People often eat emotions when stressed, rather than experiencing them.

People who struggle with weight often eat emotions. If regulating our eating were simply a matter of will power and some basic knowledge about good nutrition, we’d all be there now! Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work like that. Read more

Adverse Childhood Experiences

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and why should you be aware of them? Simply stated they are traumatic experiences that we have as children. Everyone has some traumatic experience growing up, the loss of a family member, the death of a pet, something. So what? Read more

how to breathe better

“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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Again with the idea: what you don’t know can’t hurt you? This seems to be proving itself wrong time and again for those interested in personal growth. I remember my teacher explaining to us that three important things were preventing us from succeeding in our personal and spiritual growth: our karma, our ignorance, and our fear.
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Takeaway Question:

  1. Which of the stress effects listed in this unit have you noticed in yourself?

Takeaway Questions:

  1. What happens in the brain when stress is present?
  2. How have you felt this or observed this in your own life experience?

Takeaway Questions:

  1. What are the four cornerstones, or quadrants, of emotional intelligence?
  2. Which one do you feel is your strongest cornerstone?

Takeaway Questions:

  1. What is emotional intelligence, in your own words?
  2. What’s the value, FOR YOU, in developing the skill of emotional intelligence?  How would it make your life better in real, tangible ways?