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Awaken Joy and Compassion

“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh [caption id="attachment_1483" align="alignleft" width="201"] A moment of joy can awaken compassion[/caption] One word, one action, one thought can bring us into direct...[ read more ]

Meet Emotional Pain with Compassion

Compassion helps heal wounds

“The cry we hear from deep in our hearts, says Thich Nhat Hanh, comes from the wounded child within. Healing this inner child’s pain will transform negative emotions.” Compassion can help us heal emotional pain… Meeting emotional pain with compassion heals. However, it isn't our first response. When emotional pain arises, we usually try to avoid it, distract ourselves or soothe...[ read more ]

Pausing to Connect with Life

As I step outside, I notice the sky is dark and clouds blanket the sky. Breathing in I can smell the scent of rain is on the way. Walking along the path, I feel a light drizzle begin to fall. The raindrops lightly fall against my skin and I pause to feel this vibrant connection to life. I close my...[ read more ]

Overwhelmed? Learn Mindful Ways to Help Yourself

     How are you today? How is the breath, body and heart? Take a moment to pause and really connect with what's happening in this moment. What are you paying attention to? Is it thoughts, an ache in the body or an emotion?      These inquiries help us to stay connected with the life around and within us. We so...[ read more ]

The healing and restorative power of retreat…

Let go of doing and focus on your most important resource...you! [box] When we leave busyness, worries aside and retreat to a place that is supportive and peaceful we are taking care of our body, mind and heart...this is the power of retreat..[/box] Take a moment to pause and notice what you feel in your body. What is the state...[ read more ]

Take time to de-stress as an act of kindness…

Our daily lives are often busy and sometimes busy can become overwhelming. When we're overwhelmed we can become irritable, tired, stressed and easily triggered/reactive. If we move through life as if it's a  marathon we lose our connection to the things that can help us stay in balance, feel energized and relaxed. I really believe that life is about balance....[ read more ]

Learn to shift from conflict to loving connection…

[caption id="attachment_1247" align="alignleft" width="222"] Imago helps couples create the relationship of their dreams![/caption] What do you long for the most in your intimate relationship? Is it connection, love, joy, passion? How do you react when there's conflict? One thing I've noticed after working with couples for over 10 years is that their deepest need to feel connected. Even after 25...[ read more ]

Obsessive thinking running your life?

We tend to spend so much time in our heads/thoughts that life happens and we aren't really present. This is especially true when we become obsessed with a thought and it consumes us to the point that we all our interactions revolve around it. Obsessive thinking can also stir up feelings such as fear, anger, resentment and when this happens...[ read more ]

Week 1: Opening to creativity

This is the first week of our Artist Way Group and the theme we've explored is safety. In her book, "The Artist Way", Julia Cameron talks about the need to "establish a sense of safety, as this enables us to explore creativity with less fear." So my question to myself and to you is "What does your inner artist/child need...[ read more ]

Stop resisting and start living!

Life is a combination of wonderful and painful experiences. Sometimes we forget this especially when our life isn't going according to plan, or we're  face a crisis. When this happens our a tendency to react. Sometimes our reaction is visible, as when we get angry, vent, yell, cry or in some way vent our frustration. Other times our reactions are...[ read more ]



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