With your feet flat on the floor, back straight, and in a comfortable sitting position, take 10 deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth.  Relax your shoulders as you do this. Close your eyes if you’d like.  Notice what it feels like to take each breath, letting your lungsContinue reading “Breathe”

Three Keys to Listening Well

Listening is loving. It is food for the soul and nourishment for relationships. Being heard and understood deeply has a powerful effect, enabling us to feel safe, cared for, loved, and empowered. However, listening well can be difficult.  This is becoming even more of a challenge in today’s society where a million distractions lay atContinue reading “Three Keys to Listening Well”

Making Space for Grief

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving Everyone will know seasons of loss and grief. Some of these endings we canContinue reading “Making Space for Grief”

Gratitude: A Poem

Waking up from a dream, I discover myself laying beneath a tree. It is lovely, tall, green. It asks for nothing besides this plot of land: a place to grow and be. The wind disturbs the branches, limbs dance above my head. I ponder, wondering what sight I’d see here if thunder storms rolled in.Continue reading “Gratitude: A Poem”

A Short Reflection on Money

Lately I have really enjoyed reading Hugh Prather’s Notes to Myself. His reflections are simple yet profound and refreshing. He talks on many subjects, relatable to young and old alike. Perhaps one of my favorite writings of his is on the topic of money. Below I share his thoughts… “The number of things just outsideContinue reading “A Short Reflection on Money”

Courage: A Poem

Courage Standing on the sidelines, a spectator peering in. Distant, safe, hidden and tame, Yet inside an untapped flame. An option lands before me. Timid, I look down. Sensing my heartbeat racing, the question floats here now. To remain still, the pull is strong, tempted to stay warm here in my hole. Yet, Courage, youContinue reading “Courage: A Poem”

On Feeling Stuck & How Therapy Helps

In my time meeting with new clients, I often hear some variation of this shared: “I don’t know…I just feel stuck.” This experience of feeling stuck leads many people to consider and potentially try therapy.  I have a hunch that at some point most people find themselves in such a place… But what does itContinue reading “On Feeling Stuck & How Therapy Helps”

16 Films for the Heart & Soul

With the cold, rainy, gray days of winter, I find that there is ample time spent indoors. As a self-proclaimed movie-lover, I try to take advantage of this time by watching films – be it classics, the newest Oscar-nominated movie, a documentary found on Netflix, or a fun animated adventure. Below are 16 of myContinue reading “16 Films for the Heart & Soul”

“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”: Thoughts on Brené Brown’s ‘Rising Strong’

Today I share my thoughts on Brené Brown’s newest book Rising Strong. The book is a continuation of her first two, The Gifts of Imperfection & Daring Greatly (which I have reviewed here). In it she continues sharing her findings of years of research on the topics of living wholeheartedly – or from a placeContinue reading ““The Stories We Tell Ourselves”: Thoughts on Brené Brown’s ‘Rising Strong’”

Cultivating Presence & Love: What Dogs Teach Us About “Being”

Eight months ago my husband & I got a dog (Winston, pictured left), and amidst the process of potty training and curbing his desire for chewing corners of furniture, we found ourselves with a new best friend. Further, in my little journey of puppy parenting, there are these small moments – flashes of insight – in whichContinue reading “Cultivating Presence & Love: What Dogs Teach Us About “Being””