Collect Memories, Not Stuff

I used to pride myself in knowing the only shopping I enjoyed was for produce. For me, a day at the Farmer’s Market was and is nothing short of a spiritual experience, while going to the mall is like a visit to the Inferno. That pristine image was forever changed the day I signed up […]

Self-Stories

“Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts or happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever flowing through one’s head.”  ~ Mark Twain The other day I had a face down in the arena moment. Someone didn’t “like” a post I shared on Facebook. I felt hurt and the […]

Self Talk

I’m going to take you on a brief journey into the heart of Being. As a therapist, one of my favorite roles is to remind people of their largeness – which I define as living a Self-led life. When describing the qualities of Self, it’s not unusual for clients to look at me quizzically. Recently someone […]

Fill ‘er Up

Brené Brown consistently delivers whole-hearted, thought-provoking material. The woman in on fire. Here she interviews Oprah Winfrey in classic researcher style, asking pointed questions on tender subjects. On the topic of shame, Oprah shared how she learned to overcome the diminishing question “Who do you think you are?” Instead of shrinking from self-judgment and aligning with the critic, […]

Let It Go!

It is the ability to find gratitude that helps us move through challenges time and time again. Gratitude helps us find our strength, open our hearts and experience the fullness of our lives. It liberates us from the prison of small mind/ego. The good news is you don’t have to lose everything you hold dear […]

Celebrating Therapeutic Gains

I sometimes wonder if the perception and purpose of therapy has been tainted by movies and media. There seems to be an understanding that “good therapy” occurs only when you cry your eyes out or unearth the deepest trenches of personal suffering. To be fair, the Kleenex is there for a reason. Exploring pain is […]

Gratitude = Connection

Gratitude defies a simple definition. It can be experienced as an emotion or a state of being. It can inspire us to act with compassion or align us to something greater than ourselves. Yet throughout all these definitions, there is an underlying theme. Connection. Gratitude arises from our connections to each other, to nature, and […]