Humility & Flexibility

Humility is defined as a modest view of one’s own importance. In practice it involves the acceptance that we are not always right and don’t always know, without either concern impacting our sense of self-worth.  Flexibility is defined as the quality of bending easily without breaking. In practice it is the ability to accept new pointsContinue reading “Humility & Flexibility”

Gaslighting

Gaslighting involves intentionally changing or otherwise distorting reality to manipulate how others think or feel to get what we want. Individuals who engage in gaslighting attempt to make others doubt the truth of their own experiences. They often do everything they can to get their needs met.  Gaslighting is a common narcissistic behavior, often seenContinue reading “Gaslighting”

Skillful Ways of Being

We all face challenges and must find ways of dealing with difficult emotional states such as envy, dislike, anxiety, fear, and general distress. Coping effectively allows for us to move through distress with greater ease. Below are several useful contemplations and practices that can be helpful in expanding our capacity to cope with greater ease.  Continue reading “Skillful Ways of Being”

Gardening and Mental Health

“Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates Gardening is one of the most popular ways in which people interact with nature with an estimated 1 in 3 U.S. adults engaging in gardening on a regular basis. Is gardening or spending time in nature a part of your life?   Research suggests that gardening and otherContinue reading “Gardening and Mental Health”

Food for the Heart

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” -St. Francis of Assisi A retreat is typically defined as withdrawing away from enemy forces that are overpowering or more generally as an act of moving away from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable. From a spiritual perspective, a retreat is further defined as a time awayContinue reading “Food for the Heart”

“How Does This Work?” Post-Pandemic Social Readjustment

As the total number of Americans with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine closes in on 50% and the CDC loosens restrictions, we are faced with unique challenges around social reengagement. In many ways, vaccinations and reopening is a cause for excitement and new hope for life returning to normal. However, you areContinue reading ““How Does This Work?” Post-Pandemic Social Readjustment”