Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Birthday to Inner Passages Owner, Pauliann!

Wishing a very happy and wonderful birthday to Inner Passages Therapy's owner, Pauliann!!!

To commemorate her birthday, here is an article on birthday's from Psychology today. The article is titled    
"The All-Important Annual Birthday Party." Check it out below:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/what-children-know/201301/the-all-important-annual-birthday-party

Monday, May 20, 2013

Staying Positive in Crazy Times an article by Peggie Arvidson

Staying Positive in Crazy Times
 
It's becoming universally harder to be spiritual in our world. At a time when we need a sense of connection and light, it might seem we're being tested beyond our capacity to love. My sense is that the crises are there to bring us face-to-face with our own humanity.

It's a call to look within and heal, rather than point fingers and blame.

In Spiritual circles, we like to think that we're "hip" to the fact that everything that occurs around us, everything that comes within our consciousness, is something that we invited into our life. That, in fact, the fear and anger and pain is a mirror of something that is lurking under the surface in our subconscious.

So, if there are so many of us working to enlighten and heal, why do tragic events still occur? I mean, if we're working so hard to be healed and loving, wouldn't the mirroring effect take place and create a world free from pain and suffering?

Well, yes and no.

While I can't speak for my colleagues, I know that I'm still a work in progress, and that fear lurks, not always below the surface, and I'm prone to anger and frustration on any given day. I'd like to think that my irritation with the guy in front of me on I-66 or my anger at my neighbor who allows her dog to poop on my front yard isn't that "big" in the grand scheme of world events. But I know differently. I know that even the mildest disconnect with my true self - my soul, if you will - puts me out of alignment with the Divine. When I'm out of alignment, I'm inviting more irritation and anger into my world.

This is true for you as well.

When each of us buys into the myth that we are not beings of light and love, we invite more darkness into our realm. The darkness shows up in so many ways - from the aforementioned frustrations to bigger and more global challenges.

Once you start believing that you are the sole cause of your discomfort, and that you are responsible for creating peace in your life, it becomes a daily practice to move into the space of "lightness." You see, you and I always have a choice.

We have a choice to watch the news and buy into mass hysteria, we have a choice to "get in the last word" in any altercation, and we have a choice to argue and rage and pontificate to try to change someone else's position on any topic. The choice is always ours.

We're not terrible people when we let the frustrations of our days into our minds and hearts. We're not less worthy of love because of our human tendencies to see the bad and the ugly. However, we are given the opportunity in every single moment to lean into something different. We have the chance to change our minds and to look for the good, the glimmer of hope, and the love that is actually always there. Light cannot exist without darkness, and fear cannot exist where there is love.

Love is the complete and utter absence of fear.

The next time you're feeling fear, ask yourself if fear is the most beneficial emotion for you. Ask yourself if you can find a glimmer, a corner, a sparkle of love, and if you can, lean into it. Let it expand and crowd out the fear. If you can do this, second by second, you can be part of the solution to heartbreak and tragedy.
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.
- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Emotional Healing Workshop May 17-19

Hi Everyone!

This upcoming weekend, May 17-19th, I will be co-facilitating an Emotional Healing Workshop. "The Emotional Healing Workshop offers clients the opportunity to delve deeply into emotions to release and heal long held emotional imprints. Clients feel tremendous relief from releasing the well of pain which has been inhabiting their bodies and minds. A private session with a Center therapist is required before attending this workshop (ac4r.com, 2013)." To find out more about this event, click here: http://ac4r.com/?page_id=127

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

10 Practical Ways to Handle Stress: An article from Psych Central

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share this great article with you all about ways to handle stress. We all experience some form of stress in our daily lives, and there are many ways to address it. Enjoy!

"Stress is inevitable. It walks in and out of our lives on a regular basis. And it can easily walk all over us unless we take action. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to minimize and cope with stress. Here are 10 ideas for handling stress without causing more strain and hassle."

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/07/11/10-practical-ways-to-handle-stress/