“Music is therapy for the soul.” My love for music began, during my military career. I started listening to music in the early 1980’s for enjoyment, but as I expanded my taste in music, I discovered certain types of music relaxed me and other types gave me energy. My favorite genre of music is ... Views: 139
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Thomas A. Edison
I’ve failed a lot at many things before in my life. I’ve failed in jobs, relationships, businesses, sports and yet only a few times have I considered myself as a failure. Not anymore. While growing up and ... Views: 198
Mental health challenges in children and young people are on the increase and are posing huge problems for them, adults and the society as a whole. Families and schools alike, are now feeling the impact of this surge of mental health crisis. Something needs to give and changes must be made in ... Views: 175
If you relate to the following, you may indeed be a perfectionist:
You are very critical of yourself
You are afraid of making mistakes
You think in terms of ‘black and white’
You continually need approval from others
You set unattainable goals for yourself
You find it hard to ... Views: 212
Let's start with what counts as a complaint. If you tell your doctor about your headache, for example, that's not a complaint. That's because there's a good chance your doctor can help. So here's the definition: a complaint is talking about something you don't like to someone who can't ... Views: 134
Dysthymia or chronic depression is a common symptom of codependency; however, many codependents aren’t aware that they’re depressed. Because the symptoms are mild, most people with chronic depression wait ten years before seeking treatment.Dysthymia doesn’t usually impair daily functioning, but ... Views: 229
It has been just over a year now since the wake of Robin Williams's suicide resulted in a variety of questions and open forums for exploring & sharing information on the subjects of mental health & well-being, especially depression. I thought it a potent time to re-share the following ... Views: 146
By now, the important place that holding an attitude of gratitude occupies in personal/spiritual development and even practical planning has received enough mainstream press to be passe. My intent here is to revitalize the concept by returning to the basics, as many who've ... Views: 222
Truth be told, I am mildly obsessed with Serena Williams. Her talent and intelligence on and off the court, the longevity of her career, her comebacks, the authenticity of her ambition, her grit and determination, and her overall appeal are hard to ignore.
Other than Serena herself, no one ... Views: 201
For most people, when we feel sad we eat a bit of chocolate, watch a favorite movie or get together with friends and family. Unfortunately, serious depression cannot be cured by taking a vacation or having a laugh. It is something that affects your entire life and can be very difficult to ... Views: 152
Getting caught up in wanting - wanting both to get what's pleasant and to avoid what's unpleasant - is a major source of suffering and harm for oneself and others.
First, a lot of what we want to get comes with a big price tag - such as that second cupcake, constant stimulation via TV and ... Views: 79
One of the stops on our journey to discovering and understanding spirituality is an exploration of Buddhism. My personal experience with Buddhism has primarily come through the practices of Lay Buddhists; followers of the religion who aren’t members of the Sangha, that is, they aren’t monks, ... Views: 127
This is the second in a series of articles looking at how our feelings affect our lives and bodies. It is powerful knowledge that can help eliminate pain in all areas of your life. If you are struggling with something, send me an email or call.
Healing happens when you forgive
This is a ... Views: 127
Did you know that clutter can impact greatly on your productivity, your focus and ultimately your energy?
A study from Princeton University’s Neuroscience Centre “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms cloningin Human Visual Cortex” found that:
“Multiple stimuli present in the ... Views: 89
“We live who we believe we are”
I have recently enrolled in the part-time Psychotherapy program at Transformational Arts College here in Toronto (Thanks for the recommendation GY!). Part of the reason I enrolled was the realization that throughout my ... Views: 207
It doesn't take much for some people to get angry. For others, the process takes a bit longer. There must be certain criteria present before one is willing to relinquish their serenity. For those who fly off the handle rather quickly, there is a simple one word question they can ask before ... Views: 161
As those of you who have been following this blog know, a few weeks ago I started taking a weekly art class. It's been great for me to connect to my creativity in a structured way. I have learned so much about my creative process and I've only been in the class for 3 weeks! I can't wait to see ... Views: 140
Meditation gives you the ability to connect to your inner source of energy
The practicing art of meditation is the key to our journey within ourselves giving us the ability to move into personal excellence whilst encompassing our very unique inner spirituality.
Meditation allows us to know ... Views: 126
"A love without reproof is no love."
---Rabbi Yosi ben Chanina
Reproof is defined as rebuke or criticism. You may feel safer by seething silently when irked by a potential or actual marriage partner's behavior. But sometimes speaking up, with kindness and respect, at a time when both ... Views: 196
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and express gratitude. When we take the time to focus on that for which we are grateful, we feel fulfilled. Our cup overflows with feelings of abundance. According to Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles: “Gratitude is the single most important ... Views: 173
Biological Connections in Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are not to be taken lightly - 20% of anorexia sufferers lose their lives to their eating disorder, its important to remember these are very serious illnesses which pose a great risk.
Many people believe that eating disorders are ... Views: 73
We all have an inner ocean with its own rhythm. It's apparent in how we walk, how fast we talk, how well we relax and in our ability to deal with stress. It’s connected to our life force or ki. Our inner ocean is our soul’s vibration.
Have you ever met someone who regardless of ... Views: 141
Last night I was fortunate enough to participate in a monthly meet-up with fellow Miller Voice Method teachers-in-training. The meet-up was overseen by Scott Miller, head teacher of the Miller Voice Method. Another teacher and I led the exercises for the evening. It was truly inspiring to be in ... Views: 130
“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”
I was listening to a New-Agey podcast the other day-- ... Views: 152
Being an actor seems like the most fun job in the world. You ostensibly get to "play pretend" for a living. But sometimes for myself, and perhaps for you, it isn't fun. When my inner critic gets involved, it can suck all of the joy out of the process.
I spent a few years solely teaching and ... Views: 93
The truth of anything is like a mosaic with many tiles, many parts.
One part of the truth of things is that they are robust and enduring, whether it's El Capitan in Yosemite or the love of a child for her mother and father.
Another part of the truth is that things bruise, tear, erode, ... Views: 73
Are You Living Your Life the Way you want!
When I became a teenager, heading toward Adult life I had some very definite ideas of how I wanted to live my life. I wanted to marry someone that I truly loved and who loved me, as well as like me: I wanted to do something with my life that was ... Views: 170
We come into this world exposed. Our whole selves open for display. Our minds to fragile, with no experience to be ashamed or be shy with our exposure. As we age, we begin to build little walls around us, not letting everyone see the "real" person. We begin to gain friends and our parents send ... Views: 96
In my opinion, there are some addictions that are harder to deal with then others. Don't get me wrong, every addiction is extremely difficult to stop. But some addictions can be praised by society as a whole.
One that comes readily to mind is a workaholic. Management praises a great worker. ... Views: 171
"Hi, I'm Dave and I'm an alcoholic." I've made this statement numerous times over the last 21 plus years. I've said it at AA meetings and have changed the ending to fit in at CODA, Alanon, NA, and ACOA meetings, I've made this comment on different websites across the web. I've also talked about ... Views: 146
“Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow.” Swami Satyanada Saraswati
We see it all around us. People are not well. High rates of depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness ... Views: 116
When Mama’s doctor had mentioned hospice about two years before the dementia had been diagnosed, we hadn’t been ready and neither had Mama. Granted, we, my siblings and I, had already been caregivers for our mother who hadn’t been able to take care of herself for the previous three years. But ... Views: 179
I think as long as I live, I will try to be a "success." I have a good idea of what the term means to me, but, the family I grew up in, pictures success as cash in the bank, money in stocks, a fancy home (or two), driving new vechiles, the list can go on forever. You get the picture. But as you ... Views: 86
At the time, I couldn't believe it would happen to me. We raised a family, we fought, then made-up, and made plans for our future - together. We didn't always have good times, but I honestly believed we would work through all our problems. We didn't have much money, nor did we go on exotic ... Views: 176
When I got into health care several years ago, I thought naively that I don’t want to work in mental health. By declaring this, I was of the mindset that I would not then have to treat people with depression. I did not want to feel down and hopeless like they did. Well guess what? If you ... Views: 175
Stress is our internal reaction to outside stimuli. Literally hundreds of factors can cause stress, from noise to resentment, from lack of sleep to poor diet, from fatigue to emotionally upsetting events. Through my experience as a psychotherapist/hypnotherapist, I understand the great ... Views: 145
The Chinese have a process or way of living using Qigong that enhances health.
In fact, they go beyond internal movement of life force energy to include wealth!
The healing art of Qigong opens up our body’s organs channels to release blocks.
We need to do this (as much as possible) like ... Views: 166
Stress is a choice; you can either welcome it in your life and live with it or do a little extra effort to keep it away from your personal and work life. In this article, I am going to share certain tips for beating stress while being at home or in office.
Stress Beating Efforts At Office: Views: 135
It is not uncommon for someone to have anxiety problems in today’s world, and while it may still be possible for them to carry on with the rest of their life, there is also the chance that their whole life could end up being affected. In this case, it is going to be challenge for them to enjoy ... Views: 166
Cyber-bullying is the deliberate and systematic harassing or defaming of an individual through derogatory postings and comments on the Internet.
In some cases the material posted can be disguised as professional opinion, as the opinion of a group of people or as coming from an organization ... Views: 111
Depression goes beyond the normal ups and downs of life. Sufferers of depression experience days, months and years of extreme lows that include a disinterest in life. Although the exact cause of depression is unknown, genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role in the ... Views: 120
This video blog post (http://mike-robbins.com/take-care-of-your-animal/) is inspired by an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert and my friend Jonathan Fields on his podcast, The Good Life Project. Elizabeth talks about the importance of taking care of her “animal” (aka her physical body) so that ... Views: 144
We all argue. Well, for sure we all disagree. Arguing is an option. We can peacefully debate opposite sides of a topic and without having it escalate to anger, shouting, name-calling, and hurt feelings. Yet oftentimes it does. When people do not feel as though they are being heard or understood ... Views: 128
Well I am a voracious reader of books that teach you how to use your brain more effectively. And I am a big fan of sharing what I learn by reading these books. But always I try to share my own interpretation of it, instead of just copy pasting things from a book. Recently I ... Views: 203
I read an interesting few lines in an article by William E. Krill, Jr. L.P.C. The article is entitled, The Child Victim of a Narcissistic Personality Disordered Parent. Although he is writing about the experience of children and the non NPD parent, he also writes about counselors working with ... Views: 115
Take a breath right now, and notice how abundant the air is, full of life-giving oxygen offered freely by trees and other green growing things. You can't see air, but it's always available for you.
Love is a lot like the air. It may be hard to see - but it's in you and all around you.
In ... Views: 64
You CAN eat yourself back to health. Try these easy and delicious ways to power through stress.
When you're upset about work, finances, health, kids or relationships, do you tend to grab a candy bar or binge on Cheetos or other unhealthy junk foods? My escape-food-of-choice when dealing with ... Views: 211
If you do for others and neglect your own needs, you are not nurturing yourself and you are not aligned with your true self. Often people are told they are selfish if they think of themselves and and put their needs before others, but really we strengthen ourselves when we listen to our own ... Views: 157
The effects of sleep on learning and memory are impressive.
Recent discoveries show that sleep facilitates the active analysis of new memories, allows the brain to solve problems, and infer new information. The "sleeping brain" may also be selectively reinforcing the more difficult aspects of ... Views: 135
We know a lot about the way the human body works, and medical technology has made it possible to survive conditions that would have previously been fatal.
Unfortunately, while we have learned a lot about the way the rest of the body works, our medical knowledge of the brain is sorely ... Views: 120