Saving Relationships

In the midst of enormous cultural, political and economic change, how do we stay sane? By staying connected to each other. The “times that try men’s souls” also try the ties between us and others—just when we need them most. We need them because we are a social species. Relationships sustain us, not just psychologically […]

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Take a cup of kindness yet.

True kindness comes from, and generates, inner strength. It benefits not only its recipients, but its practitioners—and all of their circles of influence. If you ask your circle what character traits relate most to business success, what do you think you would hear? Vision? Focus? Determination? Those qualities are important, of course. But I (along with many […]

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Kindness

Being kind to others starts with being kind to yourself. This process helps you bring an attitude of kindness to stressful situations, helping yourself and others respond calmly and constructively. Process: Step 1: Experience your breath. Breathe slowly in and out. Notice your body expanding and contracting. Feel the coolness of your in-breath and the […]

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Breathing and Emotional Regulation

This practice uses the breath to help ground, center, calm, and regualte your energy. The process is simple, and effective. It can be done any time, even if you have only a minute to spare. Process: Experience your breath: Breathe slowly in and out. Notice the body expanding and contracting. Feel the cooling in-breath and […]

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Hurts so good?

How a fixation on pain avoidance may have eroded our coping skills—and what we can do about it. Here in the USA, we have an unalienable right to the “pursuit of happiness.” Our founding fathers said so. But maybe we’ve been pursuing happiness just a little too much. Maybe we conflate happiness with avoidance of […]

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