The Twelve Mindsets of Living Alive: Part VIII- The Courage to Live Authentically

It is naive to think that self-assertiveness is easy.
To live self-assertively – which means to live authentically –  
is an act of high courage.
That is why so many people spend the better part of their lives
in hiding – from others and also from themselves.
– Nathaniel Branden


It takes courage to find our voice, to declare our purpose and to move forward toward our desires.  And it also takes the discovery of our authentic self.  There is deep and authentic You that exists underneath the layers of “need”, the layers of “should-ing”, the constant “wanting” and not doing, and the voices of others chattering away in our mind.  When we are living in this state, burdened by these layers and the constant ring of others in our head we become hidden. We can become frozen and lose our ability to move forward, to take the first small steps toward achieving our dreams and aspirations.  And we can become exhausted. (more…)

The Twelve Mindsets of Living Alive: Part VII – Practice Forgiveness

Happy December.  Wow, that came quick. Another year is coming to a close and we are entering the season of holiday cheer – a time when we gather with friends, with work colleagues and with family to celebrate.

And whether you celebrate Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Kwanzaa, we all celebrate with lighting candles, lighting trees, decorating our windows, yards and streets with lights, fires in the fireplace, exchanging of gifts, gathering together in community, and feasting around the dining room table. (more…)

The Twelve Mindsets of Living Alive: Part VI – Tap Into Your Intuition: The Internal Dialogue of Your Authentic Self

At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into
the wilderness of your intuition.
What you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover is yourself.
-Alan Alda

In the summer of 2017 I came across a notice about a therapeutic workshop taking place in Calgary, Canada and being hosted by a teacher I met several years before at workshop I had enjoyed.  I had not really thought about her since that workshop – although I had learned a lot and implemented a lot of her strategies. (more…)