Common Sources of Vitality

Explore a method for using images and symbols connected to sources of healing and strength in order to become more vibrant and healthy

When was the last time you thought about the miracle of your body? If you’re like most of us, you don’t pay a lot of attention to it unless it complains. When our body is going about its business, keeping us functioning from day to day, we don’t stop to consider how wonderful it is, nor do we think about all the ways our bodies are supported by simple things we do.

However, in working with clients, and in my own experience, I’ve learned that paying attention to these resources increases the impact they can have on one’s sense of vitality. And since your physical well-being is connected to your emotional, mental and spiritual well-being, by paying greater attention to these aspects of your life, not only will you reinforce your body’s natural healing mechanism when that is needed, but your mental faculties will improve and your spirit will be lifted. Read More

Transformation Now! (or maybe later) 

Explore how we progress toward change by negotiating five discrete stages, from our “comfort zone” to a place where we are able to maintain momentum for change.

In the January/February 2002 edition of Psychotherapy Networker there is an article by the name I’ve given this title. It appeared in a feature called “From Research to Practice” and discussed a large cross-sectional study of 3,000 people. What they found was very interesting. We generally do not enter therapy to actively resolve our problems, reduce our symptoms and retool our lives. Rather, we tend to negotiate five discrete stages as we progress toward change. Read More

Remember Your Safety Belt When You Are Under Stress

Create a symbol that will keep you from being tossed and turned
and thrown off balance when life presents you with a bumpy road

"Always fasten safety belt" - NARA - 513785You wear a seat belt in a car or on a plane for good reasons. They provide protection when you’re in an accident or when you hit turbulence that would otherwise toss you around. In the same way, if you’re walking on a narrow bridge over a rushing stream, it helps to have a safety net in case you fall.

You use this protection even though you may not need it. Why take the chance? You also buy insurance just in case you need it. It is also wise to be able to rely on this kind of protection when you hit unexpected potholes in the road of life.

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How Little of the World Any of Us Sees

Today’s featured video explores the concept of “onism”

If you’ve been following the blog the last month or so, you will have seen a couple of videos by John Koenig. He is the creator of “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows,” a compendium of invented words to express something for which ordinary dictionaries don’t have a word.

The one I want to share today is “onism” — the awareness of how little of the world we will ever experience.

In explaining this, he says:

Imagine standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die — and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here.

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Do You Tell Others Your Age?

Enjoy whatever age you are.

Blue candles on birthday cakeIn going through some old emails in my inspiration folder, I came across George Carlin’s “Views on Aging.” Although you may have seen it before (it’s been around for several years), as I reach my 80th birthday on June 11, I think it’s worth repeating.

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

“How old are you?” “I’m four and a half!” You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key Read More