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New Year, New Hope

New Years beckons change and with it, new hope. But how do we make it last?? Transition times, like New Years, are often times of introspection. We take stock of where we are, where we have come and where we want to go. And this self reflection is really important. The more we know about…

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What Else Could Be True Here?

Grace here. This is one of my all time favorite questions. I am going to have to get a little theoretical with you to tell you why, so bear with me for a minute when I get there. But first, a little story.   I had an experience when I was about 16 that left…

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Keep Your Heart Open

NOTE: I wrote this blog post before the death of George Floyd and the resulting heightened awareness of the racial inequalities in our society. While the words of this blog speak specifically to the experience of the pandemic, I encourage you to think about how you are attending to your heart around all of it. …

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We Are Here To Love

Patti here. What strange and unsettling times these are. They have dropped us into our greatest fears and left us with deep uncertainty.     But they could also lead us away from these fears and take us toward the spaciousness of compassion.    We are advised to socially distance ourselves for the sake of our…

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Responding to COVID-19

Steve here. I sent an expanded version of this information to my practice and I wanted to make sure you all have this info too.    COVID-19 is the name given to the disease caused by a new strain of corona virus named SARS-CoV-2. There are many different kinds of corona viruses and most cause…

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How to Make Yourself More Resilient

Have you ever had one of THOSE days…you know, the bad kind where everything comes flying straight at you fast and furious with NO end in sight. Problems keep popping up every which way. You try to stay on top of things but it just doesn’t work.  You lose your cool, getting more and more…

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Stop, Look, Listen

We heard those words a million times when we were kids, usually in relationship to being safe when crossing the street. But what if we could use those words now to help us live better as adults? STOP When you’re about to start something new When you’re feeling overwhelmed When you’re feeling tense When you’re…

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Vulnerability Hangover

Patti here. Have you ever had that experience where you open up and share of yourself and then afterwards you feel, well, kind of emotionally hungover? Kristen Neff and Chris Germer of The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion call it backdraft (like what happens in a fire when you open a door). Grace calls it a…

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