On the Tyranny of Shoulds'

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Jerome Myerson

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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. Reflections on a Poem: A Guest Post
    06 Feb, 2017
    Reflections on a Poem: A Guest Post
    The bud stands for all things, even those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing, though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness, to put a hand on the brow of the flower, and retell it in words and in touch, it is lovely until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing.  —Galway Kinnell We all forget, at times, our loveliness. We forget why and how to care for ourselves. And we definitely forget about flowering from within. This
  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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