Magic & Miracles

While walking into school on a recent morning, my 5-year old called attention to his gloved hands. “Look,” he said as he opened them and closed them around each other “it’s magic!”. Without understanding exactly what we were pretending, I was luckily able to give him the appropriate, expected, astonished response. He was happy. MyContinue reading “Magic & Miracles”

Room For Growth

About a month before birthdays or holidays, I have a tradition with my children of clearing out toys that they no longer play with to make room for any gifts that they may receive. Well… that’s not entirely true. The tradition is planning the purge with my children and not doing it at all. Then,Continue reading “Room For Growth”

The Freedom of Choice

I recently listened to an interview with Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a remarkable woman, Holocaust survivor, and psychologist who has dedicated her life to helping others overcome trauma. At 90 years old, Dr. Eger published her first book entitled The Choice. It is an autobiography reminiscent of Dr. Victor Frankl‘s Man’s Search for Meaning. BothContinue reading “The Freedom of Choice”

Step Away From The Storm

Around 10 o’clock on a recent morning, I looked down and noticed that my toes were hanging just over the edge of my own inner spiral. The day had not gone as planned so far and the scheduled events that were to follow were already beginning to unravel, taking the last threads of my patienceContinue reading “Step Away From The Storm”

Stillness & Satisfaction

Within the past few weeks, I have had countless reminders of our growing addiction to the overwhelm. A man managing a stressful full-time job, who was out every night during the week, was concerned that he was being “too lazy” to want to fill a Saturday afternoon with a social event. A frenzied mother shufflingContinue reading “Stillness & Satisfaction”

The UrSkeks

In the 1982 fantasy film, The Dark Crystal, there are two races of species dominantly portrayed. There are the Skeksis; a hybrid reptile, vulture, and dragon, who are cruel and selfish. The aging and ailing breed anxiously survive by draining and consuming the life force of other living beings. The urRu, or Mystics, are theContinue reading “The UrSkeks”

Looking For Helpers

There is a place near my house where I like to run. It’s a 5-mile wooded trail surrounding and overlapping a reservoir, little of which I travel having a love-hate relationship with running. Even when the dirt path and small bridges are crowded with people, there is still so much untouched nature that you can’tContinue reading “Looking For Helpers”

Resistance & Resilience

One of my favorite fables is about a farmer whose only horse runs away. Once lost, the farmer’s neighbors express pity and remorse, but the farmer only utters “We shall see”. When found with several other horses, the neighbors are congratulatory and celebratory. The farmer expresses the same acceptance. Then the farmer’s son is injuredContinue reading “Resistance & Resilience”

Detachment

Like Reiki and all things spirit, I also cannot get enough of psychology and relationship research! Among my favorites is attachment theory. This is a psychological theory stating that the connections that we form as children, beginning in infancy, will shape our future relationships with others, ourselves, and even our perception of the world. ItContinue reading “Detachment”