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When Someone is Angry With You

It seems to me that to feel any positive emotion such as love, joy, empathy, enthusiasm, we have to be present in our body to feel it, know it or give it away. As a highly sensitive person, this “tend and befriend” response to others can go overboard, particularly when anxious.  In other words, when

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What Packaged Scallop Potatoes Taught Me

I love scalloped potatoes but without my sister here to make them, they’re not happening.  Too much work.  So I was grateful to my friend for pointing me in the direction of Betty Crocker’s instant scalloped potatoes for our family Easter dinner.  Yup… just add water and milk. Delicious. Notice if any judgement arose in

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Finding Your Extremes to Find Your Centre

Happy Spring Equinox! If this seems like an unusual title for a mindfulness blog, stay with me.  So often we live our lives based on “this is ok, and that is not.” Think right now of all the things you deem acceptable, and what you spend energy working against.  It is noble to work for

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The Faulty Belief under Shame, Fear and Anger

“You can live your life as if nothing is a miracle, or as if everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you that life is all sunshine and roses and that everything is a miracle, that’s not my way.  But I am going to ask you to stay open

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Do You “Whatever” Yourself?

“The small things, they’re not small things.” Jon Kabat Zinn Have you ever been “whatevered”? If you are a parent of a teen, or a teacher, you already know what I mean.  Don’t speak to me that way. “Whatever” Please clean up your desk/room/socks. “Yeah, whatever” I’ve told you many times… “Got it. Whatever” One

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What If You Knew You Were Not Alone?

Bell “Let’s Talk” campaign to reduce stigma about mental illness raised a record-breaking almost $8 million this year! That is such great news but I am always stumped by the question… What keeps it so secret? Why do us humans find it so difficult to talk about our difficulties when clearly everyone experiences them to some degree? I have

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Moving From Fear to Love: Your Choice

Something very profound happens when we are worried, anxious, lonely or confused and are in the presence of someone else who is fully accepting, fully loving of who we are in those moments.  Nothing needs to be said. We connect on the level of humanity, of love. We know we are inherently ok, and we

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What Makes Good Therapy?

I am often asked.. What is the best treatment for anxiety? What therapy is the most effective for trauma? How do I know if therapy is working? These questions and their answers are very personal, but I can offer some perspective.  First of all, only YOU know if you feel like you are on the

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For When You Feel Stuck: Moving from Soft to Fierce

Feeling stuck?  “I’m feeling stuck” is a thought trying to describe either a tension in the body or a thought pattern of looping and not coming up with the next step or the solution.  Have you felt stuck in a relationship pattern, a work project or a life decision?  Sometimes feeling stuck is a symptom

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What Do You Really Want for 2021?

I’ve been asking myself and others this question a lot lately and have been doing an exercise that has been so helpful and revealing that I want to share with you.  You may have already jumped to answers such as : peace calm happiness my job back my health to feel good to see my

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