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How interesting that impermanence is what’s facing me as we move into the new year. There is a somber and an exhilarating message to this concept that I’d like to share. It seems fitting as we consider 2020, a new and likely auspicious decade. The somber part of impermanence has to do with death and …

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This holiday can be a glorious time for family unity or it can be tough if your family is not close or unified. For years now, I’ve been hosting a holiday party for friends and a holiday dinner for friends without family nearby. It makes for a lively way to share the spirit of the …

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Do you have a mindfulness and compassion practice? It’s interesting to note that these two things have become linked in exercises and are being used to increase our ability to cope. Now is a great time to bring these skills into play. Mindfulness and compassion are practices that can be easily learned. While mindfulness is …

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During a trip to Chicago, I was particularly aware of the people who make a difference. I went to hear Dr. Ron Siegel speak on Mindfulness and Compassion, and while he is one making a difference, it was also the everyday people I encountered in travel that impressed me. It’s not just those in the …

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Holidays can be joyous or tough, depending on the memories and rites of passage you have tied up in them. What’s your willingness to address this?  The older we are the fuller they become with rich fodder that defines our life. What can we do with all this? This holiday was poignant for me. My …

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Do you have friends who are like family? Framily is what we call them. They have played an important role in seeing me though many junctures of my life. Having just taken a little out-of-town trip with a group of friends and while there, rendezvoused with a childhood girlfriend I haven’t seen in 22 years, …

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I am always surprised to learn about the old baggage people carry. The thoughts are never good. They may look great on the outside, but inside they think things like: “I’m not good enough, I’m stupid, I have to be perfect, I can’t trust anyone, I have to please everyone”. In a three-day clinical training …

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Does managing your anxiety take work?  Consider the good news from neuroscience that says we can make it better. Anxiety certainly seems to be pervasive, judging on how often I see it in those I serve. One of the differences between us and other animals is we haven’t perfected ways of releasing it like they …

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TRUST…

It’s been a time of interesting lessons on trust. As my husband, Lee, transitions out of his long-term career into something amorphous in the music business, I have been uneasy. With both of us so busy with our non-profit, I haven’t been developing my own work. “Where is all this going”, has been my anxious …

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It’s been a week of celebrations and rituals of all types. We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday and engagement, our son’s swearing in as a lawyer, my husband’s work change, a wedding and Halloween. With more in the planning stages, I realized it’s a constant in our lives and I suspect in yours too. What we …

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