussion centered around discomfort, and the importance of overcoming politeness to engage in meaningful conversations.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Christopher's Eyes - A Response to the South Carolina Slayings --by Tanya Touchstone, ACOF Facilitator

It seems appropriate to share something I wrote 10 years ago in response to an experience I had at the office, and in humble tribute to those slain in the South Carolina shootings. --Tanya Touchstone, ACOF Facilitator

And as I looked into Christopher’s eyes, my eyes locked into his and hundreds of years of brutal torture unmasked itself.  I could hear the ignorant whisper “black” echoing deep in my ear, a bullet whirring, whizzing and then careening with a dull thud. 

Looking deeply, I saw pain, torture, and hunger; I felt fear, neglect, and abandonment; and I heard dogs barking and screams … screams so loud, terrifying, and wrenching that I could hardly keep the tears from welling up in my eyes.  I could see it.  I could feel it.  I could hear it.  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Girl inspires others while battling cancer --by Paige Hill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some of the strongest, most selfless people we meet are fighting the hardest battles.

11-year-old Audrey Williams was diagnosed with brain cancer last April after doctors found a tumor in her brain and she’s been fighting ever since.

In attempt to help Audrey not feel so scared, her friends and family threw together a last minute team for the Brain Tumor Alliance 5k.

They ended up getting second place in fundraising and number of runners and of course she wants to beat that this year.

Her team is called “Audrey’s Minons” after her favorite little yellow characters from the movie “Despicable Me” and the upcoming “Minions”

As they are gearing up and fundraising,

Audrey has recently accepted Ellen’s challenge to just keep dancing through cancer and she wants everyone to join her.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


ACOF member Lisa accepted our friend Audrey's Ellen-Inspired Video Challenge!, along with friends Jacqi, Jane, and Randi, who created this fun, spontaneous video in an effort to send some cheer to our dear friend, Audrey, who is battling brain cancer. Please visit Audrey's Minions FB page to send her some cheer and create a video of your own to assist her in raising awareness of Pediatric Cancer. #JustKeepDancing  -- Garden courtesy of Larry and Todd--Video courtesy of Scott.

"Spread the joy my friends. It makes life worth living." --The Enchanted Garden Gals!


#JustKeepDancing #ellentube #EllenDeGeneres #kids

ACOF Member Judy Serna and her two Miniature Doxies Otie & Lux Accept our Video Challenge - #justkeepdancing !

In a POST to this blog on May 27, 2015, ACOF issued a challenge to others to make and post videos for Audrey, the 11 year old daughter of one of our members, who is battling pediatric brain cancer - valliantly, we may add!  ACOF sends a big thank you to fellow ACOF member Judy Serna and her two miniature Doxies, Otie and Lux for accepting the challenge!  Enjoy this video, and #justkeepdancing !! --ACOF Admin


Monday, June 8, 2015

A good rest --by Joan Chittister

We drive ourselves from one exhaustion to another. We pace our societies by the pace of our computers. We conduct the major relationships of our lives—both professional and personal—according to the speed of our communications. We measure ourselves by the amount of our productivity and every day we become more exhausted, less rested in body, spirit and mind, and so less capable of producing things, let alone of developing relationships, as a result. That’s not irony, that’s tragedy. And though we know it, we do not know what to do about it.