Does the Thought of Being Caught Reading a Self-Help Book Embarrass You?
Sometimes self-help is better than no help at all. Saturating yourself with good information and wisdom sources is Strategy of the Spirit # 9
Have You Ever Wondered Why Common Sense is Called Common?
I once overheard an emergency room physician say, “When they invent the common sense vaccine we’ll all be out of business.” ... Read More
Pope Francis's Happier Happiness
I led a study group on Taking Happiness Seriously some years ago. There are more books, podcasts and blogs now on Happiness than ever before. What has become clear is that Happiness is not simply an elusive emotion that some lucky people have and others do not. Happiness is a life orientation that can be chosen. It can be cultivated by ... Read More
There Are Many Personality Type Tests...
but there are only three I routinely use in my practice. People generally love taking personality assessments and then talking about what type they are with their friends and family. Interestingly, the personality type test that can really transform our lives and relationships is one that first makes us cringe. Why?... Read More
If You or the People You Love Eat Food
Old sayings say a lot. The old saying "You can't unring a bell" came to my mind after I watched the powerful TedTalk you will find below. Why? Because after watching it I simply cannot "un-know" the alarming science and political facts behind the increasing toxicity of our food supply. "You can't unring a bell" means that... Read More
Did You Miss Any of These?
The top ten favorites list from last year was chosen by Pinterest fans. I have been so pleasantly surprised by how useful I find Pinterest! It is a great way to collect and store information and inspiration in one place so you can easily find it again. I also wrote a post some time ago Pinterest As a Psycho-Spiritual Practice ... Read More
Gadgets Remind Me of My Mother
My mother was a gadget freak. Some of them, like the Strawberry Huller, the Citrus Peeler - EZpeel , and the portable bidet she gave me when I returned from Italy definitely raised my eyebrows at the time. Yet now I keep her memory alive throughout the year by noticing all the great and glorious gadgets around me.
I Don’t Do Black Friday...here's what I do instead.... Read More
Living Wholeheartedly Requires Self-Reflection
Self-reflection is, of course, a necessary Strategy of the Spirit. I created the following Wholehearted Living Checklist to help you ponder, “How am I doing?” It is my way of defining what Wholehearted Living looks like. How many of the boxes in the checklist can you claim? ... Read More
How Do You Define Spirituality?
The question "What is Spirituality" will be answered in various ways. It is worth asking yourself how you define spirituality because the spiritual practices you engage in can have a profound impact on your life. As a Mind, Body, Spirit psychotherapist I needed a simple definition that many different types of clients might be able to understand and connect to. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!... Read More
’ve put together a favorites list of the most viewed, liked and pinned posts from this year. I am celebrating the one-year anniversary of faithfully posting one blog a week. Sharing the psychobabble insights I’ve gained in my 20+ years as a psychotherapist is helping me make the transition as I redesign my work life for the next decade. There has been enough interest in the blog that I plan to continue.
Your Top Ten Favorites Were: ... Read More
Creativity & Camaraderie Club member, Gail Haile, has generously allowed me to re-post her Thanksgiving blog post from 2012.
It’s the second Wednesday of the month!
Well, it was a week ago, but I wanted to share that as my reason for profound gratitude. The second Wednesday of the month is always guaranteed to be one of the best days of the month. Why? The second Wednesday of each month is when the Juicy People’s Creativity and Camaraderie Club meets.... Read More
I have often surprised my psychotherapy clients by the homework I give them.
People sometimes come to a therapist with the idea that simply talking about their issues and analyzing them intellectually will heal them. I am here to tell you that, yes, the insight gained this way is important, but it does NOT necessarily create the desired shifts in behavior or experience.
I will sometimes have my clients read or listen to certain fairy tales to help prepare them for needed change and healing. Consciousness researcher, Robert Ornstein, highly recommends fairy tales, parables and teaching stories as classic methods to strengthen holistic consciousness. Read More
It takes no extra time out of your day to listen to happy songs.
Choosing music more consciously has to be one of the most pleasant Strategies of the Spirit available to us. Once you turn it on, you don’t have to move a muscle. It has immediate and direct effects on our mood, heart rate, and muscle tension.
We benefit when we choose the type of music we need most at any given time: Happy songs or calming music. The science explaining how music effects us is growing.
Integrative medicine guru Andrew Weil states: ... Read More