Thursday, July 21, 2011

Name Change

I have made the decision to make my life as simple as possible. I have reflected a long time about writing with my own name instead of using a pen name for my blog. Now that I am out of most of the chaos with my ex, I feel empowered to use my first name as one would do in any Al-Anon meeting, which is Trista.

This feels more honest to me, and will also help me not to have so many email and Facebook accounts.

Thank you for your support during this journey.

Much love to all of you,
Trista (aka Sula Lee)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Redeem that gender

I know why God comes to this earth as a man,
In hopes of redeeming
That gender

God knows he owes us women-
Big time,

For the way those brutes


Friday, July 1, 2011


"Blaming is a way to protect our hearts, and try to protect what is soft and open and tender in ourselves. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.

This slogan is a helpful and interesting suggestion that we could begin to shift that deep-seated, ancient, habitual tendency to hang on to having everything on our own terms. The way to start would be, first, when we feel the tendency to blame, to try to get in touch with what it feels like to be holding on to ourselves to tightly. What does it feel like to blame? How does it feel to reject? What does it feel like to hate? What does it feel like to be righteously indignant.

In each of us, there's a lot of softness, a lot of heart. Touching that soft spot has to be the starting place. That's what compassion is all about. When we stop blaming long enough to give ourselves an open space in which to feel our soft spot, it's as if we're reaching down to touch a large wound that lies right underneath the protective shell that blaming builds."

-Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart p 105