Meeting Difficult Emotions with Compassion

by Carol Hendershot

Life is just hard sometimes. We get sad, angry, frustrated, lonely, and afraid.

If you’re like me you will do everything and anything you can to avoid the pain. Have a glass of wine, get lost in Facebook, go shopping, or eat ten doughnuts. If only all those tactics worked, but they don’t. The feelings don’t go away they just get buried for a while, take their vitamins, and get ready to erupt in a Mount Vesuvius kind of ...

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3 Essential Elements of Self-Compassion

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By April Hadley, LLMSW

“Sweetheart. You are struggling. Relax. Take a breath and then we will figure out what to do.”

I love these words from long-time meditation teacher, Sylvia Boorstein, for two reasons: 1) They challenge me; and 2) they contain the three essential elements of self-compassion.

Let’s start with the first reason. I am challenged to the core by the word sweetheart! Who in the world refers to themself as ...

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Looking for the Good

by Patti Ward, M.Ed.looking in a bag

“Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones”
-Rick Hanson

Last night was our 7th class for Mindfulness & Tai Chi for Middle School. We delved into the idea of ‘soaking in the good’. We talked about how our minds are highly conditioned to recognize patterns, particularly patterns that suggest something around ...

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My Life with Sheila, My Inner Critic

By Carol Hendershot
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“If you don’t change direction, you’ll end up going in the same direction.” Yogi Berra

I love this quote by Yogi Berra, because it reminds me that I actually have to do things differently to get a different result. As the old adage goes, “If you do what you did, you get what you got.”

That’s the story of my relationship with ‘Sheila’ my inner critic. ...

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Why The !%*? Did I Say That?

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By Carol Hendershot

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.”  Brene’ Brown

I don’t know how many times I’ve agonized over that question or a similar one like, “I really screwed that up, what made me yell at him like that?” or “I know I’m right about this, why can’t she see it?” or  “I wonder if he thinks I’m an idiot for saying that?” ...

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