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When people ask me:” at what point shall I seek counseling?” I tell them: “if you feel like you are not as ...
The Molecular Weight of Secrets...
May 9, 2013 It is a beautiful Spring day in Portland, Oregon. I turn in my chair to look out the big skylight in my office. ...
Are You Procrastinating Again?
We all do it, we set goals, create actions to take, say we are going to do something but somewhere along the way we lose sigh...
Anxiety Symptoms and Treatment
Anxiety Symptoms & Treatment It’s important to remember that when dealing with anxiety we first understand that it...
I am a member of a collective garden, where about 20 of us work together to grow food, educate ourselves on sustainability, practice organic farming methods and generally have a good time. We have weekly work parties and also opportunities for solitary work. I have spent many hours observing nature and what she has to teach me about archetypal patterns. I have learned to look through the eyes of a pattern analyst. At an early spring work party I saw one of our members broadcasting seeds over a bed and thought that this was the expression of the archetypal field of cultivation. This was the expression of the development of consciousness, no longer reliant on mere opportunism for gathering food, cultivating requires conscious engagement and knowledge of the processes of growth, maturation and harvest to ensure survival.
Except I was wrong. This person had used all the seeds for the entire season on one half bed. What would grow in this spot would be a cacophony of differing greens, sala...
Have you ever wished you hadn’t done what you done? Or said what you said?The reality is that, mistakes happen! What is important is that you do not lose control of the situation. Be creative in finding a new way to approach your problems, in turning your mistakes into something more positive.
An activity, which will help you practice the aforementioned mindset, is to draw a Zentangle. When you first see a Zentangle, it looks very complicated. However, the theory of Zentangles is based on the idea that anything is possible; but one step at a time.
Zentangles teach you a way of thinking through drawing; that everything is possible, only if you take one step at a time. Practice this way of thinking and apply it to your life experiences.
To obtain more information on how to draw Zentangles, please visit our weblog at http://blog.montrealarttherapy.com/?p=106&preview=true
By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist
Stress is a part of life and is something we all must learn to deal with. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of the little things you can do to help lighten your stress load a bit.
Here are 5 tips for how to deal with the distress in your life:
- Practice trying to change the things that are in your control and letting go and accepting those things that you can’t change. Focusing on things out of your control is bound to be distressing, so work to practice changing what you can and accepting the rest.
- Take time for self-care. Try to do one thing a day that is taking care of you (e.g. read for 15 minutes, take a bath, relax and do nothing, meditate for 15 minutes, watch your favorite TV show, etc…).
- Laugh. Try not to take yourself so seriously and recognize that you are not perfect and it’s okay to laugh or to let yourself have a little fun in spite of your stressful life!
- Surround yourself with positive people. Negativity breeds more negativity, so try to weed o...
When you contact me about hypnosis, reiki or eft, you most likely want to know how a session "works." I always ask you a series of questions such as, are you committed to replacing the habits you have now? Here is what I mean when I say this: Habits, just like energy, always exist in some form. The ones that you have now are not working for you (or you would not be contacting me). So in lieu of "getting rid" of the habits we merely utilize the power of your mind to replace the habits you currently have with ones that work better for you. It is really quite simple and super effective and the best part: you are really doing it yourself. All I do is guide or empower you along the way.
I am a Southerner. Born and bred in the South, I have spent my whole life in either Tennessee or Georgia; I have rarely left the South except for a little travel here and there. One of the mainstays of being a Southerner is the ability to be polite in the face of almost any stressful public situation. Many of us do let our guard down when we find ourselves in the comfort of our own homes or spending time with close family and friends. Even when letting our guard down, we still usually find ways to be tactful: "bless her heart" or "I don't mean to be rude, but..." I am sure that people from other areas of the country do not really get why we so often go out of our way to maintain tactful phrasing and polite tones of voice. It's just how we're raised, basically.
Although I wanted to establish the foundation of my politeness, my point in this blog post is not that I am a Southerner. I try very hard to be polite to family and friends, including my own husband. It is very important to say ...
Who do you want to be, really? I mean, we all have these people that we walk around as day in and day out, and I think we’re pretty good folks most of us. But doesn’t everyone have a secret interior life? Somewhere in each of us is an unrealized ____ just waiting to come out and experience the world through our eyes. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time each and every one of us just threw down the gauntlet and let that guy/gal off the bench.
The inspiration for this post is my friend, Angela. She’s the person who makes me chicken dip when I’m sick, and knows how to do just about any bizarre and crafty thing you can imagine with a hot glue gun. She’s girly and frilly and in addition to that, she’s a really good therapist. So, just picture her now–resplendent with a careful manicure and a kind, nurturing smile. For god’s sakes, the woman makes bedazzled aprons in her spare time. However, my sweet Angela has an alter ego...
I am deeply grieved that there is no one in my life who loved me enough to get me something with “Bazinga” emblazoned on it for Christmas. You see, I don’t really like movies all that much. The only thing that can ever lure me into watching one is the salty goodness of movie popcorn paired with a punchbowl-sized movie theater soda. I am, however, an ardent fan of a handful or TV shows. I’ll watch the same ones over and over again until I have the lines memorized. Currently, my favorite is The Big Bang Theory. So, yeah, the complete absence of any Sheldon Cooper memorabilia under the tree has left me wondering if my family really knows me at all. For shame, sister and brother! As a footnote, in case you ever want a really dorky TV fan story, remind me to tell you the one about how a member of my dissertation panel (a distinguished journal editor) caught me making a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference at my dissertation defense and thought it was cool. I nerd swoon...
You know your clients have been abused and suffered severe trauma, drama and gore. Their lives have already been limited to that past event, so why not bust that reality and facilitate creation of the one they love to live? This Tele-series is about powerful living vs. living the restriction and constriction of the past that keeps limiting your clients. Create and generate the unfathomable and fantastic living you know you can facilitate with your clients. This Tele-series is for both personal and professional growth.
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February 27, 2013
Some life experiences bring us into razor sharp focus. They allow us to look into the small eyepiece of the microscope, magnify, and lay bare that which really matters in the world. I have had two such experiences. Both of them had me standing upon the brink of the abyss...on that thin line between life and death. I will share one of them with you now. Perhaps I will speak of the other at a latter time. This is the story of a man who, for a moment, knew very clearly what the most important things in life are about.
Once upon a time, there was a man who lay in his sleeping bag in the early morning hours of the Northern Indian Himalayas. Tibet is a stone’s throw to the North. At 16,000 feet, outside the thin nylon of the tent walls, the stars are so brilliant that it hurts to look at them. The night is cold and quiet beyond reason.
The man is coughing frequently and uncontrollably, as he lays there. Checking his spit...It is bloody. It has been bloody now for t...
I was rereading a Reiki book recently when I came across something that struck me. It said that a person is 'not a Reiki Master, but has learned to let Reiki master their life.' I just love this and I could not agree more. Reiki is by far my favorite way of helping other people but also for helping me help myself. Reiki is about being grounded. Once I am truly grounded I am that much more effective at helping others. Reiki is much more than just a tool or a way to make money-it is truly a way of thinking; one that definitely has affected my life for the better!!
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