“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”  It’s February. That means Black History month. It means the month of love. It’s the month which marked a year since the world began fighting the pandemic. It’s …

Is It Cliché to Use MLK? Click to Read Post »

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February 2018 Barbara Fredrickson, one of our favorite psychologists and author of Love 2.0, provocatively asks “What if everything we know about love is wrong?” We like featuring her work in February because Valentine’s Day triggers so many preconceived expectations about love. These are usually associated with romantic love, with a connection that we believe can only be fulfilled by …

02/18 Everything You Know About Love Is Wrong Click to Read Post »

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When you’re single everybody and their mother tells you how to find a mate.  They’ll tell you what you should do: follow your interests and you’ll meet people with similar interests, do something different so you’ll broaden your options, join a gym, be yourself, be authentic, step outside of your comfort zone, play the game, be honest, lower your expectations, …

02/17 How To Find Love and Other Fallacies Click to Read Post »

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When we work with people in substance abuse recovery, we focus on identifying positive emotions they’d want to experience if their recovery from addiction goes as well as it possibly could. Using this “fake it ’til you make it” approach allows people the opportunity to imagine, and act “as if”, their ideal life was a reality. In this process, they …

04-15 Low-Key Joy Click to Read Post »

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Not only is love wonderful to both give and receive, but it also improves physical health. That’s part of why we have been using Love-Kindness Meditation (LKM) in our workshops. We follow that up with response art, such as the drawing above done at a recent Smith Center workshop on Mandalas for Meditation, Peace and Healing. Although we had heard …

02/14 Love is a Vital Nutrient Click to Read Post »

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