Where T.V. Fails Us

This weekend, as we watched the weather report, the newscaster said, “Wow, it is going to feel like a frigid winter day! 35 degrees! Better bundle up and stay inside!” and I couldn’t help but think to myself….is this REALLY the definition of frigid? Of course, because I “trust” the network in which the weather […]

Fiona, Job, and Perceptions of Me

Since the onset of the New Year, I’ve seen many posts about “removing toxic people” and “eliminating for-no-good relationships” and “cutting people out who don’t serve anything less than happiness” and “purging bad people”. But, as I read these posts, I begin to wonder: Could this be me? Am I a toxic person? Does she think […]

On the Basis of Human Connection

In a world distracted by technology, guarded by computer and phone screens, automated teller and customer service options, bill pay and pay from the pump, a movement towards “working from home” and to “managing your own business”, the lack of human connection seems to be altering our family relationships, our romantic endeavors, our mental states. […]

Encouraging Change.

The world would be a much better place if we could change people. Why do we want to change other people? Well, of course because we want everyone in the world to be just like us. Our lives would be much easier if everyone lived just like us–if they parked their cars in the lines […]

Sankalpa: An Alternative to the New Years’ Resolution

It is now January 4th, which means that 30% of New Years’ Resolutions have failed (and by February 1st, 80% of the remaining resolutions will have failed). Most New Years’ Resolutions attach some kind of numerical quotient: “read 60 books in 2019”, “increase my income by 20%”, “lose 50 pounds”. Yes, life coaches will tell […]

A Conduit to Experience

“We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C.S Lewis In yogic tradition, […]

The Lost World of Childhood

Wednesday marks the beginning of the holiday season, in which will surely, in all of us, conjure up warm, fuzzy, nostalgic memories of our childhoods. Every year I teach ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, I’m a little saddened when we get to the part about the Boo Radley game–the kids glance over this part, mostly because […]

The (Un)Truth’s About Social Media

Question–how many of you actually notice if I, Britany Ederveen, “like” something your social media pages? No one. That’s because we don’t care WHO is actually interacting with our content, but just that PEOPLE are. I don’t think I’d ever go to a social gathering and say to someone, “Hey, how come you didn’t like […]

Crown Chakra: “I never learn anything from listening to myself.”

This week, as I walked down the hallway, someone passed me and asked, “Hey, how are you, Britany?” I responded, “I’m doing well. How are you?”….and then kept walking. I obviously had NO intention of listening to their answer and of finding out how THEY were actually doing. I responded simply as a formality. This […]

Things We Can Give to Others (that Aren’t Money, Food, or Time)

Whenever I encounter a person going through a rough time, my first inclination is always, “let’s go out and buy them something!”–buy them dinner, coffee, ice cream, a candle, de-stressing lotion, etc. While there certainly is always value in these types of thoughtful and altruistic gestures, and the act of serving, thinking, and giving to […]