1. Words In Balance

    Long since banished from most playgrounds, a teeter-totter is still familiar to many of us.   Two or more children sit on opposite ends of a long board attached to a triangular fulcrum.  When the board is centered, and the children’s weights are evenly balanced between the two ends, they enjoy the up and down rhythm while their teamwork and balance are both strengthened.  …Read More

  2. How Do We Love Each Other Better

    How do we love each other better? Whether it be a spouse, a friend, or a stranger; I have thought into this question many times and believe a huge part of this is availability is the quality of being able to be used or obtained. Below are some simple tips to improve our ability to be more available. 1.    Turn off when you are off Keep technology away from you if you are not needing it. Figurat…Read More

  3. Figuring Out Forgiveness

    Picture yourself standing at the end of a road in a box canyon.  The trailhead is surrounded by rocky cliffs broken by streamers of scree, extending from gray clouds overhead to a silent, green basin around your feet.   Before you can begin the long-awaited hike up and out, you notice something next to you.  Looking at boxes of various shapes and sizesin a disorderly pile, you r…Read More

  4. 7 Ways To Help Yourself Grow

    August was probably my least favorite month when I was a child. I was bored with finding ways to entertain my little sisters. I missed my friends from school. I hungered for more time to read. I feared for my dad’s safety when he was away fighting forest fires. I grieved over the places I wished we’d explored. I worried over finding friends again when we or they had moved… again. My disconte…Read More

  5. 3 Helpful Tips When Dealing with Anniversaries of a Loss

    Endings…Anniversary of a Loss Despite spectacular rainstorms, scented trees, and rainbows of flowers, joy eludes me. My heart aches and I am oversensitive to heat one day, and cold the next. Delays or inattentive drivers activate my body’s impatience. I tire easily and can’t seem to make progress in the things I’m trying to learn. Though I’m not yet conscious of it, my body is rememberin…Read More

  6. Why a Grateful Brain Is a Giving One

    Karen Bridges shares some tips from this article by Christina Karns (posted in Colorado Counseling Association update, Jan. 29, 2018) Research on the positive impact of gratefulness has grown considerably in the last eight years. Gratefulness is defined as thankful appreciation for what one receives, which may be tangible or intangible. Researchers such as Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman (University of …Read More

  7. Fighting for Authentic Friendship

    From birth through death, what humans most need is connection with other humans. Among all lifeforms, we are the most dependent upon others, not only for survival, but also for acceptance, affirmation, companionship, and love. Others’ generational habits, weaknesses, mistakes, and sins can leave bruises on our souls. These bruises complicate our perception of reality by diminishing our self-wort…Read More

  8. How Do You Deal with Grief?

    While most of us connect grief with the death of a dream or the loss of a loved one, grief is actually part of everyday life. Any change in life stage, relationship, living space, school, job, or health status involves both gains and losses. Our culture urges us to focus on the gains while ignoring, minimizing, or denying the losses we experience, rendering them invisible. Such an invisible loss m…Read More

  9. Waiting on Wilderness

    Different circumstances/reasons wilderness seasons exist in our lives... Disappointment Failure Death (friend or loved one or pet) Loss (job, relationship, home, possessions) Divorce Life transitions (starting school, leaving home, marriage, first child, end of childrearing, widowhood) Chronic pain Attachment wounds Head injury Infertility Car accident Trauma to a loved one Extended illness Grief …Read More

  10. On Noticing…..

    Whether I’m dealing with ordinary life transitions, difficult relationships, pain, injustice impacting my family, unexpected opportunities, or the need to change, I may cope by slipping back into the patterns of a younger me.  The problem with blocking out the pain is that it numbs my ability to notice the world around me, as well as the world within.  Nature’s deep colors and complicated te…Read More