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Dialogue with the Inner Critic

When we hear too many negative messages about ourselves, from too young an age, for too long of a time, we’re vulnerable to internalizing those voices, hearing themselves inside our own heads, as a well-practiced annoying inner critic. [See the May 2018 e-newsletter “The Most Powerful Derailer of Our Resilience.”) “You’re really pretty inept, you […]

Cultivating a Base of Emotional Tranquility

Recent posts have suggested tools of focused processing to help you attend to and make sense of your emotions, to manage and rewire difficult negative emotions, and to use positive emotions to shift the functioning of your brain and to shift your moods and states of being. You can continue using those tools whenever necessary; […]

Self-Acceptance – Everything Else Falls in Line

A practice essential to emotional intelligence is self-acceptance. Becoming aware, allowing, and being with every emotion we feel – dreadful or delightful – as contributing to who we are, how we experience ourselves, and how others experience us.  [see posts Becoming Fluent with Your Emotions,  Managing Emotions, Not Flooding, When Emotions from the Past Trip […]

When Emotions from the Past Trip Us Up Now…

When Emotions from the Past Trip Us Up Now…

Managing difficult, overwhelming emotions, not being hijacked or flooded by them, is essential to our emotional intelligence and thus to our resilience.  We want to be able to allow and learn from even huge waves of feelings so they guide rather than derail our responses to challenging life events and difficult people. Recent posts, Becoming […]

Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify.

[more thoughts on emotional intelligence…] Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify. – Robert Brault Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. – Vincent Van Gogh The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial […]

Deepening Our Emotional Intelligence

Just simply living evokes emotions, and we experience one emotion or another every single moment of the day. We register delight in watching a sunrise, frustration at getting stalled in gridlock traffic, resentment when a coworker takes credit for an idea we came up with first, terror for the future when a spouse or a […]

Becoming Fluent with Your Emotions

Just like we strengthen our resilience when we become adept at returning from a startle/survival response to our natural baseline physiological equilibrium of calm and clear seeing, we strengthen our resilience when we become adept at returning from an angry outburst or a shame attack to our natural baseline emotional ease and well-being. It’s very […]

Resourcing, Reframing, and Rebuilding

The fires in northern California have burned out now; the winter rains have started.  Thousands of people are beginning to rebuild their homes, their businesses, their lives.  As everyone tries to rebuild when a natural disaster upheavals life as we knew it. As anyone tries to rebuild from a more personal crisis like a health […]

Gaining Perspective

[As a follow-on to last week’s resources post: “Gaining Perspectives When the World Goes Off-Kilter.”  May you take heart, stay grounded, become inspired.] When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.  My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff […]

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