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    A Doula for Life Challenges

    Posted on February 7, 2019 by Lani Axman in Love, Mental Health, Service, Women.

    Now that my antidepressant┬ádose is so minuscule, I am noticing some things. One is that I am much more emotional than I was while taking my full dose. It is actually really nice to be able to weep again after years of feeling sort of numb. Another thing I am noticing is that my spiritual […]

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    Finding Franklin

    Posted on September 22, 2017 by Lani Axman in Angels, Books, Heroes, Service, Stories.

    [Revised version of an essay originally written July 6, 2007]   In the weeks after the deaths of my brother Steven and his wife Catheryn, I found a photograph that instantly gripped me. In the photo, Steven was standing next to a statue of his recently adopted hero, Benjamin Franklin, along the Freedom Trail in […]

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    Supposed to and Stuff

    Posted on July 10, 2017 by Lani Axman in Choices, Grace, Jesus Christ, Love, Sacrifice, Service, Thoughts.

    A conversation with a family member this past week has me thinking a lot about choices, God’s will, commandments, promptings, and agency. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “supposed to.” People of faith often talk about feeling that they are “supposed to” do something, be somewhere, help someone, etc. My mind has been […]

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    Depression in the Ensign

    Posted on February 5, 2016 by Lani Axman in Mental Health, Service, Stories.

    I was pretty excited to see this in the February issue of the Ensign magazine. Though I have never really felt ashamed of my mental health struggles, I know that many within the Church do experience shame about their own. So the more articles like this the better. Here are some of my thoughts about […]

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    Unintentional Messenger

    Posted on November 14, 2015 by Lani Axman in Angels, Love, Service, Stories, Thoughts.

    Sometimes something happens and the only way I know how to process it is to write about it. That’s why I’m sitting here at the computer, still in my pajamas so late in the morning. A woman I don’t know came to the door a few minutes ago. She was looking for my next-door neighbor–her […]

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    When You Can’t Do Anymore

    Posted on October 31, 2015 by Lani Axman in Grace, Jesus Christ, Meditation, Mental Health, Service, Suicide.

    A little over a year ago, we came home after an extended stay with my parents. I was battling severe anxiety and depression, compounded by withdrawals from a temporary anxiety medication my body had not responded well to. On my first Sunday back, we made a visit to the bishop’s house. He wanted to meet […]

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    Holding Space

    Posted on July 9, 2015 by Lani Axman in Kundalini Yoga, Love, Meditation, Neutral Mind, Service.

    For the past week I have been working on getting supplies to make a riser or platform for our Kundalini Yoga Workshop this coming Saturday. It has been a lot of work trying to find what I need without spending a fortune while also making it portable and easy to assemble. At moments I have […]

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