Comparing our work and ourselves to others may be natural in our competitive culture, but it can be very self-limiting – perhaps especially for creative people. Self-compassion researcher Kristin Neff notes “Being average is unacceptable. We have to be special and above average to feel we have any worth at all.” Elaine Aron, a psychologist and […]
The animated movie “Inside Out” tells the story of a young girl, Riley, who has to leave her familiar Midwest life behind when her family moves to San Francisco. Characters depict her primary emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – and the inner conflicts they cause her, as well as her parents. [See […]
“Perpetrators are shameless. And they put their toxic shame onto their victims, which we then internalize and carry around with us.” Those comments are by Ashley Judd in an ABC News interview in 2017 about her sexually abusive confrontation with then producer Harvey Weinstein. Thankfully there has been a dramatic increase in awareness of people […]
“The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That’s guaranteed. I can’t begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else.” Pat in Silver Linings Playbook, 2012. The movie was adapted for the screen by director David O. Russell, based on the novel The Silver Linings Playbook (2008) by Matthew […]
Why bother with meditation? Aren’t we too busy trying to get stuff done?
“My morning meditation is like taking a shower for my brain.” Emily Fletcher
What do you think meditation is? Maybe a retreat into nature by yourself? That, of …