Body Empowerment From The Inside Out

Body Empowerment From The Inside Out By Sydney Rose I’ll never forget the moment I found out that I had enviable eyelids. I was 15 and a friend of mine was reading a blog about makeup. “You’re lucky,” she said “I wish my eyelids creased twice.” It was like a new world had opened up to me. Before that moment I had literally no idea that something could be right or wrong with my eyelids.…

Lift Shame! Finally Love Yourself And Others This Valentine’s Day With Your Inner Activist (The Inner Activist Part 2)

Lift Shame! Finally Love Yourself And Others This Valentine’s Day With Your Inner Activist The Inner Activist Part 2 On Valentine’s Day and most days, we hear a lot about loving ourselves. What the heck does this actually mean?! I used to think that loving myself, my body and everything about me meant that I was going to be the most confident person ever and would look in the mirror and say “Damn, I rock…

Balance Is a Myth: 5 Steps Towards Knowing Your Flow

Balance Is a Myth: 5 Steps Towards Knowing Your Flow I don’t know about you but this time of year can feel utterly chaotic to me. I feel a struggle with over-commitments, winter blues, political blues, and colds upon colds. In one week I had 5 holiday commitments, 4 doctors appointments (between the dog, myself and my child,) 3 huge work projects, food poisoning, and a partridge in a pear tree! It’s not just me though.…

Stop Waiting for the Right Moment to Meditate! 5 ways to practice active meditation

The following excerpt is from Psychology Today’s Middle Ground blog with Marty Babbits: Marty Babbits writes: I found myself sitting on my couch this weekend feeling that I really needed to take some time for myself, some down-time. Simultaneously, I felt that the need to get up and do something because my thoughts were flying wild, bouncing from one topic to the next. Before I committed to any activity I took the opportunity to look over Adrienne…

Mindfulness and Coping With Loss

Mindfulness and Coping With Loss By Ines Guariguata, LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC, SEP The violent events of the last few months stir loss and grief on a multitude of levels for many communities. Attacks on various marginalized groups (though historical and on-going in most cases),  have felt particularly acute and painful lately.  I personally have had to contend with grief in a profound way, with seemingly little respite, and many of my clients who are members of…

Safe Space: A Pathway Towards Peace

Safe Space: A Pathway Towards Peace By Leon Silvers, LMHC, Experience Wellness Group Therapist The recent shootings in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, to name only a few, have left many of us feeling angry and enraged. How can we deal with those feelings, and  feel safe while living in a culture of injustice, intolerance and inequality? Additionally, how can we grieve and heal in this social climate when acts of violence and brutality are happening…

Recovery Through Cancer And Crisis With Psychotherapy and Mindfulness: My Personal Experience

Recovery Through Cancer And Crisis With Psychotherapy and Mindfulness: My Personal Experience By Matt Ushkow While mindfulness sounds simple in theory, it requires work, effort and intention.  It is not so much a quick fix as it is a life long practice.  Slowly, by examining our thoughts and our feelings, listening to our bodies, and gradually allowing ourselves to sit with the discomfort of what we might be feeling; we can eventually begin to nurture and…

Use of Body and Mindfulness In Exercise

Use of Body and Mindfulness In Exercise By Edith Stark, LMSW, Experience Wellness Group Therapist Exercise can be a wonderful coping skill to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Sometimes there are barriers in our way, either physical or mental that blocks us from being able to enjoy the therapy of moving our bodies. Classes that promote body ideals, weight loss and calorie burning can be triggering for those struggling with eating disorders and body image issues.…

Sitting With Sour Powers: Using Mindfulness With Teens By Edie Stark

Sitting With Sour Powers: Using Mindfulness With Teens  By Edie Stark LMSW, Experience Wellness Group Therapist A lot of times when I introduce the idea of mindfulness to my adolescent clients I am met with a reaction of, “what? I have to sit by myself in silence and not think? Ya. NO thanks.” While silent meditation can be helpful to many individuals, it is a common misconception that ‘mindfulness practice’ is limited to this. What…