Recent social media movements have been generating more and more conversations around sexual harassment, sexual assault, trauma, and rape culture. Most prominent among these is the trending hashtag, #MeToo. #MeToo has created a space in which women’s voices and their silences hold equal importance, while honoring the many different ways in which women heal.Read More
Tuning Into Authenticity
We are led to believe that every action requires some sort of a reaction. We knee jerk, we impulsively respond to every request offered our direction. Winnie the Pooh is a master of observation. He listens carefully, states what he sees, and without judgment. Next time you're faced with something painful, challenging or requiring a response, try to make the choice to not respond. Sit on it for a day, or say "Can I get back to you on this?" and listen to what you can't hear. Pooh would approve.
Four times today, as I browsed through blog comments and scanned Facebook posts, I saw comments like “I am bad at meditating” or “I’m bad with meditation” or “I’m just no good at it.” - See more at: http://peacefulplanetcommunication.com/2011/10/13/you-cant-be-bad-at-meditation-heres-why/#sthash.PSTflWvK.dpufRead More
Last year, I went on a Brené Brown kick, as I like to call it. Her TED talk- “The Power of Vulnerability” was a viral hit, reaching more than 1 million hits on youtube. I read several of her books, watched her TED Talk, and went to see her speak when she came to Seattle. I couldn’t get enough of what she had to say, it resonated deeply with me. There were so many ways I was sabotaging myself and preventing myself from being entirely authentic with others and myself.Read More
You’ve most likely heard of a P.D.A. (public display of affection) but have you heard of a P.D.S.? I found myself experiencing one last week unexpectedly at a YMCA during an aquafit class. P-D-S: Public Display of Sadness. There I was in the middle of a pool with happy, chatting, splashing Seniors when a huge wave of sadness washed over me about an impending loss of a loved one in our family
I looked around, initially feeling embarrassed and hoping none of these fellow exercisers would notice me. Then I looked for the nearest pool stairs in case I couldn’t pull it together and needed to quickly make an exit mid-class. Next came my strategies to redirect my thoughts and use my mindfulness techniques to bring me back to the ‘here and now’.
1137 days into the parenthood experience and I still face the persistent internal battle of "Parent Guilt". Before becoming a parent myself, I had always somehow attributed that term to neglectful or distracted parents. Because after all, isn't that what the mind does to avoid pain- put things into neat categories. Little did I know how universal it was until eight weeks after returning to work from paternity leave, when I began to feel this indescribable gnawing feeling in my gut.Read More
Do you find yourself distracted while eating by "To Do" lists, the needs of everyone around you, a conversation you had earlier in the day, or any other multitude of thoughts or emotions that have you mindlessly eating until you've cleared your plate? Enter mindfulness- becoming more intimately connected with a ritual we do all day long- eat.Read More
Looks like not only are we on to something with mindfulness as an integrative technique to help our clients deal with their issues, but it can actually diminish mental illness!