3 Steps to Help You Get Your Shit Together

3 Steps to Help You Get Your Shit Together

Do you ever feel like you’ve lost control? You can’t seem to get a handle on things? And things are just coming apart? Everything you’ve tried to do just seems to bring you into a deeper spiral. Your life is messy, you’re messy, and you wish you could get your shit together. On the outside, everything actually looks fine, but you seem to have fallen off the course. Last you checked you wanted to go in a particular direction, but as life would have it, here come a hundred curve balls. SIGH. This can be really frustrating.

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Why Revisiting Your Definitions Will Set You Free

Why Revisiting Your Definitions Will Set You Free

Ever since we came into being, our parents, relatives, and teachers have modeled ideas of success, love, fun, and belonging for us. Whether they suggested what career you had to take, or designed certain value sets in you, the fact is this - we’ve been influenced. As a therapist, I’ve listened to all kinds of stories on career, romance, friendships, family, and so forth. And while we have been taught to the best of their ability, here are a few reasons why it’s time for you to revisit your definitions on love, relationships, success, and living your life:

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3 Ways to Work on Your Own Light

3 Ways to Work on Your Own Light

In a book by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, he expounds on the teachings of kabbalah and how it is so important for us to work on our own auras if we would like to see our relationships improved. He says, “everyone has a unique aura, which vibrates at a particular frequency.” It is this frequency that determines what we attract into our lives. The aura, according to Levry, “is a psychic field of energy that surrounds the body” - sort of like a protective light. And in however bright or dim this light shines, it can affect us.

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The Sacrament of Waiting by Fr. James Donelan, S.J.

The Sacrament of Waiting by Fr. James Donelan, S.J.

The English poet John Milton wrote that those who serve only also stand and wait. I think I would go further and say that those who wait render the highest form of service. Waiting requires more discipline, more self-control and emotional maturity, more unshakable faith in our cause, more unwavering hope in the future, more sustaining love in our hearts that all the greatest deeds of deering-do go by the name of action.

Waiting is a mystery – a natural sacrament of life – there is a meaning hidden in all the times we have to wait. It must be an important mystery because there is so much waiting in our lives.

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On The Reading List: The Art of Healing

On The Reading List: The Art of Healing

As a health practitioner there are a few books that I really do appreciate from other experts. Perhaps this is because of my background in interdisciplinary studies that I discover how much richer a practice can become when fused with other techniques. The Art of Healing by Bernie Siegel, M.D. is one of those books. Written in '70s, Siegel pours age old wisdom into The Art of Healing by incorporating psychological techniques with his medical practice. How? Through projective tests or what we commonly know as drawings. 

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It's Not Just About Thinking Positively, Here's Why:

It's Not Just About Thinking Positively, Here's Why:

Popular culture has us believing that thinking positively will change our lives in a snap. So much so that when bad things arise, we feel like we're the idiots for even allowing it into our space. While it might be true that we are in control of certain things, it looks as if this kind of thinking has minimized the mere experience of difficulty, struggle, and pain. And sometimes it's not as easy as just "thinking positively", shifting, or rebooting our thoughts.  Here's why:

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On The Reading List: The Intuitive Within

On The Reading List: The Intuitive Within

Here’s a book that will help you work through where you are currently in life and how to reach your full potential. Robert Rubin, author of The Intuitive Within, says that he believes in the intuitive potential of everyone. Having been mentored at the young age of 7, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rob says that it was there that he learned about the intuitive fundamentals that continue to be a part of who he really is.

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3 Things We Can All Learn from Seafarers

In the last 13 months, I have been cast into the ocean of the maritime world, going on board vessels, attending conferences, having honest conversations with the crew, and learning the ropes of this massive operation.  While it has been exciting (and sometimes scary), I have found most value in the conversations I have shared with the crew. While I came to teach them, it appears that they have in turn enriched my journey with important lessons that we could all certainly learn from:

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How Traveling Solo Taught Me the Most About Self-Compassion

How Traveling Solo Taught Me the Most About Self-Compassion

Two years ago I joined a mindfulness program that has encouraged me to meditate every single morning, engage in morning exercise, and incorporate mantras into my day - all this with the intention to enhance my own sense of self-compassion. Wherein I have read books on the topic and even developed my own personal exercises for them,  I realized that nothing could enhance my own self-compassion more than going out into the world all by myself. I always believed that learning happened best through actual experience. While we can sit down and do self-compassion exercises, going on solo flight to a place completely unknown taught me a few things about what it meant to be compassionate. 

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On the Reading List: Books will that force you out of your comfort zone

On the Reading List: Books will that force you out of your comfort zone

If there's one thing I love the most, it is gaining new insight from the books that I read. It's been awhile since I've really been able to enjoy a good book, given all the work and events that I have gotten myself into, but very recently I came across two books that have urged me to step outside of my comfort zone to enhance my own personal growth. I admit I'm still half way through them, but let me tell you why you should already grab yourselves a copy:

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