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Contemplative Psychology: Bringing Awareness and Compassion to Your Life

Today, many therapists practice contemplative psychotherapy which comes out of the wisdom of mindfulness practices and contemplative psychology.  Contemplative psychology is more than just a trendy phrase or popular method of treatment, though. It “addresses the question of how we could intelligently approach and understand human life-experience.”[1] It has heavy roots in Buddhism and Eastern philosophies…

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Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: 3 Keys to Embracing and Connecting to Your Core Values

Low self-esteem—seeing yourself as inadequate, unlovable, or incompetent—creates negative beliefs and thoughts that lead to self-defeating behavior and poor choices. Overcoming low self-esteem involves looking at situations more openly, letting go of “shoulds,” approaching life with less judgment, and having compassion for yourself. One way of doing this is to focus on embracing and connecting…

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Feeling the Feels

As I let myself feel that gratitude well up – both for having the courage to take the leap and for my dogs who bring me so much laughter and joy – I am amazed at my capacity to FEEL. I have this firm belief that our capacity to feel the “hard” feels is equal…

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Gratitude

I am sitting at the dog park as I write my first blog post in earnest. I have *thought* about writing one for awhile. I have even gone so far as to write a list of topic ideas. But I have yet to put pixel to paper and actually start. Until now. Why now? Why…

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