Entries by Lisa J. Lucas


Alcohol Anyone?

The word on the street (actually the streets are empty) is that there will be more babies born in 2021. I don’t know, I fear there may be more divorces and waiting lists at Betty Ford Clinics. We are all dealing with the unknown, and the unknown triggers anxiety. It’s as if we are all […]


Opt Out of the Collective Anxiety

The collective anxiety of humanity has people so engrossed in the media, so hypnotized by the news of possible horrible outcomes that we are missing the present moment, which might not be so bad. The truth is, if something bad happens, we’ll have no choice but to deal with it. Until then, stop envisioning the […]


4 Things You CAN Do

If you listen, almost every conversation right now is about what we can’t do because of the COVID-19. Let’s pivot and focus on what we can do. Below are 4 things almost all of us can do if we have not been infected by the virus. 1.Go outside. Go for a walk, sit on your […]


A good friend of mine, Mike, sent me this cartoon. Coincidentally I had just facilitated a workshop where I asked participants to envision what “beings” from another planet would infer about the millions of earthlings who spend money to watch others chase a ball. They might speculate that the “balls” (golf-balls, footballs, tennis balls, soccer […]

Students Want to Be Seen

Last week at the Scholarship of Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference an amazing group of West Chester University Students gathered to share their perspective on the topic of compassion and engagement in higher education. They had wonderful comments, examples and stories, but for the sake of space and clarity I’ll summarize. They want to be […]


Self-Compassion Isn’t for Sissies

On Thursday I’ll be delivering a keynote at the West Chester University Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference #wcusotla . The audience will be predominantly professors from various universities. What’s impressive about this, is the topic. The committee asked me to speak about Cultivating Compassion. There aren’t words for how extraordinary this is. For […]

25 Practices for a Mindset Reset

During the Winter in Wellness Retreat we’ll lay the foundation for 25 wellness practices that you can tap into immediately and keep with you going forward. Instead of dreading re-entry of everyday life, you’ll walk away with new insights and actionable next steps for creating more of what you want in your life. Recent advances […]

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Comfort Food for the Stressed and Weary

Everyone feels the pace escalate around this time of year. The grocery lists are longer, the money spent is greater, and the time needed to pull it all together is increased. If you’re in education, this week is typically survivor week. Schools typically have parent -teacher conferences and report cards scheduled right before the Thanksgiving […]

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5 Compelling Reasons to Retreat

Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back”. Wouldn’t you like to pull back from the world for just a few hours in the midst of the holiday season? Here are 5 reasons to step out of your structured day to day routine and create a bit of novelty in your life. 1. Reset […]


Extreme Self-Care for Educators

For educators everywhere, the stretch between late October and Thanksgiving is akin to a survivor episode. Second only to March (read my book Practicing Presence for more on March meltdowns), this is when we are most likely to lose our sh_t. I apologize for the profanity, but if you can’t relate, just stop reading. The […]