Stress Awareness

Our bodies often know what we are feeling before we do.  They are automatically responding to the situations we are involved in.  Situations that we ourselves are not always consciously attuned to.  An example of this is the body’s response to stress.  Almost everyone has become aware of their body’s immediate response to stress (i.e. […]

A Prescription for Pre-Election Stress

If you’re feeling stressed about the upcoming election, you are not alone. A recent bipartisan survey by the American Psychological Association found that 52% of Americans report having high stress levels due to this year’s presidential election. There’s a reason for this. For years, studies have shown that when we catch up on the news […]

Leaning

As I sat on the dock of a large lake a few weeks ago, I found myself mesmerized by a windsurfer out on the water. He had an amazing ability to steer and maneuver, even though the waves were choppy and the wind was erratic. Somehow, in the midst of these external forces, the young […]

Darkness

I recently learned that most of a plant’s growth occurs at night – in the darkness, without sunshine and warmth. This surprised me, as I assumed growth would occur in the brightness of day when the sun’s rays are reaching the leaves and warming the soil surrounding the roots. Of course most plants need a […]

F.E.A.R.

FEAR – It’s Your Choice… Fear.  We all know the feeling.  Whether it’s an immediate response to a dangerous situation or an ongoing concern over something that may happen in the future, many people find themselves limited and confined by this emotion.  I want to challenge you to look at fear in two ways: Forget […]

H.O.P.E.

How do you define hope?  It can be difficult to put into words.  Hope is one of those elusive concepts that challenge our ability to use concrete, descriptive words. Belief, aspiration, desire, future, and possibility are often used in a definition of hope, yet those words do little to bring about an understanding. I think […]