Free To Be Me: Awareness, Acceptance and Action

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. —Buddhist saying I am a psychotherapist. I have the sacred privilege of witnessing the process of growth and transformation in my clients. It is holy work as I watch my clients move beyond limiting beliefs and learn to live more masterfully. My hope for them is that they become […]

A Special Soup Story (Recipe included)

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My husband and I have long been fans of Middle Eastern restaurants. We love the wonderful, innovative dishes, the flavorful seasonings and the hospitality and friendliness of the Middle Eastern people. We feel lucky to live in a diverse area like Metro Detroit and marvel that despite our political differences we live together in peace […]

Ten Ways to Bring Your Inner Child Out to Play

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While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~Angela Schwindt I am often accused of being childish.  I prefer to interpret that as child-like.  I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.  I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish.  I still listen to […]

The Power Of Words

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Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. -Buddha Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. —childhood rhyme   I am in the midst of the days of awe…the 10 days of the Jewish New Year, […]

Nine Ways to Open Your Heart to Joy

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The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life. -Jack Boland Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness. —Anonymous […]

The Power Of A Listening Heart

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People don’t need fixing or lecturing. The most basic human need is to feel understood. When we are listened to we feel heard and cared about…..it allows us safety and helps us to understand ourselves better and to expand into who we really are.  —Brenda Strausz Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative […]

The Magic of Love and Acceptance

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If you allow someone to be who they are and they allow you to be who you are, then that’s Love ♥. Anything else is torture. ~ Ra Uru Hu As a therapist I often hear, “If only he or she would do this or that, I would be so much happier.” No matter how […]

Mindfulness In The Midst Of Uncertainty

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The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. -Jon Kabat-Zinn All of our emotions are our babies. Treat them tenderly, care for them.  Be with them.  Understanding and compassion will ultimately transform them. -Thich Nhat Hanh My years of living have finally taught me how little control I really have. I can’t bring peace […]

Mindful Moments: Lessons In Equanimity

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Trees are beautiful in their peace; they are wise in their silence. They will stand after we are dust. They teach us, and we tend them. -Altiem MacDunelmor I love the word equanimity. Just saying the word fills me with a sense of relaxation in my body and soul. My life has had its stresses […]

Transform Your Life With Loving-Kindness!

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“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.” -Jack Kanfield We all have days when we are just plain down on ourselves. Days that we tell ourselves that we are just not good enough. If only we were smarter, more efficient, more witty, more attractive. On these kinds of days we just want […]