A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.

The Unexpected Challenges of Gratitude

As we approach the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday there is an increasing focus on the concept of gratitude. Gratitude, which rhymes with "attitude," comes from the Latin word gratus, which means "thankful, pleasing." If you struggle with the concept of gratitude, you are not alone. Commonly, people say "how can I be grateful when I am [...]

By |2018-11-21T01:35:13+00:00November 21st, 2018|Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Blaming and Finger Pointing

When conflict happens, it is natural to want to point the finger at the other party emphasizing what “they” need to change. Perhaps blaming is a defense mechanism or simply an easy way out. No matter how we label it, this strategy seems to be ineffective in making sustainable change in our personal lives and [...]

I Want To Know…

How do you want to live your life?  What a powerful question and one that is likely very challenging to answer.  Consider this poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer called “The Invitation”. I remember reading this for the first time about ten years ago and I continue to come back to it at different times throughout [...]

By |2017-06-30T23:42:18+00:00June 30th, 2017|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Preparation…And, We’re Not Talkin’ About The Turkey!

The holidays tend to be filled with food, family, and inevitably some amount of emotional distress.  Here are some things for you to consider in preparation for your Thanksgiving: - What do you need to do to ensure your nutritional needs are met throughout the course of the entire day?  Some thoughtful planning around this [...]

Why Recover?

The process of recovery is grueling at times.  It is painful and requires consistent work.  Because of this, it begs the question of “Why?”.  “Why put in all of the work?”.  “Why commit time and resources?”. “Why recover?”. If you haven’t ever taken time to genuinely ask yourself these questions, please do.  If you can’t [...]

By |2016-10-19T17:30:31+00:00October 19th, 2016|Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Weekend Reflections

Goodness!  There is always more to learn.  We’ve just spent a weekend away continuing our education about the process of healing in recovery.  Here are some important elements that we found to be powerful from our weekend: The importance of play. How often do you laugh or give yourself the freedom to simply let go [...]

By |2016-09-26T15:39:38+00:00September 26th, 2016|Mindfulness|1 Comment