As Ashley looks out the window, she notices the wind capturing Fall's colorful leaves and dispersing them. The leaves don’t resist the wind. They don’t seem to mind their constant location change.
Naomi is so frustrated and torn in her mind and heart. She recently found out her friend of ten years, Marlo, had disclosed her jealousy of Naomi’s marriage and lifestyle at a recent social gathering. At first Naomi feels shocked and full of questions. Up until now, they enjoy each other’s company and regularly text and chat about all sorts of things.
Carrie has arrived at a crossroad in her life. Her seven relationship with Joey has started to fizzle. At work, she shows up for the money and benefits. The eventual loss of Joey and dead-end job is building up daily surges of fear, helplessness, anger and loneliness. Is it time for Carrie to peak into her spiritual toolbox for answers?
Boundaries involve more than a cushion between people: they teach us respect and safety. They assure others that our limits allow us relationship freedom vs. restriction. There is nothing worse than walking on eggshells and using passive-aggressive language to send a message. If we want to be seen and heard by others in clear and open ways we must have and maintain healthy boundaries.
Cleo feels the world is closing in on her. For the last five years she has been caregiver to her mother who had weekly kidney treatments. After mom’s passing, Cleo’s sadness mixed with guilt, exhaustion and poor sleep. Symptoms grow more intense each day. It has been a year since mom died and the days pass by with little meaning. Cleo realizes she can no longer use caregiving to shield her from this pain.
The season of graduation ceremonies is upon us. These momentous occasions are engendered by those progressing from one life point to another. Seemingly academic in nature, graduations represent a passing of time, a maturing of self and the recognition of no turning back. There is much also to consider from a spiritual perspective. Here are four graduation gifts awaiting as part of this spiritual graduation journey.
Harry’s “Time Out” button in his head has been sending signals so he can ease up on the constant mental stresses causing his anxiety. Yet he overlooks this button and prefers to use the shiny (and deceptive) button called “Distraction.” Read on to learn how he manages to work through anxiety and practice mental wellness.
Being a leader or supervisor is difficult. Every second of every hour revolves around meetings, unexpected last-minute fires and constant team-building. Besides having an impressive title with lots of responsibilities, leaders deal with considerable pressure to keep staff happy while avoiding trouble.
We often hear the term “courage,” but in reality, what does it mean? Does it merely describe someone who is overzealous and likes to take major risks? Or is there more to it? Definitions imply that courageous souls face fears and overcome adversity while possessing specific traits like having a lot of nerve or brimming with excessive confidence. But what are courageous individuals really like on a day-to-day basis?
The overbearing ego assumes its formula for decision-making involves anxiety, tension and overwhelm. The cycle of insanity distances us from resolution and leads to despair, panic and uncertainty. By now, we may have determined this predictable outcome yields poor results and no reward. And yet here we are doing the same thing over and over again. Joy gives permission to exercise the best part of ourselves - our imagination.