Breathing with One Lung

Breathing with One Lung

“I have six months to live. I need help." These were the first words Lucy said to me. Tumors had been found in her left lung. Her doctors reassured her she’d be kept comfortable. Removal of the lung was not an option. Her right lung had been taken eighteen months ago....

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Master Controller or Champion Surfer?

Master Controller or Champion Surfer?

From the vantage point of a dry hot beach the movement of surfers looks effortless. Some tumble, but those that ride the cusp of a wave make it look like an act of grace. An unexpected bonus from my afternoon beginners class was an insight that trying to control the...

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The Best and Worst Descriptions of the Mind

The Best and Worst Descriptions of the Mind

About five years ago my quest to understand how life works ground to a halt. Prior, I’d spent decades as an earnest seeker. Sometimes fueled by my role as a therapist, healer and mentor and at other times in an effort to improve myself, my psyche and my lot in life....

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Aha! Struck by a Moment of Insight

Aha! Struck by a Moment of Insight

Saunter into the health and personal growth section of your local bookstore and you'll find an avalanche of tools and techniques to tap, mantra or smudge away old beliefs and install new ones. It can be fun and even fascinating to massage the psyche. But in the end...

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The Monster Inside My Head

The Monster Inside My Head

A monster moved into our family home somewhere between my sixth and seventh birthdays. It took up residence at the top of the stairs. Prior to its arrival I’d climb the stairs to my bedroom with the carefree attitude you’d expect of a child. But after the monster...

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How To Get Through A Rough Patch

How To Get Through A Rough Patch

I thought the best way to illustrate the solution to rough patches would be to draw on a recent client conversation. Identifying details have been removed but the essence speaks to the heart of our innate capacity to bounce back from challenges. C(all): I’ve fallen...

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Drop the Resolutions and Fly!

Drop the Resolutions and Fly!

At the end of a year I used to reflect on the past and make resolutions for what I wanted to create for the new one. But I now approach a new year differently. The problem with resolutions is that they’re often born out of an assessment of what we don’t like; about...

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Why we don’t need to see eye to eye to get along

Why we don’t need to see eye to eye to get along

You know that moment when you meet someone and all is going well and then they say something that changes everything? That thing they say could draw you closer, in which case you feel you’re making traction, or it could throw up barbed wire between you. For a long...

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