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Stepping into the New Year, following my broken heart

This post is named for Alice Walker’s beautiful book, The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart.  This phrase has been ringing through my mind during the past few couple of weeks as a mantra to steady me…

“The way forward is with a broken heart, Mary.  The way forward is with a broken heart.”  

This is partly in response to the terrible shooting of ten children and seven adults in Connecticut on December 14th, but the words had already started cycling through my thoughts earlier that week, after I heard that a client I work with, let’s call her Pam, had a particularly awful experience that left me feeling shaken and wondering how I can possibly help in a world where there can be such pain.

In the following days, I saw Read more

Weaving a Tapestry of Wellness – Indra’s Net

At the core of my practice is mindfulness, and one of the great strengths of mindfulness practices is that they help us to stop and recover.  From a quiet place, we can evaluate what is the most skillful means of addressing what is present in the  moment.

One of the important aspects of my work as a therapist is my knowledge that I am a part of the solution, but only a part.  It’s very important for me to remember that I am in partnership with my clients in working toward their well-being, and also in partnership with other people who form their web of resources.  There is a Buddhist metaphor that I like very much.  It’s called Indra’s Net — the web of connections between all beings, everywhere.  A very beautiful aspect of Indra’s Net is the image that at every place the net intersects, there is jewel and each jewel reflects every other jewel, infinitely.    Allan Ginsberg wrote this about Indra’s Net, Read more

We are happiest when we are contributing!

 

(Written a week or so after Hurricane Sandy hit our area.)

A friend, Nina, sent the link to this video, which she said was a “tirami sú.”

http://www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0

The video my friend sent contains gorgeous images of the natural world and the music and text of “What a Wonderful World.”  I never knew that tirami sù means “pick me up” until her email prompted me to look it up, so thank you Nina for the video and the new word!  My sense of gratitude is so strong this morning that I feel a strong desire to write about it, and thought I would add it to my blog, in case my words are useful to anyone today.

It was very moving, and I am particularly aware of Read more

Suruluna Animal Sanctuary

In my work to increase compassion in the world, I definitely want to extend it to many beings.  So…

This is Suruluna, a brand new Animal Rescue project that I am proud to be part of… please check out the post and offer what support you can!

Here’s the intro page on Suruluna’s blog:  http://suruluna.wordpress.com/

And you can donate here:  http://suruluna.chipin.com/suruluna-animal-sanctuary

EFT

I wanted to write this blogpost to share some information I think is really valuable.

Therapists need to have a number of different tools in our toolbox, because different people, different issues, and even different days require different approaches.  One of the tools I use in my practice is EFT, which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques.  There are other names for it, and sometimes it is simply referred to as tapping.  This page will serve as a brief intro to EFT so that you can try it yourself.  Read more

When Breathing and Walking feel like too much…

Some days, you can wake up and everything feels like too much to bear.  Today was one of those days for me.  I hardly slept last night — my mind was on overdrive. Read more

Eight Weeks to a Better Brain

The current issue of the Harvard Gazette has a fascinating article entitled Eight Weeks to a Better Brain that shines new light on the real and measurable positive effects of mindfulness practice.  It was incredibly gratifying to read this, and of course I immediately forwarded the article Read more

Day by Day… Taking Steps to Happiness… Together

Step by Step, on the path of healing…

I’ve been thinking about how I can use my resources to be of more service to people and their healing, and I’ve come up with a few ideas.  I would like to invite you to two new resources I am offering to the healing and mindfulness communities… Read more

Learn How To Reduce Your Anxiety Level

Anxiety Reduction Workshop: Chill (without a) Pill

Anxiety is at the center of so many of our lives these days.  The combination of a fast paced, competitive society, our own internal struggles and fears, and the challenges presented by the economy, our families, our jobs, and day to day life leave us feeling overwhelmed and on edge. Read more

Join Our 8-Week MBCT Group

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an eight-week program designed specifically to teach people how to avoid depression relapse and to develop new and effective ways of addressing anxiety.

If you have experienced ongoing depression or sadness, low mood or anxiety that comes back over and over, or even repeated episodes of major depression, this short-term program may be able to help you. Read more