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The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
Hunter S. Thompson
I cannot even begin to try to explain how difficult it is for men over the age of 25 years-old to cultivate friendships with fellow men. We live in a wickedly competitive, crazybusy society that most men have learned to play as a zero-sum game, meaning that whatever one man possesses or succeeds in results in something less for everyone else. Gore Vidal famously commented that in America "It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." This is also known out here in woo-woo land as a "scarcity mentality," the opposite of believing that the universe is abundant and there is enough for everyone.
One would think that psychotherapists and yoga teachers would be above the common fray, but I have witnessed as much sniping, backstabbing, lying, money-grubbing and flakiness in the healing communit...
Happiness cannot be pursued. You do not find happiness; happiness finds you. It is not an end in itself, but a by-product of other activities, often arriving when it is least expected. Mick Brown
Everything we learn from popular culture - that sex, drugs, money, "bling," power, marriage, employment and the America dream of homeownership bode well for personal pleasure - may not actually provide us with the sharpest tools for cultivating authentic happiness.
The reason for this is that once any desire is sated, it is quickly replaced by a new desire. That is how our minds were designed to operate and this was extremely functional when we dreamt of crawling out of the oceans, moving into comfortable caves, escaping being eaten by dinosaurs, developing languages, and raising our offspring to live past the age of six months old.
However, this "hedonic treadmill" as it has been called, may not be so functional if you are a typical American homeowner in 2014 with large mortgage and a leak...
"A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life." - Richard Bach
I find it incredibly exciting and rewarding to offer Premarital Counselling as well as Wedding Ceremonies to my clients. I truly believe that bringing together Soulmates is a sacred responsibility, and I take my work very seriously. In my private life, I have been married for 15 years to my very own Soulmate, and we have been blessed with a wonderful life. I would consider it an honour to share my years of experience with you in preparation for your blessed event. I believe that every couple who desires to marry h...
NAVIGATING THE STRESS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
by Carol Sampson, LCSW
As the parent of a high school student and a therapist who treats adolescents, I have been thinking a lot about the stresses students face when they near the transition from high school to college. Parents and students typically focus on the college application process. They plot timetables for standardized tests, research schools, and plan college visits. But a topic too often neglected is the emotional issue students confront when they begin planning for college. It is important for parents to understand the emotional demands their teens face so that they can help ease the stress of the years preceding college.
There is no doubt that many high school students are frazzled. Fully aware of today’s intense competition for entry to colleges, many are up until midnight completing homework. Their days are crammed with afterschool activities -- sports, theater, SAT tutors, volunteerism -- and jobs. Many can...
"If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation." - The Dalai Lama
I am pleased to announce that we are now holding weekly Sunday Morning Meditation in Aurora Ontario. 9am to 10 am, everyone welcome, by donation. Please note, my guided meditations are conducted with a Metaphysical Science wellness approach. People of all belief systems will benefit from the healing energy. Please call 289 879-0177 or email me at email@example.com to register.
I began my career in Metaphysics 25 years ago, working for the Koffler family (of the Koffler Medical Museum in Hillary House), teaching yoga and guided meditation at the King Ranch, an exclusive health spa that catered to the celebrity elite. It was an incredible experience working alongside some of the pioneers in executive stress reduction, and it launched my career in Metaphysics. Guided meditation techniques are used...
So just when you thought you had the whole parenting thing down, you blink and your child is now a tweenager/teenager (cue horror music here). Although there is no need to panic, you do need to make some adaptations to your technique in order to smoothly transition into and ride the wave of adolescence.
While it is imperative to truly listen to your child at any age, it becomes even more important when dealing with adolescents. Allow me to re-emphasize this: Listen, listen, listen!
Actively listening communicates to your adolescent that you are always available and that the communication highway is always open. Although she may not always take you up on the offer, she knows exactly where to find you. When she was younger, your child came to you with minor problems and you became really good at being the “fixer.” A scraped knee – that’s an easy fix with a kiss and Band-Aid. But now your adolescent’s woes may run much deeper. Don’t panic because I&rsq...
Parenting is Climate Control Blog posted September 21, 2013
Summer is almost over and the school year has already begun. Most days, outside temperatures are becoming manageable as the summer heat retreats to the middle of the day. As I reach for the thermostat in my house, I am reminded of Dr. Gary Landreth’s analogy of parents choosing to play the role of thermostats rather than thermometers in the family. ￼
As a parent of school-aged children, the new school year has ushered in a different level of activity in our household that requires a time of adjustment for all. So as outside temperatures become more manageable, inside the house, the heat is on! The rapid pace of school days, new departure times and morning routines for different children, a new schedule of after school activities, parental and professional commitments — all inevitably collide until we find a rhythm for the medium term, until next June. Meanwhile, I hear myself saying ‘hurry up!” and ...
Although it is nicknamed the season of joy, many people can get a bit 'down' this time of year. Maybe it is the weather or the lack of light. Maybe it's loneliness, lack of money or the loathing of a situation (job, home, relationship). The fact is that the joy always exists whether we choose to participate in it or not. Not participating in joy even if you want to-that would be known in the healing world as a 'blockage.' A (mental, spiritual) blockage just means that your energy is not flowing as it should be-rememeber our energy system, just like water or electricity needs to be in constant motion. When it stops flowing is exactly the time that mental/physical/spiritual problems develop (btw Modern Medicine is just starting to catch on to this). The solution is to simply get your energy flowing again. How do you do this? Well certainly any healing art such as self hypnosis, meditation, yoga, tai chi, EFT or Reiki would help. Even easier, simply move. That's right, move. This can be men...
The holidays are upon us, and so is drinking, drugging, and acting crazy. Dinner at Aunt Edna’s where she talks non-stop about her personal life. Another family member drinking and passing out in the mashed potatoes. OR its the dreaded holiday party where the alcohol flows and everyone is getting frisky with each other, only to regret it in the morning.
So what is a person to do?
HIRE A SOBER COACH OR SOBER COMPANION!
They can help get you through the holiday stress! We offer sessions via phone (hourly), in person, or 12 and 24 hour blocks of time to get you through the event. We can coach you remotely, and be available to you as the needs arise. We can even go to the event with you and assist you in getting through it. Holiday parties, weddings, etc. are our specialty.
Click on our link ‘sober companions’ to see our staff.
Thirty years ago, I was introduced recovery. It was not long after my 27th birthday. Because I come from generations of families that had at least one practicing alcoholic, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about the disease of addiction. The first book I read on the topic is titled, "Under the Influence." The book today is just as enlightening and relevant as it was three decades ago. I encourage all of my clients with a family history of addiction to read this ground-breaking book. And I encourage fellow collegues who do not embrace a family systems approach to therapy to read it as well.
Long before the psychological community adopted a family systems view of counseling, the addiction community emphasized the importance of including family members of addicts in the treatment process. The 12-step community already had Alanon and Adult Children of Alcoholics groups to support the family. Modern-day rehab facilities lagged far behind this grass-root ef...
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