Relationships

Practices to help strengthen communication skills and find a healthy equilibrium between intimacy and autonomy.

Using Mindfulness to Soften Social Anxiety

Shyness is painful at any age – and if you experience full-blown social anxiety, it can be devastating taking a toll on relationships, or stalling your education or career.  Even simple day-to-day activities, like exercising or eating in public can be difficult for someone with social anxiety.  If you suffer…

Overwhelm and Isolation:  How mindful hub can help

Overwhelm and Isolation: How mindful hub can help

In my therapy practice I can pretty easily classify my clients’ struggles into two categories.  They are either struggling with overwhelm or isolation, and oftentimes both.  Overwhelm comes in many flavors.  I sit with young adults just starting out and older adults who are overwhelmed with school work, extracurricular activities, societal…

Self-Care September – Tip #8:  Reflect with self-compassion

Self-Care September – Tip #8: Reflect with self-compassion

At sundown this evening the Jewish high holiday Rosh Hashanah begins, and marks the beginning of ten days to reflect on the past year.  Even though I was raised Catholic, and I’m now a Unitarian/Buddhist/Pagan…. something, I’ve always liked this idea of taking time to reflect.  Reflection at its best…

Countering ‘cringe syndrome’ – Mindful Embarrassment

Countering ‘cringe syndrome’ – Mindful Embarrassment

We make mistakes.  We say stupid things, get mad, angry.  In spite of our best intentions, we do things to hurt others – and ourselves.  I personally don’t have to look back past last week to think of something I said that can cause me to cringe right here as…

Countering 'cringe syndrome' – Mindful Embarrassment

Countering 'cringe syndrome' – Mindful Embarrassment

We make mistakes.  We say stupid things, get mad, angry.  In spite of our best intentions, we do things to hurt others – and ourselves.  I personally don’t have to look back past last week to think of something I said that can cause me to cringe right here as…

Gratitude Challenge – Day Thirty-five: Difficult conversations

Gratitude Challenge – Day Thirty-five: Difficult conversations

We often avoid important conversations for fear of conflict, drama, hurt feelings.  But if we can apply mindfulness, and view the situation with compassion for all parties concerned, difficult conversations can be an opportunity for growth, connection, reconciliation. Today I am grateful for the opportunity presented in difficult conversations.  By…