Marianela Medrano-Marra

Marianela Medrano

Marianela Medrano is a counselor and Dominican writer living and practicing in Stamford, CT. She writes poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction; with publications including essays and four books of poetry.

  • A Broken Heart Must Remain Open

    Mar 08, 2018
    Oysters protect the soft part of their bodies by snapping their shells shut as a response to any sign of danger. For the mollusks in the sea, the closing down action makes sense as a defense mechanism. The case is not so for us humans when confronted with emotional or psychological difficulties.
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  • Befriending the Aging Body

    Nov 01, 2017
    I just returned from the Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clastkine, Oregon, a community of lay and ordained people who gather to practice Zen Budhism in the Soto/Rinzai lineage, with sprinkles of Tibetan and Theravada traditions. The monastery has a Jizo Garden, a memorial garden to the dead and a shrine of vows, a place where one can leave tokens of our deepest aspirations.
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  • The Sky and the Weather Metaphor

    Jul 24, 2017
    I am traveling through open fields in south France, St. Etienne, Le Puy-en-Velay, Macon. My chest feels expansive, free as I slowly inch my way through a portion of El Camino de Santiago, this ancient pilgrimage route stretching across the long and curvy body of Europe, ending in Santiago de Compostela in the north-west part of Spain.
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  • Why I Ask My Clients to Go Hungry

    Jun 06, 2017
    n my practice, the number of people I see on a weekly basis who are at the mercy of disorderly eating grows at an alarming rate. I hear their pain. I come from a culture where food is at the heart of who we are and how we relate to others.
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  • Four Paths to Psychological Flexibility

    May 15, 2017
    Poetry has served me well. As a child I learned to seek refuge in silence, in reading and in writing, whenever I was confronted with difficulties. It turned into a habitual practice and offered me the confidence to trust that no matter how disturbing the circumstances I always had a way out or a way in, depending on the situation at hand.
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