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Focusing and Jazz Music

By | 2023-06-28T15:54:51+00:00 June 28th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

I just read this beautiful article featured in the June 2023 newsletter by the International Focusing Institute, where the author Karen Carmeli shares the correlation of jazz music and focusing-oriented therapy (the journey of exploring the felt sense in the body), and offers specific song examples to explore this connection. It really makes me appreciate the [...]

Staying Connected with Your Inner Body

By | 2023-01-25T16:40:49+00:00 January 25th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Recently, I revisited reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, realizing that this time, I received some gems which I missed during my first reading 10+ years ago. The chapter on "The Inner Body" makes many good points about how permanent connected with our inner body will deepen and transform our lives, rapidly. Tolle notes: [...]

Slowing It All Down – and making a “choice”

By | 2023-01-19T20:19:33+00:00 January 19th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

In this day and age, these activities may sound familiar to you... Examples include incessant thinking, thinking, thinking;"following" social media mindlessly; binge watching on Netflix (I've been there); saying "Yes" to everybody's requests of you; running from one appointment to another, or going from one task to another. We just can't stop. We find ourselves reacting [...]

Are you feeling drained?

By | 2021-03-20T23:32:36+00:00 March 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Caroline Myss in her book "Anatomy of the Spirit" writes about "power targets" that draw power from our own energetic field into the target(s). How are we losing power on a daily basis? What are the power objects or people that are draining the life-force from our bodies? We can be tied to a pattern of [...]

The Spaces in Between

By | 2021-04-12T19:15:21+00:00 January 6th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lately, I've been practicing exploring the "spaces in between" such as when there is silence between our words and sentences, or the pause and reflection after taking in someone else's words (that may have triggered me into reaction if not for the pause), or listening in stillness, to what my bodily felt sense is telling me. [...]

Toxify vs Purify

By | 2020-12-15T00:30:48+00:00 December 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

This afternoon at my peer consultation group we discussed we need to be mindful that, because the human body comprises of 60 - 70% water molecules, we have the power to toxify or purify ourselves. Our thoughts (whether positive or negative) have a direct impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing. I invite you to read [...]

Right Brain, Left Brain

By | 2017-12-23T23:26:11+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Check out this amazing and touching Ted Talk by neuroanatomist Joan Bolt Taylor who experienced a blood vessel explosion in her left brain. This talk is entitled "A Stroke of Insight" - it also reinforces for me why modalities such as focusing-oriented therapy propels the work for clients, as it facilitates "moving forward" through our connection [...]

Affairs and Attachment Styles

By | 2017-12-23T08:31:51+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Some couples come into therapy to heal from affairs/infidelity. The process of therapy can shed light into the "root" of the "problem," as affairs are often a symptom of a more deeply-rooted issue. While one party is dealing with grief and loss, as well as shame, the other party may be dealing with intense anger and [...]

Emotions need to be “digested” too

By | 2017-12-23T08:36:29+00:00 November 10th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Just as we "digest" food in our bodies, for good health we also need to "digest" our emotions and feelings. Some of us may have the tendency to sweep feelings under the carpet, or to tell ourselves to "get over it." This build-up of undigested stuff could be contributors to a sense of anxiety and/or depression, [...]

Immigration and Adaptation

By | 2017-12-23T08:36:19+00:00 October 31st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week I presented an "Adaptation to Canada" talk at the "Welcome to Canada" series organized through the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society. When we relocate to a new country or city, many stress factors come into play, i.e. navigating job search; cultural/language differences; new friendships/relationships. In addition, we are grieving the family/relationships, country or city/hometown [...]