Learning the Art of Emotional Alchemy

Learning the Art of Emotional Alchemy

Our emotions bring us a tremendous amount of passion and power.  They give us invaluable information about our underlying universal human needs and are a source of vitality, aliveness, and connection for ourselves and others. Embracing the fullest range of...
What to Do When You’re Triggered

What to Do When You’re Triggered

One of the biggest threats to conscious, compassionate connection is when our old-brain defensive mechanisms kick in.  Once activated, these ancient survival systems run roughshod over our good intentions. Whatever strategies and skills we’ve been cultivating to...

Getting Harshness Out of Our Lives

“There is nothing that harshness does, that loving firmness doesn’t do better.” –Terry RealDespite my best intentions to be loving and kind, when I get scared, hurt, or activated, my reactions tend to become more forceful. I raise my voice. I get more...
Nurturing Compassion

Nurturing Compassion

The way we are spoken to as children becomes the way we speak to ourselves and others as adults, but as we become more aware of how we both think and speak habitually, we also develop more choice and creativity about who we want to be today. When we soften our heated...