Louie Schwartzberg Gratitude

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude

A daily gratitude practice has a powerful impact on mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. People who practice gratitude notice many benefits: Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure Higher levels of positive emotions More joy, optimism, and happiness Act with more generosity and compassion Feel less lonely and isolated And, Read more…

Be Thankful

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow. Be thankful for Read more…

Minimum Requirements of Self-Care

Minimum Requirements of Self-Care

Parenting, care-giving, crises, and life transitions have the potential of squeezing your self-care abilities below the bare minimum, leaving you in a self-care deficit. The article, “Minimum Self-Care Requirements” discusses the practice of “minimum requirements of self-care” to sustain you through these times. Excerpt from “Minimum Self-Care Requirements:” Between surviving and leading a fully Read more…

Zindel Segal Depression

Mindfulness and Depression

Zindel Segal’s TED talk is an excellent resource for understanding depression and the beneficial impact of a mindfulness practice. The following is an excerpt of Segal’s talk: “When people are depressed and they are feeling sad. This is a symptom. But, when they are no longer feeling depressed, sadness can function Read more…

Light Stream

Light Stream

The light stream is a relaxation meditation used to calm distressing sensations in the body. It is also a body scan that allows you to be compassionate and mindful of what you are experiencing and feeling in this present moment. This is an adaptation of Francine Shapiro’s original Light Stream. Read more…

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Self-Compassion and Anger

Can compassion really help me with my anger problem? In his recent article, How to Turn Your Brain from Anger to Compassion, Paul Gilbert explores the shifts that happen in the brain and our reactivity when we learn how to cultivate compassion. Gilbert notes, “Attention is like a spotlight—whatever it Read more…

Give Yourself A Break

Give Yourself A Break

I recently received “Give Yourself a Break” in the mail and immediately read over half of it. It is wonderful. Kim Fredrickson’s book about self-compassion explores God’s compassion for us from a balanced perspective that includes both truth and grace. Compassionate self-talk has been shown to calm the threat-detection system and allow us Read more…

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Breathing Space

A breathing space meditation is a brief meditation used several times each day to gently create a new habit of mindfulness. The four minute breathing space is simple and easy to use two to three times a day. Breathing Space Practice: Two or Three times each day Each day, notice and jot Read more…

loving kindness centering prayer

Loving Kindness Centering Prayer

A loving kindness prayer uses words and images to evoke feelings of loving kindness toward oneself and others. The following Loving-Kindness meditation is in the form of a prayer that focuses on God’s loving kindness toward us and how we then become a vessel of His love toward others.

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Gratitude in Marriage

Gratitude is an essential part of healthy relationships. When we practice daily gratitude with our partner, it is less likely that we will take each other for granted. Psychology Today explores the benefits of gratitude in relationships in the recent article, “Does Gratitude Matter in Marriage?“

assertiveness

Assertiveness

Assertiveness is based on balance. It requires being forthright about our wants and needs while still considering the rights, needs, and wants of others. When we practice assertiveness, we ask for what we want and realize that other’s needs and wants are equally important. Assertive people practice fairness and empathy with themselves and others. The power Read more…

self-care wheel

Self-Care Wheel

Olga Phoenix’s Self Care Wheel is split into six essential self-care categories: Physical Psychological Emotional Spiritual Personal Professional The wheel offers helpful ideas for each element of self-care. Start small. Pick one or two things this week and notice the impact on how you feel.  

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Just Breathe

When we feel overwhelmed, anxious, angry, or can’t seem to stop our minds from racing, deep breathing calms the body and helps us refocus. Just breathe. When we feel overwhelmed, anxious, angry, or can’t seem to stop our minds from racing, deep breathing calms the body and helps us refocus. Read more…