Take A Mindful Breath This Holiday Season

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How many times have we made up our minds that this holiday season “we are going to be good”. We begin to plot and plan and make up a thousand different scenarios in our minds about what we will and what we won’t allow ourselves to eat, only to find ourselves abandoning our best plans […]

February is Eating Disorder Awareness Month

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Recovery is possible! Visit our page to find help for your eating disorder The Rapid Recovery Narrative “True love is deeply caring for yourself; only then, can you be fully available to love others deeply” Allison Stuart Kaplan I used to have anorexia, but I’m better now. I’ve heard that phrase countless times. In our […]

Absolute Freedom: Get Present to Your Being in 2013

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Get Present to Your Being in 2013 As we celebrate the beginning of this New Year in a new decade, I am reminded that freedom is available to us because of extraordinary courage and work. Although I am very grateful for this country, the freedom that I am discussing in this article has nothing to […]

Embrace Your Freedom to Choose

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“Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.” ~ Remember and honor the month of November […]

Drop The Shoulds

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One time I watched a three-year-old at her birthday party. Her friends were there from preschool, and she received lots of presents. The cake came out, she admired the pink frosting rose at its center, and everyone sang. One of the moms cut pieces and without thinking sliced right through the rose – a disaster […]

Finding Peace with Uncertainty

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Fear of an uncertain future: it can stop us from doing great things, and it can keep us holding onto things that are hurting us. For example: you might be holding onto clutter for reasons of comfort and security, even if the clutter gives you anxiety and costs a lot of money. And: you might […]

Let It Be!

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Inquiry is one of the Practices and Techniques of Baptiste Yoga. When in inquiry, consider you don’t know the whole truth about anyone or any situation; and perhaps you don’t even know the whole truth about what you are capable of creating in your yoga practice and your life. Inquiry is a great practice of […]

WHY Do We Do What We Do?

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WHY do you do what you do? What you do, and how you do it, is secondary to why. Simon Sinek, in his TED Talk lecture, How Great Leaders Inspire Action, states the distinction of successful people and corporations as those who know “why” they do what they do, not just knowing how they do […]

The UnAmerican Dream

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The American Dream… The white picket fence. The large suburban home. The nice car. The big-screen TVs glowing in multiple rooms. The safe, reasonable nine-to-five. The corner office. The suit and tie. The white collar pride. The blue collar pride. The weekends off. The paid holidays. The occasional vacation. The fringe benefits. In exchange for… […]

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 […]