Mental Health

Weaving A Story of Food and Acceptance

Weaving A Story of Food and Acceptance

I recently had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Jared Levenson from "Eating Enlightenment" for a podcast interview. We covered a lot of topics, including shame, it's relationship to eating disorders, religious ideology and my own journey from fundamentalism...

Losing Sight of the Real You

Losing Sight of the Real You

Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing someone else's face. Frightened? Confused? Wondering whether you're dreaming? The level of concern here connects us to why we get frustrated when other people don't seem to see us accurately. We act in an 'as if' universe,...

A Universe of Perspective

A Universe of Perspective

Stories are how we bind individual perception and social reality. Consider from a nautical metaphor, where stories are the lines connecting individual boats with the social pier. Sure, the boat exists but until it gets close enough to dock, the details of its make are...

Putting Consequences in their Place

Putting Consequences in their Place

Working with clients going through difficult times, many questions come up concerning fairness, justice, and responsibility. The world, it becomes painfully obvious, doesn't respond to our thoughts the way we'd like. Our pictures/stories of 'what should be' rarely...

Reminding Yourself of the Ground

Reminding Yourself of the Ground

How much of your life has happened without your conscious awareness? Sure, there's the approximately 8 hours a day of sleep, which, doing the math, is 2920 hours, translated to 121 days or 4 months. Yup, 4 months out of the year is spent sleeping. Now let's expand on...

A Broader Awareness Can Lead to Uncertainty

A Broader Awareness Can Lead to Uncertainty

Consistency, in practice and in thought, guides the creation of our stories and narratives. Selecting from the potentially overwhelming data of the world, our stories support what we believe and ignore or actively dismiss that which doesn't. "New" information is not...

Life as A Learning Process

Life as A Learning Process

Ask yourself "What do I believe?" and the result will likely be a cascade of memories highlighting actions, thoughts and experiences fitting a particular set of Virtues, or Values-in-action. The whole of this cascade will provide the basis for a rather nice structure...

Healing from Trauma

Healing from Trauma

Question from Quora:  Can one heal from PTSD without using medications? I hear PTSD doesn’t just apply to war veterans. It could be affecting anyone and we wouldn’t know it ourselves unless someone brought it to our attention. Answer: Absolutely you can move forward...

On Being Shy

On Being Shy

Often when making dire universal assessments about our lack of something, it’s more about us not seeing what we already have or are doing, and because of that not growing from a place of presence.