Self-Esteem

Body Parts and Other Things

Body Parts and Other Things

Discontent with our changing bodies is a rich source of suffering. The feeling is intensified as we age due to marketing and the cultural obsession with youthfulness. This leads many people to fight aging by any means necessary, often going to extraordinary lengths to hide […]

What to Expect In Therapy

What to Expect In Therapy

I’m reposting this terrific article by Jessica Semaan that was originally posted in The Medium: I have been going to psychotherapy consistently for over 2 years. My best friend is a therapist. I read a lot of therapy books. And increasingly I am realizing how […]

Authenticity

Authenticity

At its root, authenticity requires self-knowledge and self-awareness. Authentic people accept their strengths and weaknesses. They are accountable. They are connected to their values and desires and act deliberately in ways that are consistent with those qualities. Authenticity is about being genuine and real.  It allows […]

Embracing the Feminine

Embracing the Feminine

We western women live in a masculine world. The American ethos of “rugged individualism” favors force, action and dominance. As a result the inherent strengths of women have been marginalized as weak and insufficient to “get the job done.” Knowing our ability, we adopted the […]

Three Keys to Growth

Three Keys to Growth

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Elizabeth Appell Few of us are guided to fully own who we are. Almost everyone lives out of the misguided belief […]

Worry: Friend or Foe?

Worry: Friend or Foe?

Worry is a superhero, capable of leaping out of the present in a single bound. Its hidden power is the ability to travel through time in a split second. But at the end of the day, turns out worry is just a pint of ice-cream […]

Unplug to Connect

Unplug to Connect

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard The desire to be seen is nothing new. We come into this world with a need for belonging. What’s new is the means in which we are getting that need met. […]

Self-Stories

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 […]

Why Connect?

Why Connect?

“What is the value of social support if we are ultimately alone?” This good question came my way recently and gave me pause to think. There are many ways to go with it. One way I understand reaching out is for the journey itself. For […]

Befriending Our True Nature

Befriending Our True Nature

A part of increasing self-esteem is to never give up on yourself nor be afraid to be yourself. It is the means to finding your true nature and source of liberation. Your true nature is not an ideal to live up to. It’s who you […]