Empower Your Self

We are empowered when we have the tools and knowledge to create intentional change and respond to life’s challenges in ways that ennoble us and support our quest for a True Life.

We need fortifications for such challenges. As one of my clients said to me, “Healing is not for sissies.”

We need the strength of our minds, hearts, and spirits as we navigate the rough waters and bumpy terrain of our healing paths, and as we discover our potential.

These articles offer inspiration, stories, and practical tools to inspire your powerful inner-guide.

The Dangerous Myth that Self-Care is Selfish

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The Antidote? Self-Love (In Five Simple Steps).

How Caring for Ourselves FIRST is Vital…for Us AND Others

You’ve heard it a million times. Why? Because it is vital:

“In the event of cabin decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your…

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Forgiveness: Essential Power Tool for Health Resilience

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For me, forgiveness has been one of those life lessons–and practices–that has had mind-bending and life altering payoffs. I’ve learned the hard way that holding onto past hurts and trauma consumes precious energy and mind power.

Clinging to anger and resentment is an energy suck that drives stress—the smoldering kind of stress that hangs on and leaves decay and destruction in its path. That…

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Practice is a Superpower

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Fact is, we’re always practicing something… we might as well be intentional about it.

“What nine months of attention does for an embryo, forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness.”                                                                                                                                …

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How We’re Wired to Go With the Flow (Really??)

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That’s just crazy! Is there anything we work harder at?

But hear me out on this… we’re actually designed to go with the flow–to change, to engage with the uncertainty and mystery of our lives, to soften our resistance.

Yes, we’re all nervous about change. Our trepidation about flowing with our lives, rather than keeping things the same, is based not only on the uncertainty of the outcome

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The Upside of Our Uncertain Lives

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“The suspense is killing me.”

“I’m absolutely certain…”

“Because that’s how it’s always been.”

These words roll right off our tongues–unconsciously–because we’re wired and trained to resist uncertainty. Honestly, very little unsettles me more. I’m a bit squeamish about not knowing what happens next.

But we can go to extremes to “know for sure:”

  • By creating stories that just aren’t true.
  • By…

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The Curious Science of Embodiment

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Relieve Anxiety by Zipping In, Not Out

What to do with the gnawing discomfort and prickly, excessive energy of anxiety? My go-to strategies are walks, hard work outs, doing chores, writing, weed pulling, filling the bird feeders… something to engage my body and my whole attention to the task.

This strategy of getting into my body is curiously calming and soothing, and often steers me toward…

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Anxiety: Simple Ways to Calm and Soothe By Fine Tuning Your Biology

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The Power of Self-Care to Smooth the Rough Edges of Anxiety

In my own life, I’ve had to contend with my personal biology to discover the ways in which I am more vulnerable to anxiety. Taking good care of my body’s needs has been one of the cornerstones of my mood stabilizing strategy. A few key corrections to my nutrition and lifestyle has made a world of difference.

For all of us, self-care is…

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The Genius of Our Anxious Minds

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Reframe Anxiety: How to Use Its Wisdom as a Trusted Guide

How does it make sense to use anxious and genius in the same sentence?

Isn’t the opposite true? Aren’t our anxious minds–you know, the way they churn and burn with worry about what has not yet happened, question everything, and stay on high alert–our downfall? A whopping character flaw? Loss of all control of, well, everything? The enemy…

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Optimism: The Key to Starting Over When We’ve Failed

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Once we’ve failed at a resolution or a goal–how do we re-engage and start again? We’ve all felt the weight of this experience–the frustration and the shame of it. How do we rise up, dust ourselves off, and dare to try again?

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over…

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Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart Change

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…and your healing. (All healing requires change.)

Getting started is the hardest–and the simplest–part.

Four simple (I didn’t say easy) steps to get you rocking and rolling:

  1. Make. the. Decision. Make the decision to change and heal. Say it, write it, tell someone. Your intentions are powerful medicine.
  2. Take an action. Just one–any–simple action. An action that leads to something. Or an action…

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