Reflections on a Poem: A Guest Post

Reflections on a Poem: A Guest Post

Monday, February 06, 2017

Barbara at the Windhorse Center

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  1. A quick guide to therapeutic free writing
    28 Aug, 2017
    A quick guide to therapeutic free writing
    When most of us write we have goals and objectives: We are sharing something on Facebook, we are e-mailing for work, we are trying to finish a report. Free writing is the polar opposite of all of this. It is directionless, goalless, and entirely for you. It allows your mind to unwind onto the page and provides an excellent window into your inner thoughts as they exist at this moment. In a therapeutic context, it is an excellent way to de-stress and take a look at what is actually going on in
  2. 01 Mar, 2017
    On the Tyranny of Shoulds'
    On the Tyranny of Shoulds Shoulds represent our internalized ideas of who we should be, how we should act, what we should experience, and what our life should be like. They are rigid internal rules which we apply widely, even in situations where they are irrelevant, painful or unhelpful. Although there are adaptive shoulds­­––such as “you should brush your teeth”––the vast majority of our shoulds do not reflect who we are and how we want to live our lives. Shoulds are also where we can see our
  3. Mindfulness can be boring
    18 Jan, 2017
    Mindfulness can be boring
    Mindfulness can be boring. If there’s one thing you can say about our inner processes, it is that they are absorbing. Take a moment and reflect on your thoughts. Most of us spend a lot of time playing out the stories in our heads. Most of the time we are not aware of what stories we are acting out. We often believe them without taking the time to stop and examine them. Today, I had a chance to practice what I teach. I found myself in the midst of an exciting mental narrative that, as gripping
  4. Surviving the Holidays
    14 Dec, 2016
    Surviving the Holidays
    The Holidays can be a tough time of year. For those of us who are spending the Holidays with family, we have to manage all sorts of things. Those closest to us are often the last to see how we’ve changed. This is probably most true of family. On top of the fact that they may only see us as who we used to be, it is easy to slide back into old patterns that we’ve outgrown. Then there are all the mundane worries and stressors: we may hold different political views, we may view life differently, or

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