Over the last couple of months, we have been exploring how to boost our positivity by introducing “micro-moments” of positive emotions and experiences, especially important when we are going through difficult times. This helps us not only manage the stress, but as Barbara Fredrickson, founder of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Lab at UNC tells us, we are better …

06/19 Positive Partnerships Click to Read Post »

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July 2016 Those of you who know us-who have attended one of our workshops or trainings-know that we love mandalas.  Big mandalas, small mandalas, coloring mandalas, all kinds of mandalas!  Although in some ways mandalas are nothing more than a circle drawn on a piece of paper, there is something compelling about that simple form.   Mandalas have been called “sacred circles” …

07/16 Mandala Magic Click to Read Post »

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Rebecca recently had her hands full transporting her cat, Don Juan, from DC to Tucson.  The trip was an absurd comedy of errors.  She recounted the day as follows: Things started out fairly uneventfully for us at the airport.  I had TSA pre-check so that I didn’t have to take off my shoes or take out my computer and I …

03/16 The Cat Out of the Bag and Other Stressors Click to Read Post »

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“I believe that unconditional love will have the final word ” Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s been a challenging year if you listen to the news recaps. Ebola. Gaza. Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines. ISIS. Robin Williams. Girls here and abroad abducted and raped. Rockets crashing. Ferguson. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns of “severe, pervasive and irreversible” damage to our …

12/14 Other People Matter Click to Read Post »

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Many of us struggle with an inner voice that chatters a low-grade stream of discouraging negativity.  In the world of creativity, this voice has been christened “The Inner Critic” but we’ve heard other much more evocative and telling names such as “The Wicked Witch” “Nagging Nelly” or “Perfect Pete” which capture the discouraging power of this “personality”. Although we may …

9/13 Name Your Inner Critic Click to Read Post »

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