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The Art and Science of Gratitude

It’s encouraging to hear rigorously attained research findings about gratitude that validate what we would hope would be true about any practice that brings us out of fear, stress and negativity into trust, connection, and well-being. Last Friday, another cutting-edge confluence of relational psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness practice. Building Gratitude, the latest seminar in the […]

Ripples Make Waves

Resilience and conscious, compassionate connection are two consistent themes of this e-newsletter. Compassionate connection was this month’s theme of James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course. The deeply passionate and resilient speakers were Joanna Macy and Julia Butterfly-Hill , both speaking to the dire and global destruction of our planet and the courage to act that comes […]

The Benefits of Blowing Your Top

The Benefits of Blowing Your Top was the catchy headline of a July 7, 2010 article in the New York Times which began: “The longing for President Obama to vent some fury at oil executives or bankers may run far deeper than politics. Millions of people live or work with exasperatingly cool customers, who seem […]

Oxytocin: the Neurochemical of Everything Good

When I taught about the role of the neurochemical oxytocin in healing relationships at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy last week, the “calm and connect” of oxytocin was flowing in the room (!) whether from the topic itself, the relational exercises, or the safety, humor and bonding interspersed with the serious research data and therapeutic […]

Be The Change You Seek

BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK – AND RIPPLE OUT My first public event of this new year was a symposium on Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream. How to bring developed nations out of the trance of runaway consumption and exploitation of the earth’s resources; how to help people commit to “bringing forth an environmentally […]

Recovering Competencies that Went Missing or Never Were

  When there’s a lack of emotional warmth and physical touch in our earliest experiences, our growing brains don’t develop the receptors for the oxytocin we need to “feel” loved and connected. We may “know” intellectually we’re loved, but without oxytocin – the brain’s natural hormone that generates the “felt” sense of safety and trust, […]

Thinking Outside the Box

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. – Albert Einstein The impacts of global warming and a failing global economy require our leaders – and us – to learn to “think outside the box.” That requires learning to harness the neural plasticity of our brains to create new […]

Gratitude for Inter-Connectedness

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you’, it would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart For many of us, the approach to the Thanksgiving season evokes a paradox of rejoicing in sharing with loved ones the grace of loving connection, the resonance of belonging, and simultaneously the heartache of distance, loss, […]

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