Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. (Quote)

The Trap of Hedonistic Adaptation & Ways to Access More Regular Happiness

You win the award, get the promotion, hit the bestseller list, marry the person of your dreams, move into the house of your dreams.  18 months.  This is about the max amount of time we get to feel the euphoria of something great happening in our lives, and typically it’s even less time than that.  Even lottery winners who often …

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Trust The Process

TTP.  These 3 letters changed my life.  My professor Dr Clay wrote them on a chalkboard 20 years ago in a graduate school class I was taking. TRUST THE PROCESS he taught us fledgling counselors filled with self-doubt on the cusp of seeing “real patients”. Whenever we are learning something new, or facing the prospect of change and jumping into …

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My Meditation Journey (thus far…)

It was 20 years ago I was first introduced to meditation while on internship at the University of Miami cancer center.  I was required to attend daily meditation over the noon hour.  At first, all I noticed was my racing mind, impatience, and annoyance that I wasn’t spending my lunch break in the warm sun.  Within a few weeks, however, …

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Meeting Life with Full Presence

“Life is not meant to be a long series of unfelt and undirected experiences. We are not to be zombies and slaves, unconscious animals trapped in dumbness to the moment, leading mindless and powerless lives. We are not intended to be inattentive to our loved ones and the duties of life or the dreams in our hearts. Should we wish …

Dark Night of the Soul

“The feeling of being overwhelmed and torn apart, prepares you for new ideas and a fresh start. Your dark night may provide you with an opportunity to discover your toughness. You can see the point of staying in the dark is not to trick it into making you brilliant or germ free, but to make you a more interesting person …

5 Tips Every Yoga Teacher Needs to Know: Reflections from a Psychologist (and Yoga Teacher)

This blog post is one in a series on a blog tour for yoga teachers who want to get more impact from their private yoga teaching and find ways to generate a sustainable income. We are so very grateful to be a part of Kate Connell’s Yoga Teacher Blog Tour. Follow along on social media using hashtag #yogateachertour. Yesterday’s stop …

Getting Hooked and Practicing Detachment

I have watched myself get “hooked” a lot in the past week.  Hooked by certain people, certain words directed my way, certain slow moving children when we are already running late, certain tense environments where I literally feel the anger and unspoken words.  I am sensitive, and tend to feel everything, including the emotions of others and the energy of …