The Zen of Solutions

For me, the essential goal of zen is to rest, whether one comes to “rest in not knowing” (which is usually highly stressful for humans) or simply to “rest in acceptance of what is” (also something we humans have a hard time doing). For all but a small percentage living in remote areas, our modern…

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Integrating Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Care for Stress Reduction

Thank you! First of all, I want to thank Pastor Philip Gustafson for his feedback! He will notice that this post is exactly on a topic that is uppermost in his mind, and frankly, something very dear to my heart. And while this blog is not usually about stories, this one is… A Short Story If…

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Stress, Solutions & Happiness Questionnaire

Hi! We are VERY close to finishing our long awaited “Solutions Mastery” course. We have been literally working on this for more than 2 years now… and finally we are going to wrap it up. We will be releasing it late this month or the first few days of October—waaaay after my original hope! This…

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Emotional Life Fitness Magazine

The Emotional Life Fitness (ELF) Magazine is coming soon to the Apple Magazine Stand! Each issue with feature a number of articles around a theme for the month and ALWAYS geared toward “What Works” and “How To.” Keep an eye out for it on the Newsstand!

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New Personal Growth Tool

As a personal growth tool, the Solutions Mastery program is new. As an approach to dealing with life’s sticky problems, it has grown out of more than twenty years of theoretical development, clinical practice and empirical research, largely as an effective form of brief therapy. Bringing it out of the therapist – client context to…

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Redefining Success and Celebrating the Ordinary

I have long resonated with what this recent NYT article expresses. It reminds me of the story of two young Buddhists monks. One monk breathlessly described how his zen master could perform miracles, levitate above the ground, and was never sick a day of his life. The other monk paused, then replied that his teacher…

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Stressed In The USA

Are you one of the 77% stressed in the USA? And not only stressed, but suffering from real physical consequences of your stress? In the following order, these are statistically the top causes according to a recent study.* Job Pressure—Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload Money—Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses Health—Health Crisis, Terminal or…

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Strategies For Dealing With Problems?

Almost everyone faces difficulties, dilemmas and personal disasters in everyday life but how many of us have a strategy for dealing with problems? How many of us occasionally “stumble across” solutions or at best, unconsciously sense things that work a little better. How long would businesses stay in business if they didn’t systematize what works?…

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Post Traumatic Growth

Many of us have heard of Post Traumatic Stress and associated syndromes, but what about post traumatic growth? Can there be positive change as a result of major life crisis? This overview is taken from the University of North Carolina’s website devoted to research and theory on the processes underlying posttraumatic growth. A Brief Oveview…

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A Survey

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