Category Archives for "Exercises"

Staying the Course – Bringing Intentions to Fruition

Probably most of us set some sincerely intended good intentions for the new year of seeing clearly – 2020. Probably many of us are struggling already to fulfill those intentions.  It takes a lot of repetition for the brain to form new habits and adopt new practices. (I recently read a semi-official research study reporting […]

Awakening Joy – Absolutely Terrific Tools for Resilience

Some of the most important guidance and encouragement I ever received to support my own recovering resilience and well-being came from participating for years in James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course.  Learning tools of compassion, forgiveness, finding joy even in the midst of sorrow, in a seriously supportive community of seekers and practitioners, helped immensely in […]

The Paradoxes of the New Year

On New Year’s Day this year, a few close friends and I created our Mind Maps for launching into the new year. (See exercise below) Clarifying values, setting intentions, imagining how to breathe life into those intentions through wise plans, wise choices. This quote from E.B. White succinctly states a paradox embedded in any intention […]

Prayer for the New Year

Here’s the annual offering of this wonderful Blessing for the New Year by Kayleen Asbo; may it encourage and inspire you and yours: BLESSING FOR THE NEW YEAR As the hours of darkness begin to slowly wane from the winter sky, So too may the fearful places of your heart unclench their grasp on your […]

Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth – A Quick Overall Guide

An article of mine – Transforming Adversity into Learning and Growth – was published in December 2019 in Therapy Today by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It’s an excellent overview of what I teach about resilience.  It’s lengthy for a post, but streamlined as a magazine article with basic concepts and many tools […]

A Celtic Poet’s Blessing for the Solstice-New Year

The beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue (1956-2008) gave the world a rich collection of blessings for all occasions on the human journey in his To Bless the Space Between Us. Here’s another of one of his most treasured blessings, so relevant to this time of seasonal transition and weathering from the darkness to the light […]

Hope is a Tricky Thing

In the midst of winter I found there was within me an invincible summer.  No matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me there’s something stronger, pushing right back. – Albert Camus Tis the season for lighting candles in the darkness. Especially in the northern hemisphere where many spiritual traditions offer the hope […]

Candles of Light in the Darkness

The great paradox of the human condition – the abundance of life, joy, love, meaning; the reality of greed, oppression, illness, suffering. The human heart is asked to hold so much. People from all countries and find ways to honor the light of the human spirit even in times of darkness. Especially at this time […]

Applying R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) When Blaming Others

When client after client comes into my office sharing – exclaiming – the transformative benefit they have received from Tara Brach’s practice of R.A.I.N. (see below) I pay attention and listen up. Tara, of course, a clinical psychologist herself and one of the most beloved meditation teachers of our age, is one of anybody’s favorite […]

Peace in the Best of Times, in the Worst of Times

Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. -author unknown, on a coffee cup given to Linda by a friend In the northern hemisphere, we’re heading into […]

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