Ginny Winn’s “Blog Positive”

A Sure Way To Polish Up Your Attitude of Gratitude

One of the treasures in my extensive, passionate, daily reading, research and studies is an exercise I found in Simple Abundance: A Day Book of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Compelled by the fact that the book was gift from my loving daughter, I eagerly began doing (you don’t just read you do) […]

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

Therapy holds a key to freeing your brain from self perpetuated negative thoughts. One of the most enduring and helpful psychological tips I ever learned was in the ‘60s from my therapist Albert Ellis.  I went to see Ellis at his Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), the first of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT), […]

A New Lens

How is a photo session like a therapy session? On my way to becoming a psychotherapist I had a photography career.  In 1971 I moved from Woodstock to LA with a band doing the visuals for a mixed media musical and from that was hired at Warner Brothers Records to do the audiovisual presentations, and […]

Do you feel stuck?

When you are feeling anxious, angry, distressed, or other negative states, how can you be the change you wish to see in your world? It may not be as hard as you think. Therapy can help! People talk about generating the feeling inside yourself of where you want to be as a way to help […]

“A General Theory of Love” & Limbic Resonance

In A General Theory of Love the authors state: Adults remain social animals: they continue to require a source of stabilization outside themselves.  … Total self-sufficiency turns out to be a daydream whose bubble is burst by the sharp edge of the limbic brain. Stability means finding people who regulate you well and staying near […]

Community Can Reduce Stress

What is a great way to stress less?  Gather in the presence of others who share common interests. Pacific Palisades, a slightly remote corner of Los Angeles, between Santa Monica and Malibu is losing a little bookstore which as been a gathering place for community, a place for warm bodies to get together in an […]

Everday Creativity, with Dewitt Jones

“Creativity is the ability to look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary.” — Dewitt Jones This 22 minute video preview of a creativity program developed by Dewitt Jones — renowned National Geographic photographer — contains many metaphors for life and how to live it.  Focus, perspective, balance, passion, caring, and light, are all within […]

Stress Less with a P.I.E. Guided Meditation

Would you like to stress less right now?  Treat yourself to a 6-minute guided meditation.  The acronym for this exercise is P.I.E. Precision Notice the breath or sensation in the body as precisely as possible. Impermanence Change is always happening. Even a solid sensation such as pain is impermanent. Equanimity No judgment – no right […]

Would You Choose Psychotherapy?

On this site, and possible many others, you have read and watched materials designed to inspire you to transform negative energy in to positive, or manage your anger, grief, stress and other components of your emotional state.  The underlying assumption is that you desire to manage your emotions. Yes or No? Do you struggle with […]

The Key to Dealing with Stress, Anger, Depression and More…

“Mindfulness” is a word you may know a lot or a little about. Just one click on the title of this new book, The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life will put you at the heart of the mindfulness matter. This essay collection describes […]

Persuasion

Persuasion is defined as… the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action; inducement to act by argument or reasoning or entreaty; a conviction or belief. Persuasion is generally the subject of marketing and advertising.  However positive use of persuasion could enhance our communications. A masterful positive persuader, Martin […]

Tattoos on the Heart

The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle William Blake wrote, “We are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love.” Father Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, adds, “Turns out this is what we all have in common, gang member and non-gang member alike: we’re just […]

Imagine

We can create what we can imagine. Science recently discovered mirror neurons, which allow us to feel what another person is feeling, or at least provide a biological reference for this feeling. For example if a spider goes up another person’s arm, we react as though it is happening to us. The reaction depends on […]

A Few of My Favorite Books

A Whole New Mind, Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future — Daniel H. Pink As a dominantly right-brainer who has struggled to be more left brain to satisfy the conditions of society, I was thrilled to read this testimony to the future of right brain thinking. A breezy, good-humored read . . . For those […]

More Scientific Proof of the Power of Our Thoughts

More Optimism About Our Ability to Change at Any Age On the Sounds True recording of The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton the author says that if you want to change your life, you have to change your perceptions.  Lipton discovered that the environment activates cells, and our perceptions and beliefs mediate between the […]

Your Body Is Your Subconscious Mind

New Insights Into the Body/Mind Connection By Candace Pert We often hear about the mind body connection. From what I’ve learned, I believe the there can be no possible disconnection. I recently listened on CD to Scientist Candace Pert’s audio book, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind. Click on the CD image to the right […]

Mindfulness Explored and Explained

Learning Mindfulness was one of the most transformational experiences of my life. That was in 1986. Mindfulness is now a top psychotherapy intervention method, and popular across many disciplines. The following video provides a nice overview on the topic of mindfulness.