Monday, October 30, 2017

12 Steps To Stay Positive In A Negative World

Hello all-

We know that this world can be tough so today, we're sharing an article from Mind Body Green that although a few years old, is still relevant today. It talks about the author's opinions and techniques on how to try and remain positive in such a negative world. Take a look and see if you can relate to any of the following:


1. Control the amount of negative news in my life.
2. Control the number of negative people in your life.
3. Listen to music.
4. Meditate.
5. Live consciously.
6. Practice gratitude.
7. Pray.
8. Read positive books and interviews.
9. Give hugs.
10. Disconnect.
11. Laugh.
12. Connect with animals.

 "Dalai Lama was quoted as saying, “When we meet real tragedy in life we can react in two ways, either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.”

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Energy of Shifting Emotions Workshop

I am hosting a workshop coming up that I am really excited to tell you about! Read below for more information or visit: https://tiih.org/events-classes/everyone/yoga-medicine/energy-shifting-emotions/ to register.
The Energy of Shifting Emotions Workshop: Thursday, November 2nd from 10 am - 4 pm.

This unique class is designed for social workers, nurses, and mind-body practitioners whose clients desire to enhance their emotional health. Participants will benefit from a retreat-like day of exploring the connection between the mind, body, and energy system in addition to practicing experiential exercises, such as laughter yoga, designed to guide participants gently and safely through a variety of feeling states.

Practitioners will experience and learn a mind-body approach to facilitate emotional shifts and healing in themselves and their clients. Lead by Pauliann Long, this class provides participants the necessary tools for gaining insight into energetic and emotional patterns for both personal and clinical use.


Monday, October 16, 2017

The Importance of Thinking Better Of Ourselves

Today we are sharing an excerpt from an article entitled 'One Hard Thing You Must Start Doing (To Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy)' written by Marc Chernoff. This article is raw and brings to the forefront what a lot of us can find ourselves struggling with daily... insecurities.

"Truth be told, all of us, to a greater or lesser extent, suffer in precisely the way my friend does.  There isn’t a person among us who doesn’t have insecurities—some of us are just better at coping with them, or perhaps hiding them.

We worry about what other people think of us.  We worry about our appearance.  We worry if she’ll like us.  We worry if he likes that other woman.  We worry that we’re not accomplishing all that we should be.  We worry that we’ll fall flat on our faces.  We worry that we’re not enough just the way we are.  And of course, we worry about all those foolish, thoughtless things someone once said about us.

And social media—with its culture of getting us to seek constant approval with virtual likes and hearts—with its endless highlight reel of perfect bodies and epic travels—it only intensifies the problem."

The article goes on to talk about our feelings of inadequacy and some tools to help us start practicing thinking better of ourselves. Like Marc says "it’s perhaps the hardest thing we all need to do for ourselves. We need to NOT be our own worst enemies when it comes to self-image. But that takes practice.  Lots of it…"  To continue reading the article CLICK HERE for the full, original version.

To get help from a qualified, caring professional to learn how to start the practice of being your best friend, not your worst enemy, visit us at: www.innerpassagestherapy.com. 


Monday, October 9, 2017

What Is Mindfulness… And Why Is It Important to Therapists?

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an excerpt from an article entitled 'What is Mindfulness...And Why Is It Important to Therapists?' from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. We can't stress enough how important mindfulness is in the journey to not only healing, but happy living. Take a look at the excerpt below and follow the link to read more.

"Psychotherapists are in the business of alleviating emotional suffering. Suffering arrives in innumerable guises: stress, anxiety, depression, behavior problems, interpersonal conflict, confusion, despair. It is the common denominator of all clinical diagnoses and is endemic to the human condition.'

'Some of our suffering is existential, such as sickness, old age and dying. Some suffering has a more personal flavor. The cause of our individual difficulties may include past conditioning, present circumstances, genetic predisposition, or any number of interacting factors. Mindfulness, a deceptively simple way of relating to experience, has long been used to lessen the sting of life’s difficulties, especially those that are seemingly self-imposed. In this volume we will illustrate the potential of mindfulness for enhancing psychotherapy."

"Successful therapy changes the patient’s relationship to his or her particular form of suffering. Obviously, if we are less upset by events in our lives, our suffering will decrease. But how can we become less disturbed by unpleasant experiences? Life includes pain. Don’t the body and mind instinctively react to painful experiences? Mindfulness is a skill that allows us to be less reactive to what is happening in the moment. It is a way of relating to all experi­ence—positive, negative and neutral—such that our overall suffering is reduced and our sense of well-being increases.'

"To be mindful is to wake up, to recognize what is happening in the present moment. We are rarely mindful. We are usually caught up in distracting thoughts or in opinions about what is happening in the moment. This is mindlessness.

'Examples of mindlessness are:

-Rushing through activities without being attentive to them.
-Breaking or spilling things because of carelessness, inattention, or thinking of something else.
-Failing to notice subtle feelings of physi­cal tension or discomfort.
-Forgetting a person’s name almost as soon as we’ve heard it.
-Finding ourselves preoccupied with the future or the past.
-Snacking without being aware of eating.
(Adapted from the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale Brown & Ryan, 2003)

Mindfulness, in contrast, focuses our attention on the task at hand. When we are mindful, our attention is not entangled in the past or future, and we are not judging or rejecting what is occurring at the mo­ment. We are present. This kind of attention generates energy, clear-headedness and joy. Fortunately, it is a skill that can be cultivated by anyone."

To view more of this article visit the link here.  To set up a free, 30-minute phone consultation and start your journey to mindfulness contact us today at: www.innerpassagestherapy.com 

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Essence of Doing and How It Consumes You

Good afternoon everyone,

"Most people spend most minutes of most days doing one thing after another.' 'For all the "labor-saving" devices of the past 50 years - dishwashers, phone machines, word processors, etc. - most of us are laboring more, not less. For example, in terms of employment, the average work week in America has gotten longer over the past 50 years. Meet someone and ask how he or she is, the answer is likely: "busy." Doing is a huge part of life, yet we don't usually bring much awareness or wisdom to it."

We understand that 'doing' is a part of life, it's the way we're programmed, it's the way society expects us to be. However there are ways you can change how you relate to the 'doing' in your life and how you can bring meaning to it.  "So the crux is not so much the doing itself but our relationship to it. How can we do what we do without getting pressed and stressed, contracted and driven, about it?" (CLICK HERE to view the entire article from Psychology today.)

If you are looking for ways to change the way you go about your daily life or are looking for help in managing your stress, visit us today! Learn about the integrative services we offer to help you find your true life's meaning and not feel like you are stuck "doing." Learn more at: www.innerpassagestherapy.com