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Restless is that feeling of being on edge, something is not quite right. It is a vague feeling that something is wrong and you need to do something about it. It is a part of the flight or fight system.

You want to change your life, slow down and have a more meaningful existence.  Maybe you made the decision to commit to one person and build an intimate relationship. You took action by starting therapy to create a more positive attitude. You have even bought into the idea of self-care and self-parenting.   

You know these are smart, health...

“It is astonishing, in the end, how difficult it is to know

the things you know.  What I mean is that all I had discovered 

was everything I knew all along.”

― Aoibheann Sweeney

Anyone who has spent much time with children has heard the common

refrain, “I forgot”.  It can be the answer to anything from, “Where are your shoes?” to “Why are you late?” The phrase “I forgot” is probably more true than most adults want to accept. There are many ways that our mind has to get us to “forget” a piece of information, an event or an experience that it finds...

“In truth, the minute we arrive we are born singing,

thought this is often mistaken for crying.” 

---Mark Nepo

When a baby is born, the doctor, the nurse, and the mother all wait to hear the baby’s first cry.  Silence, anticipation and fear are all experienced in that brief moment, waiting for the necessary sound that indicates new life. It is the sound of life. The traditional thinking is that the babies comes into the world crying. Yet, how would that experience change for those who wait for the sounds of life if they thought they were listening f...

Work when there is work to do. Rest when you are tired. One

thing done in peace will most likely be better than ten things done

in panic.

-Susan McHenry

My daughter works in a large New York hospital. As her mother, I am scared. I maybe putting an undue amount of fear into her situation. She definitely thinks so. When we talked about her job and the risk she faced, her answer to my fears was to say that there is too much negative energy in the world right now, and what we

need to do is to think positive thoughts and put creative energy into our lives....

Every hardship, every crisis we encounter changes us. It changes the way we think; it changes our outlooks on life. How we respond and the choices we make can determine if that change will enhance our lives or handicap them.

We are living in such a moment in history. The COVID-19 pandemic is something that the world has not seen in our lifetimes, and effects us emotionally regardless of our beliefs.  Here in the United States, we have lost our freedom in a way that has never occurred before.

The stress of the unknown, the stress of the loss of our...

I learned there was value in waiting when I was 12 years old.  It was the first year that I knew there was no such thing as Santa Claus.  Having discovered the truth the year before, I knew that somewhere in our small house would be a mother load of goodies for me. One day when I was alone in the house, I began to search. The presents were not hard to find.  There they were, tucked behind some boxes in the storage closet. One present in particular that I remember was a View Master, with three reels to view. I spent a joyful 15 minutes with my dis...

RESILIENCE WEEK is a first-of-its-kind North Carolina engagement campaign in partnership with UNC-TV, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, and KPJR Films starting today November 18th, 2019. 

There was a time not so long ago when adverse childhood experiences were not acknowledged. Many considered children to be too young to remember what happened to them, or for them to experience long term effects from these experiences.  In the early 1900s, Freud and his contemporaries began to notice and study the effects that childhood experiences had on a...

Being human means you can love and hate at the same time. Love and hate can make us behave in ways in which we are not fully in control.

Love and hate sound like opposites; however, the two emotions are quite closely connected in the brain. I would suggest that indifference is actually the opposite of love, and can kill any relationship faster than hatred. In order to explain, we need to look at how the brain functions.

Rage is linked to the centers in the brain that anticipate reward. Brain research has shown that stimulating reward circuits resul...

Each of us has created or been drawn into a Drama Triangle many times over the course of our lives. It happens on an unconscious level to help us survive difficult situations. We learned how to participate in drama as a child, because it served us well in a time of need. Unfortunately, because it is an unconscious action, it continues far beyond its usefulness and we don’t see it.

This is a cycle designed to keep us from feeling our true feelings.

The way to break this cycle is to develop a new relationship with ourselves; relationships where we ar...

Last week, we tackled a bitter truth that's also a strange dichotomy: Pain is an essential part of humanity, and suffering is part of the road to happiness.  The basic argument is that pain is built into the lives we lead, and it's even an essential part of how the body works.  We as a society seek ways to avoid that pain and the suffering that comes along with it, all in the name of the search for happiness. However, I'm here to suggest that the real path to personal happiness and growth isn't around your pain, but through it.   Suffering serves...

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