Diversions, Part 2: Step Into Pictures

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a new feature of the blog, which will appear every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Part 1.

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This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is the Step Into Pictures Intro. You can use this Diversion several ways.

1. Read today’s Diversion (PDF)  — “Step Into Pictures Intro” — online or forward the PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print the PDF and send it to someone. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

“Transcend” or “Transform” Your Problems?

Explore whether stress caused by loss and change is better transcended or transformed.

pensive-300First, I’ll define two words that are often used in discussing change caused by loss and stress: “transcend” and “transform.”

Transcend means to pass beyond the limits of, to be greater than, as in intensity or power, and surpass or exist above and independent of the material experience. More or less, that’s what my dictionary says. Read More

Diversions for You and Your Friends

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Diversions for You and Your Friends is a new feature of the blog, which will appear every Monday.


6444-balloon-what%27s-up-4-x-3We all know that life has its ups and downs. When we’re up, we don’t pay much attention to our good fortune.

However, when we run into physical or emotional trouble, which is part and parcel of the human condition, our thoughts cannot help but focus on our problems. It may be a child who is addicted to drugs or is failing school. A husband may announce he wants a divorce. We may need to help an aging parent. Added to these situations, bills may threaten to pull the rug out from under any security we thought we had. Read More

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