Have you ever done that thing where you start saying a word over and over and over again until it sounds sort of singsongy and you forget what it even means? When I was little, I used to do this a lot with random "simple" words, like “awhile” and “because.” Yes, I was apparently born a word … Continue reading Why is language so trippy?
In honor of the New Year, I’ve been reflecting on the passage of time and the ways that time becomes distorted by our perceptions. In my last post, I talked about some of the ways we (humans) unintentionally (yet oftentimes, very determinedly) keep ourselves feeling stuck. The key to freeing ourselves from our “control agendas” … Continue reading New Year, Same Fear (Part 2)
It’s 2016! When did this even happen? Time seems to pass at weird rates. How often have you asked someone about their day at work, and they replied, “Ugh, it was so LONG” or have you been asked about a trip and you responded, “it went by so FAST”? The passing of time can feel … Continue reading New Year, Same Fear (Part 1)
Warning: this post may seem harsh. “Thanksgiving” is a sly and misleading name for the part of American history it commemorates. It has a dark side, but it’s so hidden by turkey and stuffing and family drama and football that most of us can easily forget it’s even there. With Thanksgiving, Americans have created a … Continue reading Get REAL This Thanksgiving
I feel such a mixture of puzzlement and sadness whenever I think about our country's minimization of mental healthcare. It's funny (but no one's really laughing here...) because so many of us are self-proclaimed "health nuts" who value wellness and want to live happy, fulfilling lives. However, the reality is that many people, somewhere along the way … Continue reading If you had a weird rash, you’d go see a dermatologist… right?!
Do you ever enjoy something so much, even though it simultaneously has components of it that SUCK? Sometimes there's just no way around it. That's how I feel about writing... and about doing therapy. As a human being, I’ve learned time and time again that it’s both terrifying and profoundly rewarding to expose one’s most authentic self. Sharing … Continue reading Being Vulnerable (yuuuughh) AKA Why I’m starting to blog
Mindfulness means purposefully paying attention- without judgment- to what's happening in the present moment, according to Jon Kabat-Zinn, a psychologist who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. What I love about this definition is that it encompasses what Kabat-Zinn calls the full catastrophe of life. We tend to focus on the stuff we want to change, ruminate on the … Continue reading Welcome to my practice!