I was introduced to the phrase "beginner's mind" in my yoga teacher training years ago, and it was one of the most impactful lessons I learned. I am sharing this phrase with you because it applies to all aspects of life, on and off the mat. I come back to this teaching...

Not everyone with contamination OCD/health anxiety may be triggered by this pandemic. OCD has many different flavors. For some people, it's possible and normal for their brains to continue being obsessed with the same theme of contamination it was before the COVID-19 v...

December 13, 2019

Typically when we avoid, we attempt to detach from an experience, often distancing to a point
of numbness. We avoid in an attempt to remove ourselves from the unpleasantness of
whatever is happening. 

It makes sense why we do this. Our brain is evolutionarily wired to k...

Is It Normal to Be Nervous in Social Settings?

The short answer: Yes! It is actually healthy for you to be a little on edge in social situations. From an evolutionary standpoint, an increase of alertness and self monitoring helped our ancestors decide who to trust and w...

So… you’re tired of being anxious and you’ve decided it’s time for a change. 

You want things to be different so you want to make BIG changes to reflect the BIG shift in how you want to feel. 

But to make this happen, you need to accept that, in order to feel differently...

Black and White Thinking 


This type of thinking evolves from a desire for certainty. It hinges on the belief that perfection is possible and there is a single ‘right’ decision. This type of rigid thinking can lead to a lot of angst because you may spend a considerable...

January 11, 2019

At some point in time anger became a dirty word. Instead of acknowledging that something has made us upset and working through it, we’ve been shamed for feeling provoked. Shame is a powerful feeling that we are flawed, and it can manipulate one into suppressing ‘negati...

What is an Automatic Thought:

An automatic thought (AT) is a cognition you have that is out of your control. We have thousands of automatic thoughts a day. We are aware of some of our ATs, but not most of them. It’s okay to not be tuned into every thought you have becau...

June 20, 2018

As a society, we value progress. People like to see the tangible results of their labor and the phrase, “no rest for the weary” is used to motivate a constant state of striving.

Unfortunately we end up being programmed to seek without end and view rest as failure. The t...

June 19, 2018

What is the nervous system?:
 

The nervous system is comprised of your brain, spinal cord, nerves, and nerve pathways. It is essentially a complex roadmap of electrical wiring that allows your body and mind to communicate. One of its most important roles is managing our...

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