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Lonely? Be Yourself

by Donna Torney on March 19, 2016 · 0 comments

Having the courage to be your true self can be terrifying, yet we often block opportunities for true intimacy because of this fear. Never letting your guard down might give you the illusion of safety, but the armor we wear can also lead to isolation, a sense of loneliness, and a sense of being disconnected […]

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Using Mindfulness to Manage Anger

by Donna Torney on March 15, 2016 · 0 comments

One of the best reasons for having a regular mindfulness practice is that you will be able to access calm when you need it – like when you’re on a long car ride with your kids and they’re in the back seat swatting each other and you’re about to blow your top.  Or when a […]

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Mindfulness in a Crisis

by Donna Torney on March 5, 2016 · 0 comments

We all face them.  Small bothersome ones and big earth-shattering ones.  Those sudden, unexpected events that change the natural order of our world.  Mindfulness can help during these times, helping us make better decisions, and trust in the unfolding of life.  Check out our new worksheet about using mindfulness to manage a crisis.   Are […]

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Mediocrity 101

by Donna Torney on January 24, 2016 · 0 comments

A friend of mine jokes that we could all use a course in mediocrity – mediocrity 101, if you will, where we allow ourselves, even enjoy, the process of dabbling in something, doing it half-way. Mediocre –  What thoughts come up for you when you hear the word?  For most of us the thoughts are not […]

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The Ghost of Christmas Past.   If you are already dreading this upcoming holiday season, maybe it is because you are mistaking it for last year – and last year wasn’t that much fun for you.  I sometimes wonder what would happen if holiday advertisements promoted getting ready for the season with your mind, body, and […]

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With technology constantly improving, we can find ourselves spending hours staring at a screen, whether it’s the TV, computer, iPod, or phone. We’ve become accustomed to sending our friends a facebook message and texting them all day long. We can of course try to cut down our time spent in front of the screen, but […]

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Mindfulness can be a tough sell to teenagers – I once asked a teen-age client if she would be interested in borrowing a CD with a guided body-scan and other various mindfulness meditation instructions.  She told me if I gave her the CD she would smash it into a million pieces – Clearly she was […]

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Our deeper nature usually prevails, and what a relief when it does. Remember the big hair of the 1980s?  It was a time when young men and women alike where subjecting themselves to a head full of chemicals followed by gobs of sticky, slimy, hair gel.   Madonna or Michael, Whitney, or Cameron, we wanted that […]

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Direct experience practice has a cumulative effect that can help us have a better handle on our emotions, and even build stronger bonds with loved ones and our community. Many moments of direct experience add up to a life well lived. READ THIS PARAGRAPH, THEN LOOK AWAY FROM YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN:  Take a moment to look […]

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Building a Sense of Place

by Donna Torney on October 7, 2015 · 0 comments

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