Tag Archives: mindfulness

End of 2017

Hey stranger, it’s me. Thank you for still reading. I know it has been way too long. I will explain. Let’s talk about social media first. I am going to be shutting down the Facebook page for my website today. … Continue reading

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The Lego model of your brain

This is the entry that I try to finish the week before going on holiday. So to make it somewhat easier I thought I would try to combine psychology and Lego. Here it goes. In the past few weeks, with … Continue reading

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The Therapy is Dandy Vulnerability Scale.

Time for something different, and an actual tool to use with all of the latest talk around our own vulnerability. I perused the internet and didn’t find a very exciting scale already out there, so I decided we can make … Continue reading

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How is this (other) person feeling right now?

That’s the question that starts us off this time. It is part mindfulness, part emotional intelligence, part je ne sais quoi. It’s the opposite of emotional reactivity. Indeed, when we are being emotionally reactive, that is exactly what is preventing … Continue reading

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Mindfulness and Awareness. The Driving the Car analogy

In the past I have admitted I make many warfare analogies in sessions with clients. If you are a client, you know this to be true. I am a product of my environment, what can I say. As we all … Continue reading

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Counseling is Yoga for your brain

As in it gives you increased flexibility, endurance, and strength. It’s really quite that simple. When our bodies lose flexibility, strength or endurance, we tend to want to do something about that. Some loss happens with age, but exercise can … Continue reading

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Flexibility is the new strength. Mindfulness and meditation are not optional; they are the price of admission.

The Therapy is Dandy Guide to Having a Parent for a Narcissist. Chapter 25. This is the blog where I tell you nothing is free. If you want to improve your relationship to your own feelings and your relationship to … Continue reading

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You may not be able to have it all, but you can live without so much fear.

Another it’s-summer-and-the–heat-makes-me-cranky post, but this one involves Epicurus who, if you didn’t already know, is probably your favorite ancient Greek philosopher. Epicurus’s philosophical and life focus was regarding happiness. What it is, what it is not, and how we can … Continue reading

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Summertime Emotional Repression

The weather in Portland yesterday got to an uncomfortable 98 degrees. That is approximately 370 degrees Celsius for my readers in Canada (and all the other beautiful parts of the world—Dobar Dan, Bonjour, Hallo, etc.) Nothing speaks to me of … Continue reading

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The Second Arrow

Happy New Year! So, this post is really about me reposting an old Buddhist story that originated in the Sallatha Sutta. Read it and enjoy. I don’t have a whole lot of new commentary for it, other than I think … Continue reading

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