Have we lost our ability to connect?

Sad, but true… As sad as this is, it’s also very true. The irony of it, though, is that the need and desire for social connection — to interact, to listen to and to be heard by others — is innate in all of us.  We want to connect and we want to be heard! But unfortunately, it seems we’ve lost our ability to listen. Really listen. We’ve become a very fast-paced, impatient society of immediate gratification. We’ve lost our ability to be fully present, whether in a conversation, or Continue reading

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It’s time we change the way we look at ADHD!

IT’S TIME WE CHANGE THE WAY WE LOOK AT ADHD! Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows that I’m not a fan of labels. Ironic, right? As an “ADHD” specialist, it’s a constant struggle for me in finding the right balance in using the “label” ADHD (which is of course necessary for treatment) and neurological difference and diversity, what I refer to as “brain type.” While I absolutely believe that ADHD is real, I struggle with the term Attention Deficit Disorder, for a number of reasons. First, Continue reading

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The Blame Game

You, and only you, are responsible for your life. Every choice you make creates your reality. We don’t always have control over the situation, but what we can control is how we respond. In each situation, we’re given 3 choices. We can blame others for the pain, the grief or the sorrow that we’re experiencing. We are victim to their behaviors. We can blame ourselves for our own poor choices that led to this pain and suffering. We can become angry with ourselves for making such stupid choices. The third Continue reading

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Why There’s More Anger in the World and What You Can do About it

There is a saying, “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” Photo by Leland Francisco I find that lately, there’s a lot of anger in the world. All you have to do is dial into social media to feel people’s wrath! In so many different ways they seem to be shouting, “I’m right! You’re wrong!” Not only is it apparent that people are unwilling to accept another’s point of view, they’re also unwilling Continue reading

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The Monkey and the Banana

In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn tells a story of how farmers in India would catch monkeys that were destroying their crops. Because they practiced compassion, shooting or killing the monkeys was not an option. They had to find a way to capture the monkey, and then return it to the jungle. After observing the monkeys, one farmer found a way. He cut a small hole in a coconut, just big enough so that the monkey could slide its hand through. He put a banana inside the coconut, Continue reading

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Is it true that people do the best that they can?

Is it true that people do the best that they can? Well, I believe it is. Now, before you hit delete, hear me out. Our actions are merely a byproduct of our thoughts, our emotions, our level of energy. Yes, we are certainly capable of, and can change our actions, but we first have to make a shift in how we think. So, when someone says (and yes, I’ve heard this countless times in response to my “they’re doing the best they can”), “But what about the person sitting on the couch, watching tv, Continue reading

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Just for Today, I will listen to Paul McCartney

There may not be an answer, but I will listen   This morning I had a rather aggravating “encounter” (let’s call it). I had done a meditation earlier in the morning on letting go, and was really working on releasing any tension and negative thoughts that I had. Going into the meditation, I was ruminating about a situation that was really bothering me. So doing this Letting Go meditation was definitely what I needed. When I finished, I really felt so much more relaxed and at ease than I had when I Continue reading

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