The feeling of being stuck – whether because of a job we dislike, an impasse in our close relationships or because of a chronic health issue – is often exacerbated by the fear that lurks beneath this temporary stagnation. When I feel stuck in any area of my life, loads of anxiety-laden thoughts flood my mind and create an inner unrest. My mind does its best to coax me into entertaining thoughts like, “What if I stay stuck forever?” or... Read More

According to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. This well-deserved holiday celebrates all we have achieved, earned and accumulated through our hard work. While it is encouraging to reflect in this way, this perspective... Read More

Teens are suspended somewhere between childhood and adulthood.  Powerful influences such as media, friends and culture send your teen messages about how to be in the world. To deal with this precarious time effectively, it’s important to remember that teens have two primary goals during this life phase: Independence & Responsibility: This is a tough time for parents also as their roles and needs change as their child becomes a young adult and takes on more and more responsibilities.  It... Read More

If you’re looking to make a change in your life, setting an intention is a great way to make this change consciously and effectively. Choose one life area that you are ready to transform and follow the steps below: How To Set Intentions• Get clear on what isn’t working in this area. Envision what this life area will look and feel like once you’ve made a change (even if you don’t know what the exact change is going to be!).... Read More

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects approximately 14.8 people and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for those between 18-44 (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml). Numerous studies have demonstrated a direct correlation between our moods and ability to effectively express our emotions and our physical health. Strong evidence exists that negative mood states and/or suppression of negative feelings increases one’s susceptibility to illness, while improved mood and use of adaptive coping skills to deal with life difficulties... Read More

For some of us, this past weekend may have been filled with celebration, commemoration and connection. Freedom is at the core of what motivates us to grow and heal, and, ultimately propels our evolution as a species. Being free has always been and will continue to be that which is most sought after and cherished. Yet, why do we only acknowledge this precious gift on just 1 day out of 365? Why not experience the joy and ease of our... Read More

At the moment of our conception, we begin life with the potential for wholeness.  We are then birthed into the physical world with a full sense of aliveness; balanced, connected, and attuned to ourselves and those around us.  We are whole, complete, and perfect.  As we pulsate through time and space we endure wounding, usually unintentional, and internalize these events that then harden our hearts.  As we mature, life becomes an arduous juggling act of responsibilities, emotions, needs, and wants. ... Read More

Honor where you are–Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions show up in your life. Treat your feelings with the utmost respect; don’t evaluate their rightness or wrongness and don’t attempt to shut them off or sweep them under the rug. The experience of negative feeling states–sadness, anger, grief–is just as important as the experience of positive feeling states – joy, excitement, love.  Being fully present to our experience opens us up to receive all of life’s gifts. Express yourself–Communicate your... Read More

What Resets Our Nervous System After Trauma? with Peter Levine, PhDand Ruth Buczynski, PhD Dr. Levine: When I first started developing my approach to trauma – and this was in the sixties and seventies, so it was way before the definition of trauma as PTSD – I noticed how many different kinds of sometimes even seemingly ordinary events could cause people to develop symptoms that would be later defined as trauma, as PTSD. And I also was really curious why... Read More

With February upon us, thoughts of love and loss are likely on our minds. For those of us not in an intimate relationship, we might fantasize about the stability that we hope to experience once matched with the right partner. For those of us already coupled, we might have private dreams about more passion, spontaneity and fun with a different partner. More often than not, we tend to look for either stability or freedom because we have been told that these paradoxical... Read More