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Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2015’

Successful Relationships

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series successful Relationships

Without our own understanding of self, of who we are, and what makes us unique, it is difficult to engage in the process of an ongoing relationship in a way that functions smoothly and enhances each of the partners. We need a sense of self in order to clearly communicate our needs and desires to our partner. When we have …

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Mindfulness Exercise

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

Try a Simple Mindfulness Exercise and Learn to Slow Down First, before we begin, check out how much stress you are feeling now, and place it on a ten-point scale. For example, your stress might be at a five or an eight on the scale. (You may want to have a friend or family member read the instructions below out …

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Overcome Stress, Pace Yourself

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

Some Steps to Taking Ownership of Your Time – Take a periodic review of what is important in your life. Reflect on how you have spent the past month or year, what you have accomplished, and how it fits into what you want in your life. What is really important in your life? What do you value most? You may …

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Rhythms, Stability and Health

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

An Awareness of Time: A New Relationship With Time Like all things natural, our bodies have internal rhythms. There are times during the day, or even the month, or the year, when we do things well, quickly, and easily. We have spurts of energy when we are at our best. And there are other times when our bodies cry out …

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Pace, Priorities & Purpose

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Pace, Prioroties & Purpose

An Awareness of Time and Purpose When we get right down to it, we have to draw one inescapable conclusion: time is our most important asset. And like most assets, there never seems to be enough of it. There are always so many things to do, so many pressures, so many things to keep track of. Our lives seem to …

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Counseling & Military Families

San Diego is home to thousands of soldiers. The incidence of acute depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse is rapidly increasing for those in the military. In addition research shows that marriages and families are some of the unspoken casualties of war (Chan, Cole, & Davila, 2005). Multiple deployments cause continued and repeated separation. Spouses end up having to …

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Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflicts and disagreements are unavoidable. As long as relationships exist, conflicts and disagreements will always be part of them. As soon as you put two human beings together, you have two cultures, two backgrounds, two frame of reference, two mindset, two families of origin, two ways of doing things etc Depending of the family of origin and even the culture …

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A Relationship Killer

One of the patterns I have noticed in the couples I have been working with lately is that they engage in judgment and condemnation instead of expressing their feelings. The scenario typically goes like this: One partner does or says something hurtful to the other but the hurt one does not own his/her feelings neither communicates sensibly about them but …

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Depression & Rumination

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Depression & Rumination

Emerge from Rumination over the Long Run Although the techniques we have reviewed work in the short run, rumination may return during times of stress or when a crisis comes into your life. Let’s look at some ways to replace the old ruminative pattern with more positive approaches. Adopting these strategies, which will take time and can be learned with …

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Depression & Ruminative Thoughts

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Depression & Rumination

I’ve been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer But my breath fogged up the glass And so I drew a new face and I laughed. – Jason Mraz, Overcoming Rumination Rumination is an elusive experience. People who tend to dwell on negative thoughts get caught …

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