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Easing the Journey Through Shadow & Light

  • Dawn

when the world is mud-luscious

Anti-Anxiety Tool of the Week: Power Poses

Power poses are expansive positions (e.g., hands up in the air in a "V", hands on the hips, feet wide, etc.).

It was Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy who did the original research and coined the term, then in 2012 did a TED talk on power poses that went viral. That's Amy in the photo, doing what is now known as the "Wonder Woman pose."

These poses, when held for even very short periods of time (like two minutes), appear to bring about an increased sense of confidence and well-being. And therefore can help reduce anxiety. Here's a condensed (2 minute) version of that talk if you don't have a lot of time. The full talk is 21 minutes (but well worth it). Further research has validated her original claims. Here's a link to her book if you're interested.

when the world is mud-luscious

In celebration of early spring I share a couple of poems and some photos. It is such an ephemeral in-and-out time, feeding us with warmth and promise...and breaking our hearts. A seed unfolding...

The first poem by Luci Shaw (one of my favorites) is just eight words long. The second, by e.e. cummings, captures, for me, both the unbuttoned delight and the wistfulness of early spring.

Planting seeds

inevitably changes

my feelings about rain.

Luci Shaw

in Just-

In Just-

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

piracies and it's


when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far and wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and






balloonMan whistles




e.e. cummings

A few early spring photos...

Until next time,


Photo credits:

Puddle-jumping, Phil Hearing, unSplash

Amy Cuddy, Brian Smith, Princeton Univ.

Seedlings, Francessco Gallorotti, unSplash

mud-luscious, MomJunction

Fiddleheads, Lawrence Walkin

Cardinal in spring snow, Ray Hennessy, unSplash

Skunk cabbage, Lawrence Walkin

Frost patterns, Dawn Hunt

Daffodils, Dawn Hunt

Violets?, Lawrence Walkin


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