When The Mind Causes Pain

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Susan, a 40-year-old school teacher, was suffering from daily headaches, neck pains, shoulder pains, chronic feelings of tension and sleepless nights. After performing a number of diagnostic tests and a thorough examination, Susan’s physician informed her that her X-rays, blood tests and MRI indicated she had no physical problems. Yet Susan’s pain was very real. […]


Our Need For A Witness

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My sister called, sounding like some sort of emergency was in progress. Turns out, she wants me to come help her decide how to arrange the furniture in her new kitchen. She and her husband just bought their first house and we helped them move in over the weekend. Ok, I’m wondering before I go […]


Trusting And Honoring Your Feelings

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Do you trust your feelings and take action for yourself based on your feelings? Many of us grew up learning to mistrust our feelings. “Don’t be ridiculous,” my mother often said to me when I asked her why she was angry. “I’m not angry,” she would say with anger in her voice. “Don’t be ridiculous” […]


Starting The Path To A Spiritual Journey

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A spiritual path is easy to miss because it is subtle. It is a path to your higher consciousness with fuller awareness. Upon entering the spiritual path, you will begin to change your perceptions and see new interpretations of reality. You will learn to heal yourself from the conditioning of childhood, societal mores and traditional […]


Five Steps To Stop Procrastinating And Achieve Your Goals Today

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The two rules of procrastination: 1) Do it today. 2) Tomorrow will be today tomorrow. Vincent T. Foss Susan Daley was a successful entrepreneur selling promotional products. She enjoyed making decent money while having the flexibility to work at home. Susan recently took over a colleague’s account, a huge growth opportunity. So why did she […]


Fear Of Commitment

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In my counseling work, I often work with clients who have a deep fear of commitment. These individuals generally say that they want to be in a loving relationship, yet they keep picking “the wrong people.” Susan, 38, sought my help because she was in two relationships at the same time. This didn’t feel right […]


Baggage Handling And Not The Kind You Take On Vacation

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My friend Susan, a beautiful, intelligent and successful professional single, recently announced that her tumultuous 6-month relationship was over. “He’s got too much baggage and I don’t know how to handle it”, she explained over a skinny decaf latte at our weekly hangout session. So how much baggage is too much, and when do we […]


Living In Mexico Fight Well Love Better

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Though a conservative, I read liberal points of view. I do so for two reasons. One, their views help me refine my own. The second reason is that I owe it to “the other side” to be able to fairly and accurately characterize their position on an issue with which I take exception. Not to […]