Psychotherapy

Thich Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness exercise

By |May 18th, 2015|

‘Imagine you are a pebble thrown into a body of water..

Effortlessly, you as the stone sink through the turbulent surface waters….

Unattached to anything, you fall until you find a perfect rest at the stillness of the bottom

Having let go of everything worrisome, you are now not pulled or pushed by anything, and you are […]

Relating to difficult feelings in your life

By |March 26th, 2015|

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
Maria Rilke
How are you meeting your vulnerability and the challenges and fears in your life?

The more […]

Listening to the body

By |February 23rd, 2015|

Your body is communicating are you able to pay attention?

 

Felt Sense Prayer

I am the pain in your head, the knot in your stomach, the unspoken grief in your smile.
I am your high blood sugar, your elevated blood pressure, your fear of challenge, your lack of trust.
I am your hot flashes, your cold hands and […]

There is nothing wrong with you

By |January 21st, 2015|

“A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent on arrival.
Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”

— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Mostly we do not want to feel uncomfortable. We don’t feel we are ok when we are […]

Brene Brown – more on vulnerability

By |January 12th, 2015|

Brene Brown, an American scholar, author, public speaker, and a research professor, explains in her talk  The Power of  Vulnerability that you can’t selectively numb emotions. You can’t say here is the bad stuff: shame, guilt, grief, vulnerability, fear, disappointment. I don’t want to feel these. I’m going to have a couple of beers and […]

Parenting

By |January 7th, 2015|

Below is an extract from a very interesting article on parenting by Janet Lansbury, an author of ‘Elevating Child Care,  a guide to respectful parenting.’

1. Stop “doing”and start discovering your child

There’s a pervasive attitude in our culture that children can’t do anything unless we show or do it for them. We’re encouraged to interact […]

The Princess and the Dragon – a story about vulnerability

By |December 9th, 2014|

Because of the misfortunes of her parents, a young princess must be married to a fearful dragon. When the king and queen tell her she becomes frightened for her life. She goes out  to seek a wise woman, who has raised twelve children and twenty-nine grandchildren and knows the ways of dragons and Men.

The […]

Simply resting in your own skin

By |December 4th, 2014|

Psychotherapy is not about getting rid of anything, it is about changing the frame of reference so that all of you can be included. So that you can simply rest in your own skin without picking at it.

RAIN- a mindfulness practice

By |November 12th, 2014|

RAIN is a mindfulness practice that can be used with any content of mind, but is typically applied to unpleasant, uncomfortable, or upsetting material (the focus here).  RAIN is an acronym that incorporates the core teachings of mindfulness, and instructs us to Recognize, Accept, Investigate, and Not-identify with difficult thoughts, feelings, desires, etc. (for […]

Heaven and Hell- a story about compassion

By |November 9th, 2014|

A story about compassion:

A samurai comes to see a Zen master and says: ‘Tell me the nature of heaven and hell.’

The Zen master looks him in the face and says, ‘Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you? A warm like you, do you think I should tell you anything?

Consumed by […]