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What’s In A Name? Understanding Your Identity

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man Identity is a tricky thing. Some people spend their whole lives looking for it. Others seek out every opportunity to avoid it, not wanting to be locked into a particular set of standards or rules. Regardless, the search to understand your[…]

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You’ve Been Meditating Wrong

What do you think of when you think of meditation? Images likely come to mind of Yoga poses or sitting with your legs crossed listening to the sound of running water. Whatever your motivation traditional and stereotypical forms of meditation are perfectly fine. There is nothing wrong with them. That being said, if your goal[…]

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Accept Your Suffering

It’s just like any standard Saturday afternoon. Well, at least a standard Saturday afternoon for you. You’ve gotten dressed for the day and are about to head out. You start crying. Why? Because even though you hadn’t been focusing on it for a few minutes, your momentary relief is quickly severed as you resume thinking[…]

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Manage Your Emotions, Change Your Life

When you think of people who need to learn how to better control their emotions, some stereotypes may come to mind. Flashes quickly pass of people who have a drug addiction, are suicidal, or need anger management. It may be easier to see how people who go from 0 to 100% at the smallest provocation[…]

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Let Go of Self Judgment

When we are overwhelmed, stressed, sad, or generally just not feeling great, it is normal to also feel angry, regretful, or resentful about having the latter feelings. You may ask yourself “Why can’t I just get over this?” or “What is wrong with me that I get so upset in these situations?” Judgmental thoughts towards[…]

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Wave My Magic Wand, Change Your Life

Have you ever been unhappy in your life, but not be sure what is wrong or what you can do about it? You may know about certain aspects of your life that make you unhappy. You may describe it as “having a negative attitude” or “bad things always happening to me”. You may even know that you[…]

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How Do I Know If I Have Depression?

A recent patient of mine suffering from depression shared with me her embarrassment and confusion. Surely, she thought, she couldn’t be depressed. She received excellent work performance reviews, had three beautiful children, and was married to a husband she loved. She felt that with everything she had going for her, she had no reason or[…]