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How to (Really) Listen

How to (Really) Listen The first duty of love is to listen. – Paul Tillich Failures to listen are endemic to our species. The most common complaint from parents who bring their children to me for counseling is that “they … Continue reading

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Keep Your Sanity with the Personal Craziness Index

Keep Your Sanity with the Personal Craziness Index To stay sane in an insane world, we need more than new tools and techniques. To maintain sanity, we also have to keep doing the things that got us there. The final … Continue reading

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Three Ways to Mix Mindfulness into Your Life

Three Ways to Mix Mindfulness into Your Life At the risk of stating the obvious, in order for Balancer to keep us balanced, it’s helpful to do activities that explicitly promote … balance. Mindfulness-based activities are at the top of the … Continue reading

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Handling Change, Part I: Radical Acceptance and Self-Compassion

Handling Change, Part I: Radical Acceptance and Self-Compassion Emotional adaptability is the ability to respond to changing circumstances and events without being unduly shaken by these changes. It’s a Balancer characteristic and a key component of resilience. Those of us … Continue reading

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Handling Change, Part II: Forgiveness and Self-Forgiveness

Handling Change, Part II: Forgiveness and Self-Forgiveness   Forgiveness and Self-Forgiveness Like acceptance and compassion, the ability to forgive ourselves and others can free us from what Romantic poet William Blake called “mind-forged manacles” – in this case, feelings such … Continue reading

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Handling Change, Part III: Creative Approach and Experimental Attitude

Handling Change, Part III: Creative Approach and Experimental Attitude       Creative Approach Creative activities – and the creative approach to life that often accompanies them – can also help us become more emotionally adaptable. Creative activities are rewarding … Continue reading

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How to Boost Connections and Support

How to Boost Connections and Support For most of us, UnBalancer flourishes when we’re isolated. We are social animals, and separation from others weakens our ability not only to thrive, but sometimes even to survive. Ostracism – being ignored and … Continue reading

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How to Rebalance Your Brain in 3 Easy Steps

How to Rebalance Your Brain in 3 Easy Steps One of the most powerful resilience-building, Balancer-enhancing strategies is to consciously look for growth opportunities in experiences – to seek the silver lining in the cloud. Looking for the growth opportunity in … Continue reading

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Balancer: Build Your Resilience in 6 Steps

Build Your Resilience in 6 Steps   In recent posts, I’ve talked mostly about ReBalancer, the force that kicks in when our default stabilizer, Balancer, gets thrown out of whack by the UnBalancer. ReBalancer handles out-of-the ordinary stresses, but ReBalancer … Continue reading

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Transmigration of Flower Mandala essence

Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Facebook and Share 52 Flower Mandalas on Twitter More soon on the topic of transforming the essence of one type of art into another, but both the therapist and the artist in me wanted to convey a personal … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: White Daisy I, B&W

White Daisy I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A local daisy that seemed perfect to me, abstracted and converted to black and white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the “15 Flower … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Dandelion VII, B&W

Dandelion VII, B&W. Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A dandelion, somewhat elevated (I hope), and converted to black and white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the “15 Flower Mandalas” screensaver (Windows only): … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy VI

Pale Yellow Gerbera Daisy VI, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A Gerbera Daisy, taken last summer, converted to B&W. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the “15 Flower Mandalas” screensaver (Windows only): … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Sea Fig I, B&W

Sea Fig I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A Sea Fig, taken in St. Petersburg, Florida, a couple of springs ago. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Sunflower Moulin Rouge VII, swirled, B&W

Sunflower Moulin Rouge VII, swirled, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A sunflower from a garden around the corner, at the end of last summer. Converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page … Continue reading

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Flower Mandalas: Tulip ‘Peach Blossom’ II, B&W and Color

Tulip Peach Blossom II, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder Tulip Peach Blossom II, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A complex tulip from a garden around the corner. Converted to black-and-white as well as the original color image. More anon, … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Red Dahlia III

Red Dahlia III, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A dramatic Red Dahlia, taken in Rockport, MA, last summer, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ I, B&W

Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A lovely Rudbeckia, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): Fifteen Flower Mandalas © … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Violet Dahlia I, B&W

Violet Dahlia I, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A dahlia from a garden in Rockport, MA, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): … Continue reading

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Flower Mandala: Violet Cosmos II, B&W

Violet Cosmos II, B&W, Copyright 2011 David J. Bookbinder A cosmos from around the corner, converted to black-and-white. More anon, -David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas page Request the 15 Flower Mandalas screensaver (Windows only): Fifteen Flower … Continue reading

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