Are You Feeling Empowered or Powerless?

When we allow our emotions to be controlled by someone else we hand over our power and that leaves us powerless.

When we get a spark of anger or hatred we have to be aware of how we feel and actively choose to not feed that feeling. (How we build new neural pathways.)

What we feed grows.

If we feed the anger and hatred it grows…inside of us…and emanates from us. Essentially we become what we dislike. When we choose to be the peace, love, and joy we want to see in the world, we become empowered, we retain our power, and we emanate peace, love and joy out into the world.

Hence the saying, “Be the peace you want to see in the world.”

What’s With All This Talk About Vibrations?

I love thinking of things in new ways.  It helps me in my work with my clients.

The link below leads to a thought-provoking clip from Christie Marie Sheldon about vibrations. She references a fascinating book by David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD about Applied Kinesiology and vibration calibration called Power vs. Force. Check it out!

How to Change Your Frequency to Change Your Reality​

What it Means When We’re Stuck or Stagnant

Many of my clients mention feeling that they experience Seasonal Affective Disorder every Winter.  Having grown up in Seattle I totally understand what they’re talking about. However, going through Winter is an important process seasonally and in our personal lives.

Watch the video and find out why…

2-Minute Meditation: Brain Balancing Breathing

If you are feeling overly emotional or you are over-thinking things, this is a great breathing technique that helps balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain and leaves you feeling calm and relaxed.

Chronic Stress is Contributing to Your Anxiety and Depression

What a great video! I love that it drives home the point that we will always have stress in our lives and how we RESPOND to it is what matters most. If you are continually angry, sad, frustrated, or irritable, and your relationships are suffering because of it, you may need help “resetting” yourself emotionally. That’s where I can help!

Book Review: The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

I am impressed with this book.  It has worked wonders for my 6 year old and 3 year old.  Bedtime is very different these days!!

Check it out for yourself!​

12 Things You Don’t Owe Anyone

A client shared this article with me.  She said it summed up a lot of what we have worked on in therapy.  Sometimes we need permission to do things differently from how we’ve always done them.

Same story, same results.  Different story, different results.

​What does your new story entail?

Read more here.

2-Minute Meditation: Mindfulness

​What is Mindfulness? Why is it important?

Can I really meditate for just 2 minutes?!​​

Feeling Joy First Leads To Success

“…the measure of success is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.”

Take a minute and think about a time when you felt pure joy. Oftentimes we think of moments that were life-defining. When we proposed to our sweetheart and heard “YES!” Or maybe our wedding day, or the day our first child was born, or when we got that new job, that raise or promotion.  Unfortunately for many of us our emotions fluctuate fairly rapidly and it’s rare that we can maintain that feeling of pure joy.  But what if it didn’t have to be this way? What if we could live joyful, or joy-filled, lives and experience this joy a majority of the time? Well, we can!

“Yeah, right!” I hear you saying.  Give me a minute to explain… What we’re talking about is viewing your life from a bit of a different perspective.  Instead of a perspective of LACK – “I’ll feel joy when I get that raise, meet the right person, lose 20 lbs, etc.” – and shift into a thinking of ABUNDANCE – “Everything is exactly as it needs to be. All I need to be is myself. Everything I need to know is already within me.” See the difference?

Here’s what I want you to try: Write down the above messages of Abundance on sticky notes and stick them on places you look often – on the microwave, on your dashboard, at the bathroom mirror, on your computer screen. Make an effort to look at the messages and remember that feeling of Joy.  Soon you’ll start to associate the two together – the feeling of Joy with the message “Everything is exactly as it needs to be.” Stick with it for 21-30 days and see what happens.  This is how long it takes to make a shift in belief, perspective or behavior change.  You are actually building new neural pathways in your brain.  The more attention you give the new perspective, and don’t give attention to the former perspective, the stronger the new perspective of Abundance becomes and the perspective of Lack begins to die off.  Remember, what we feed, grows. Give it a try!  What do you have to lose?!

When we focus on Joy FIRST, our lives will begin to shift so we experience success in multiple areas.  If there is an area that seems like a problem area now – your relationship, your job, your living situation – they will work themselves out as you are focusing on joy.  This might mean they will begin to bring you joy in new ways because you are seeing them differently OR see clearly now that there is no way they will bring you joy and you will make confident decisions to move beyond them.

Wouldn’t it be AWESOME to feel Joy AND Confidence?!  Oh yeah, it can happen.  You can do it.  Stay focused and give it 21-30 days.  Be gentle with yourself. You will mess up but chalk it up to a learning experience and keep moving forward. Growth comes with growing pangs. And if you find you need some help, I’m always here to be a guide (and cheerleader!). Keep at it! I believe in you!​

Your Brain on Gratitude

Here is a wonderful article by a colleague of mine from Austin, TX – Jiovann Carrasco, LPC-S.

Read on…

Your Brain on Gratitude