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Rehab for Workaholics

A few days ago, I visited a drug and alcohol inpatient rehab facility where I am working as a consultant. I spent the day going through some of the meetings and groups that the patients experience and interviewing the staff who provide exemplary and compassionate care for them. I had arisen pre-sunrise, driven 90 minutes to get there, down the Pennsylvania Turnpike during rush hour. I switched the radio back and forth between lively music...


A Checkup From the Neck Up

As I am writing this article, my neck is wrapped in a warm compress, leaning against a hot pink airplane pillow.  For the past few weeks, I have utilized all manner of medical and holistic interventions to heal a neck and shoulder injury that ranged from massage and chiropractic to Icy Hot and Tylenol. It is, I sense, a combination of stress, carrying the weight of the world on my...

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Your Relationship With Mother Earth: Are You A Lorax or A Once-ler?

“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” – Chief Seattle

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” –  John Muir

I am a tree-hugging have been, always will be. 

I grew up surrounded by nature.  Even though...


Facebook at Face Value: Share Your Feedback

A worldwide phenom that began on February 4th, 2004 is an ever-present part of so many lives, mine included. Created by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo, Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes, who were buddies at Harvard, it has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar enterprise with users that number in the billions as well.

I was reluctant to get involved...

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Mending the Rend

As I am writing this article, we are on the eve of the inauguration of a man whose election has caused the greatest rift and highest levels of angst in the history of the nation. Daily, revelations about his actions, appointments, tweets, suppositions about what might ensue and who said what to whom, emerge. They create conversations; some reasonable, others contentious. In the case of those with mental health diagnoses, the reality is understandably...

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What Do You Take A Stand For?

Yesterday marked the 34th anniversary of the day the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday was signed into law. Celebrated as a 'day on and not a day off', it is heralded as a time of offering service to the community. For many, that ranged from volunteering in soup kitchens and shelters to working with the elderly and veterans, to championing human and animal rights, to environmental action and spiritual upliftment.

As someone who was raised in...

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What’s Your Family Motto?

In a recent session with a psychotherapy client, we were discussing communication patterns in his family. He is one of three sons raised by parents who are not particularly forthcoming in terms of emotional excavation.  His father is able to express anger easily but does not put himself in a vulnerable position to speak of the underlying causes. There was a blow up a week earlier that my client attempted to quell by talking to his...

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No Longer Bending Over Backward To Please People

The term co-dependence has been in the recovery vernacular for a long time. It originated in reference to the enabling family and friends of those with addictions. You know, the folks who will consistently pick their partner up at the bar when they are too impaired to drive. On the one hand, that is a positive, protective gesture for everyone on the road and on the other, an action that may perpetuate the pattern. Another...

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Having the Ear of the Incoming President

I had this thought a few days ago and my friend Susie Beiler reminded me when she spoke of a dream she had in which she met and had a brief conversation with the president-elect. If I had the opportunity to meet with him alone for 45 minutes (this number came to me since it was the amount of time I had the joy of being with the Dalai Lama to interview him in...

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Loving All of Who You Are

As I am writing this blog, I am nursing strained sore ribs from massive coughing attacks, brought on by a bronchial infection over the past week or so. Imagine doing 100 sit-ups and attempting to breathe fully. Leaning over the dining room table with a hot pack on my back, I am breathing in aromatherapy oil emanating from a diffuser in the kitchen. Cough drops are nearby. Tea and water have been my mainstay to...