Psycho-Spiritual Soup Making
My previous post and recipe "Homemade Soup as a Psycho-Spiritual Practice"explains why I love soup making as a tangible, creative, nourishing act. I've written before that I'm a firm believer in an embodied spirituality, and making soup is one of the ways I engage in that.
Anyone Else Feel the Need for .... Indian Spiced Carrot Soup recipe.... 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
What does a couch potato have in common with a workaholic?
Neither a workaholic or a couch potato understands the true value and benefit of well-spent leisure time. It may seem strange, but our modern culture really encourages these two extremes:
- Overworking, over “doing”, over-striving for goals that always live in the future
- Under-Doing, under-engagement in tangible acts of wholehearted living today
Eleven things you may be missing out on... Read more
Do You Practice Power Posing Yet? Simple, Powerful & Research Based.
Your body language does not only express your mood, it creates it. By power posing for only two minutes you can actually alter the hormones associated with a more confident, powerful presence. Research now proves that your mind does not only affect your body... Read more
Seasonal Affective Disorder & Mild to Moderate Depression Season is Upon Us Again
Is it a coincidence that I've just been asked to give a lecture on this at Colgate University for the Shaw Wellness Institute program? The lecture is for the college community only, but I thought I'd share a bit of the information I'm putting together with a wider audience.
Supplementing Happiness.... Read more
Being On Time is a Life Discipline with Profound Implications.
On the surface, this Strategy of the Spirit is simple. It consists of this: Make it a practice to arrive five minutes early for every scheduled activity. (No matter when you think others will really arrive or the meeting will start.) Use that time to center yourself, meditate, read a novel, listen to something interesting, or simply sit quietly and notice your surroundings. Be present. Gather your wits. Take a breather. This is a challenging homework assignment I have sometimes assigned my clients.
Six more problematic life patterns involved in chronic lateness can be:... Read more
Soup Making is a Tangible Creative Act That Nourishes in Many Ways
I love the embodied joy of making soup. Smelling it, eating it and sharing it. Besides, who has time to chew seven servings of vegetables a day? A big pot of soup provides healthy lunches and dinners for us for a few days.
"Little is nobler than presiding over a kettle of homemade soup." Marty Martindale
"A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting." Abraham Maslow
Psycho-Spiritual Soup Recipe #1... Read more
I have never separated Mind Body and Spirit in my psychotherapy practice. I know that if I assign my clients homework in each of these arenas their transformation and healing is accelerated.
Strategy of the Spirit # 13 is called Embody Thyself. Why?
- Your thoughts and emotions have an immediate and profound impact on your body, health and wellbeing. If you are serious about maximizing wholehearted living, you will bring your body along for the ride.
Without the Body, Your Spirit Doesn’t Have a Leg to Stand On. ... Read more
Nature deficit disorder has set in here in central New York State.
For a month now it has been so cold even my dog won’t go outside. His paws burn from the salt put on the icy roads and they freeze on the snow. He refuses to master boots.
People are beginning to get cabin fever from being stuck inside.
Nature deficit disorder is real.
It is what we suffer and lose when ... Read more
Play deprivation is rampant.
I realized my own life was a bit out of balance when I did my own quick Blivet Quiz last week. So this blog will be short because today I am playing with my sister. We are both neophyte printmakers, and learning just like kindergarteners…. Experimenting just for the fun of it, and "just because we feel like it."
Play is important, but we are doing less and less of it as adults.
If you think "I don't have time to play", you don't understand just how important play is to wellbeing, health, intelligence, creativity and productivity. Find out how important it is by watching this TedTalk..[ted id=483]
6 signs you may be play deprived: ... Read more
Light a candle, light up your life…or someone else’s. The simple ritual of lighting a candle will never lose its power. And rituals, religious or otherwise, do have power (even the Scientific American says so!)
Three reasons why you should light a candle: ... Read more
Reading your body language. Why? Because it speaks volumes about your mood.
However, your body language is not only communicating with others. It is dictating your mood to you. It embodies your mood and decides how you can feel. Your posture expresses your mood…and vice versa. It simply is not true that you need your mood to change before you can feel differently. ... 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
Handmade crafts are good for you in many surprising ways.
I hope you will engage in a craft as part of your serious psycho-spiritual practice. Handmade crafts aid in developing intuition and have other important cognitive, neurological and social effects. As Strategy of the Spirit #5, it is another practice that increases wellbeing, spiritual intuition and awareness.
Why Connect Crafts to Spirituality? ... Read more
It was a sweltering day. We were oozing from the humidity. I asked Betty to join me at the lake. She looked at me with a deflated air and said, "I don't go to the beach. Look at me. I'm not comfortable in a bathing suit." I was astonished and deeply saddened. This young woman was in her thirties. Her preoccupation with body image was life limiting. She denied herself and her body the pleasure of cooling water on a roasting day. She denied herself the soft breeze off the lake against her face. I wanted to shout: ... Read more