I mean, really, hear something nice about your person or personality, and absorb it into your being, let it sink down deep into you and have it affect the way you think about yourself and your place in the world?
I didn't think so. Honestly, neither can I. There always seems to be some barrier, some instinctual prejudice against myself, so that I can't easily accept positive observations about me or my character, and have that be meaningful. I doubt I'm unique in this way. In fact, I'd wager that most of us have a pretty well-developed filter against affirming feedback.
If you're anything like me, there's always a nagging voice somewhere that says "this person is just being polite," or "they don't really mean it," or "they obviously don't know any better," or even "if they only knew... I know how it really is." It might even be "they have to say that." Or if the genuine niceness somehow gets through, then "why didn't...
We all know movies aren't good resources for information. But still....
Every few years a film comes out that uses hypnosis as a backdrop for suspense, chills or even horror. What is more disturbing, after all, than the prospect of losing control over our own minds, being forced to do things against our wills, becoming terrified shells of the individuals we once were?
Except that it is, predictably, complete hooey.
And it stands to reason: Hollywood needs a boogeyman, a malevolent force, a mechanism by which a silent and sinister plot is perpetrated. It is just unfortunate that they use the word "hypnosis," because what they are talking about doesn't resemble hypnosis at all.
Genuine hypnosis would make for the most boring thriller movie ever. No one can hypnotize you to do something against your will or even without your approval. Seriously.
Even stage hypnotists aren't making people to sing like Elvis or cluck like a ch...
Depression seems at record highs in recent years – and there is evidence to support that. Some point to social isolation with increasing divorce rates and social media. Some point to the increased anxiety in our culture and lifestyle over the past ten-to-fifteen years. But there is also evidence that depression has always been a part of human existence, in every culture around the world.
Now, let me make a distinction between severe, clinical depression and what I call “healthy depression.” There is a healthy amount of mental and emotional reset that takes place when dealing with difficult problems or situations. It could be called melancholy, the blues, feeling down, or “a damp, drizzly November in my soul” (as Herman Melville phrased it). This sort of depression is, I believe, a natural and healthy response to circumstances, and gives us valuable information and motivation, when properly understood.
The scope of issues that transgender individuals (and their loved ones) encounter is both broad and intense.
Because of the nature of transgender identity itself there are a myriad additional considerations and stressors at play within trans people. Layer on top of that the social and political questions, issues, stressors and difficulties, not to mention the usual variety of questions, soul-searching and exploration associated with growing up, and it is clear: being transgender requires an extraordinary wealth of strength of character, perseverance, and unusual insight. And the sad reality is that too many don’t make it.
I grew up non-conforming but cisgender. I always understood my “difference” as a rejection of a social norm, but never gender identification. I don’t assume to know the transgender experience. I say this up front only to be honest about where I come from: I am not transgender myself, though I have deep sympathies for anyone strugg...
Have you ever overreacted? I mean, like out-of-the-blue lost it without even realizing why you were so upset? Sure, whatever happened sucked, but the level of anger, anxiety, fear, sadness or frustration you felt wasn't really appropriate to how sort-of-bad that one situation or "thing" was, right? Sure, we've all been there.
Some of us live there.
This happens all the time because when we are responding to something in our lives in the present or even in the future, we are reacting to every other time we've ever felt that way in our entire lives - we just aren't consciously aware of it.
This concept is "resonance." A lot of us know the word in music - if a guitar and a piano are in a room together (and both tuned to the other), if I strike a "G" on the piano, the G-string on the guitar will start to play, responding just to the vibrations in the air. Sympathetic resonance. Most of us know the idea in met...
For one month, I am extending the "friends & family" discount to all first-time hypnotherapy clients. From the middle of October to the middle of November, every new client can book the first three sessions for $125. That is HALF OFF!
I just spent the last weekend in silence. Or, at least a few moments of it. Actually, I was at a wedding, but my sister's family had booked us all at a beautifully rustic log cabin next to a small lake. Early in the morning and late at night (when the kids were asleep, mostly), it was awesomely quiet.
Then I come home to this article trending among my friends. Science backing up what I knew in my gut already. The best kind. (In addition to the kind of science that blows your mind and reorients you to the universe.)
Turns out, we introverts aren't antisocial - we're on to something. Periods of silence actually encourage growth in an important areas of the brain. Silence causes new neurons to grow in the brain, and also for them to integrate meaningfully into existing functions. Silence allows the brain to process information and to calm itself, while also rebuilding cognitive resources ("thinking juice") for following activity.
Rawpsiration is great. It is a cookbook, mini-auto-biography, lifestyle digital-party. It is down-to-earth, fun, easy and deeply healthy.
Written by a 25 year old starting out on her journey with a radically healthy lifestyle, it is written like she is your best friend, chatting, sharing what she’s discovered, her enthusiasm and passion resounding on every page. Rawspiration ($15 e-book) is the fruit of years of research, experimentation and play with a raw plant based diet, including recipes, make-up, kitchen utensils, brands and more. It is a crash course in going vegetarian, or vegan, or raw, or healthy, or sustainable, or all of them at once.
I first met the author, Anne Meinke, a couple years ago, then with a brand-new baby and a fire in her for personal transformation. Right away I was excited about what she was learning, what she was trying, and how she was putting it all together. She had already begun a vibrant online c...
If your weather is anything like Seattle's right now, youneed toget outside. It is glorious. And it's healthy.
Any physical activity is beneficial for our minds and bodies, especially when so many of us spend so much of our day sitting in front of screens (for work or for fun). But being outdoors is particularly rewarding.
Of course there's the views, the vitamin D from sunlight, the fresh air, the chance social interactions, local wildlife and flora. Those delights are obvious, even if quickly forgotten.
But did you also know that serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate one’s mood, rises when you are outdoors? Runners who run outdoors are less anxious or depressed than those who run indoors on a treadmill. They also have improved levels of post-exercise endorphins, those feel-good brain chemicals associated with "runner’s high."
Exposure to nature helps in the reduction of pain...