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Recipe for Loving Kindness

COVID-19 has brought us inside which can be an invitation to look inside ourselves.  We are literally on a retreat, retreating from the usual everyday business of our lives. 

“The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.”

What brings you in to therapy?  What story are you telling yourself?  Have you considered the mind/body, connection in relation that story?  Could you say it is a mind/body conflict that’s driving you to seek help?

Do you ever wonder: What is this “Mindfulness?”

In a “Super Soul Sunday” interview with Oprah, Jon Kabat-Zinn beautifully articulates his inspiring answer.

We Belong to Each Other

I have spent the last week filled with the joy of inspiration driven by two disparate sources delivering arguably the same message. Father Boyle says we’re all nobly born and born wanting the same things.

An Ah-Ha Moment

How often do you experience being totally in the moment, fully focused on your work, a piece of art, running, an experience that you might describe as in the zone, a moment of bliss, nirvana? Did you know that a regular meditation practice can invite such a state to occur more often?

The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

In this TED talk Psychologist Susan artfully discusses the values and ways of developing “emotional agility”.

A Quick-Start Guide for Dealing with Unwanted Thoughts

Neuroscience has shown that neurons that fire together wire together. In other words, repeated thoughts create a pathway in your brain. We get better at what we practice.

Listening and beyond…

Listening is an auditory skill, but the kind of listening we really crave involves all the senses, including feelings. So as you tune in to the words, try to remember to tune into the feelings behind them, too – this is where the true connections can be found.

A Metaphor for the Potential of Your Therapy

I found this inspiring regarding telling and retelling stories and thought you might too. This is a metaphor for the chief modality that informs my practice, namely: Post-modern therapy, which includes Narrative and Brief Solution-focused therapy.

“The real thing”, “Lasting love”

Ellen McCarthy’s new book covers the advice she gathered from more than 200 couples, the weddings she attended and the experts she met on the beat at the Washington Post. McCarthy joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss what she learned.

Try a Little Empathy, You’ll Like It!

Often, even if well intended, we defend or dismiss. Try empathy when your spouse, child, friend, or colleague expresses feeling like they’re stuck in a hole. Meeting people where they are instead of trying to fix the situation may feel good to you too

Trading Places

Who is in charge you or your emotions? Would you like to trade places so that you are in charge? Our language identifies us with our emotions — we speak as though the person is the problem. YOU are not the problem. The PROBLEM is the problem.

Emotion Follows Motion Part II

Positive posture supports us to create positive states — internally and externally, mentally and physically. For insight and inspiration, enjoy this TED Talk from social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, on how your body language shapes who you are.

The Tapping Solution & One Giant Step Towards Mainstreaming Mindfulness Practice

This video shows Jessica Ortner’s interview of Congressman Tim Ryan about his new book, Mindful Nation, plus exciting and encouraging news about attempts to engage the congressmen and women co-workers in some mindful moments.

The First Present from which All Presents Come is Presence

Be here now. Take some time throughout the day wherever you are, whatever you are doing. Take a break to awaken your senses. Give yourself the gift of presence.

WAIT! Before you stress even one more time, watch this!

We can embrace, welcome, allow, and use sensations in our bodies to enhance the lives of others and ourselves. Watch the following TED Talk from Psychologist Kelly McGonigal for some great tips on how to make these conversions.

No, It’s Not Just the Thought that Counts

As a therapist, I am helping people expose problematic wiring. Together we examine the short-circuiting, and rewire in a way that lights you up.

Enter the Thought-Free Zone with Mantra Meditation

The following two introductions to mantra meditation will give you a good idea about meditation, and introduce a universal, easy to use mantra, “So Hum”. But there are thousands of other mantras out there – find one that suits you best, or create your own!

How safe are you from an emotional take over?

You feel your temperature rising, body tightening, fists clenching, energy building and no release valve. So you scream, hit, shut down, retreat or attack. Anger, here represented by Anger Bot, has taken you over. How to fight back against Anger Bot:

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Olympian Lesson for Everyday Thinking

Michael Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, attribute 22 Olympic gold medals to psychological, as well as physical training. In an interview, Bowman says “He has developed a mental file cabinet of what to do in every situation…

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The Heart Remains A Child*

When you hear yourself saying, “I am so stressed”, or you feel literally uptight — that is, parts of your body are tense — first, breathe. Often when I hear or even speak the word “breathe”, I find I am holding my breath. Next, a phrase that might come to mind is: “The heart remains a child”. […]

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Everyone is a Child

The child/parent relationship is so central to all relationships. You might ask yourself to describe a favorite teacher. What qualities would describe the best teacher? You are your child’s first teacher.

Mantras To Live By – A Gift from Ram Dass

“I am a beautiful soul.  Everything I do is enough.” In the 70s I was doing a meditation retreat with Ram Dass in the redwoods outside of Santa Cruz.  Five days of silence!  The thought terrified me.  The reality, however, was tremendously freeing.  Over the five days, I felt myself move in to a feeling […]

Emotion Follows Motion

How or what are you feeling now? Right now notice your posture. Is your back straight, your heart held high? Or are your shoulders rounded, your body forming the letter C?

Are You Weighting?

Lose your mind and come to your senses! Get out of your head and experience the pleasure of smart foods that tickle your taste buds and feel good in your tummy, leaving you feeling light in body, mind and spirit.

Kissing Cousins: Hypnosis and Mindfulness

I wonder if you, as I did, believe that the difference between mindfulness meditation and hypnosis is that you are “in charge” during the mindfulness process, while the hypnotist is in charge during hypnosis? In the 80s I studied and practiced Vipassana, an early form of Buddhist meditation, which began to inform my work as […]

Why Weight?

The mind/body/food connection is made very clear in this to the point craving eliminator video by hypnotist Jim Katsoulis The goal is to want to eat what supports the body you want.  And YES, you can reverse programming that may have come from family, friends and thousands of ads on a daily basis, which link […]

Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Talk at Google Headquarters In 1979 Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, to help patients cope with pain, illness and anxiety. In 1995 he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, also at UMMS. In 2007 Kabat-Zinn gave the following talk […]

More of My Favorite Books

I really love all of these books.  All of them are guides to the ultimate goal — happiness — and  have helped me in my psychotherapy practice and personal development, which happily blend together.  All quotes are from the book covers. Calm and Compassionate Children, A Handbook Susan Usha Dermond Dermond is a teacher and […]

Robbins-Madanes Video, Inspiration and Motivation

Tony Robbins is endorsed by a variety of leaders in many different fields and has been a motivator and teacher from whom I have drawn inspiration for  decades. Over the years I have used lessons and drawn inspiration from Tony in presentations to teachers, the public, in my practice as a therapist, and in my […]