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Archives for February, 2012

Anxiety and Worry

Feeling Grounded

Many of us feel overwhelmed and scattered by the daily stressors others put on us, and we put on ourselves: Must prepare for work. Need to pick up kids. Fix broken light in basement. Neglected to work out yet

Feelings of guilt are inevitable when we are constantly overstretched.

Sometimes we can de-clutter our life and get rid of some of the jobs that stress us out. Other times it's impossible. And...
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Anxiety and Worry

The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has changed my life. I'm not exaggerating. It is as dramatic as that.
I used to walk the world in a state of mental haze. I had trouble reading people's non-verbal cues, was unaware of my surroundings and had little capacity for empathy.

All that has changed for me. And my life continues to change. My life, well as the lives of countless...
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Anxiety and Worry

Embrace Your Dark Side

Most of us like to cultivate our strengths and push our weaknesses aside.

Who wants to deal with their hunger to control the behavior of others, which is often what's underneath all the worries and anxieties we carry around?

Who wants to fess up to the quiet seductiveness and conflict avoidance that is usually sported by pleasers of all genders? Who is willingly exploring their...
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Anxiety and Worry

When Family Comes Last

Sometimes, it's so much easier being nice to people who are not part of the family.

We tend to take our loved ones for granted. Oh yeah, mom will always check in with me. My wife won't go away any time soon. Children are for life, even when we fight with them.

It’s comforting to know that we have a secure family network. And then there are the times when they...
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Anxiety and Worry

How To Be Alone

Many of us have trouble being by ourselves. We are overcome by fear. What if something happens and no one is there to help? What if someone breaks into my house, robs me, hurts me? What if no one pays attention to me, and I am left alone with my thoughts and doubts?

Anxiety of being lonely is often deeply rooted in the experience of having been abandoned, either factually or emotionally....
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Anxiety and Worry

Forgiveness Versus Letting Go

Forgiveness is a wonderful thing. But so hard to come by.
Sometimes it's too hard to forgive. When an abusive parent won't admit to their mistakes and keeps blaming their children for what went wrong in their relationship; when a spouse is cheating and denies any responsibility; when a friend gets into trouble over and over and won't hear the concern we have...
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