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Developing Shame Resilience: Part 3

Developing Shame Resilience: Part 3
When we don’t reach out to others, we allow them AND ourselves to sit alone in our shame, and by doing so we feed shame two of the ingredients it needs to survive: silence and secrecy. Using shame to fight shame doesn’t work. And using shame as a tool to try and change others doesn’t work, either. We can, however, all benefit from shared empathy. Empathy is what helps extinguish shame in its tracks.

13 Reasons Why I Should Be Here

13 Reasons Why I Should Be Here
The second season of “13 Reasons Why” has been out for a few months now and it got me thinking about making my own positive version of this list. ...

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Protection of our children from the risks of sexual and physical violation is a topic which needs to be discussed more openly.   Protection of young children is the number one priority of any society.   April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The aim of this month is to create widespread awareness […]

Fears, And My First Weekend Of Yoga Teacher Training

Fears, And My First Weekend Of Yoga Teacher Training
This past weekend was my first step in a 9 month stretchy, spiritual and transformative journey through Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training.    There are some truly amazing and inspirational women in my “Yoga Trainee Tribe” and I feel so blessed and honored to share this time and space with them.   But I have a […]

Domestic Violence – lets build awareness and prevention

Domestic Violence – lets build awareness and prevention
“Has he ever trapped you in a room and not let you out? Has he ever raised a fist as if he were going to hit you? Has he ever thrown an object that hit you or nearly did? Has he ever held you down or grabbed you to restrain you? Has he ever shoved, poked, or grabbed you? Has […]

Therapy – lets break the stigma down

Therapy – lets break the stigma down
If I go to a therapist, does that mean I’m crazy, weak or a failure?   What will others think? What if I’m seen coming out of that kind of office?   Such concerns are quite natural given our socio-cultural conditioning. Unfortunately, as a result, many people decide not to pursue therapy despite experiencing significant […]

Suicide – lets build awareness and prevention

Suicide – lets build awareness and prevention
Suicide.   It’s not a fun or pretty topic.   It’s taboo, and downright terrifying to talk about, or hear a friend or loved one think about suicide.   Or possibly you’ve entertained those thoughts.   As uncomfortably, scary, and awkward as it feels, it’s IMPERATIVE for suicide to be discussed no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, social class, […]

Bullying – Let’s Build Awareness and prevention

Bullying – Let’s Build Awareness and prevention
January is one of the most depressing months of the year.   If you deal with depression year round, then today is just another day to get through.   But for millions of people who are generally happy, and don’t struggle with mental illnesses  – today might STILL be the day you wished you stayed […]

If I posted sexy pictures, I would get like, 1000 more likes…

If I posted sexy pictures, I would get like, 1000 more likes…
1.44 Billion.   No, that’s not the amount Star Wars raked in opening weekend, or the number of cheeseburgers served by McDonalds in a day.   That’s the number of Active Facebook users currently. Along with 300 Million Instagram users, and 284 Million Twitter users. (thanks, Google).   We’re engulfed with it.   At first, […]

Self Care is Selfless

Self Care is Selfless
“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” -Lucille Ball   Winter is coming.   It’s the most Wonderful time of the year, according to the classic tune of Andy Williams.   The upcoming months are filled with holiday cheer, hot cocoa, […]

‘Tis the Season… for Gratitude

‘Tis the Season… for Gratitude
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” ― Oprah Winfrey   Thanksgiving.   Synonymous with Gratitude, and being Thankful. By now, most of us have heard that grateful people are happier, healthier and generally more fulfilled.   For a lot […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
“Has he ever trapped you in a room and not let you out? Has he ever raised a fist as if he were going to hit you? Has he ever thrown an object that hit you or nearly did? Has he ever held you down or grabbed you to restrain you? Has he ever shoved, poked, or grabbed you? Has […]