The Problem Thinking is the both the most powerful and by far the most destructive ability possessed by the human species. We constantly find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of pointless thought. Why pointless? Because studies have shown that over 90% of our thoughts are repetitive and even worse, these thoughts are typically negative.… Continue reading Freedom From Thinking
The name of this blog; People Finding Purpose is a bit deceiving because it suggests that purpose exists someplace in the future. However, when we look towards the future we run the risk of making ourselves anxious, angry and disappointed. Purpose can be found in the here and now simply by acknowledging your intention for… Continue reading Embracing the Now
As young children we are guided by our parents, caretakers and teachers to learn, grow and expand our cognitive abilities. We learn through modeling, direction and trial and error. Most of us became accustomed to practice, repetition, testing and positive reinforcement. We have learned that it is “good” to succeed and “bad” to fail. And… Continue reading You May Be Expecting Perfection and Not Even Know It
What was your intention when you woke up today? Did you even have an intention? If you’re like most people, then your initial thoughts or self talk probably included a “have to.” “I have to get up,” I have to get a shower,” “I have to go to the gym,” “I have to get the kid’s lunches… Continue reading Setting You Daily Intention(s)
College counseling centers have been recently overwhelmed with a ever increasing number of students seeking mental health services. Two such issue that appears to be gaining prevalence are increased anxiety and panic related disorders. Let’s face it, college can be stressful, but have the pressures and demands of higher education really increased that much? My answer would be… Continue reading Perfection and The 21st Century College Student
The Power of Equanimity “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” Carl Jung What was Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung… Continue reading The Power of Equanimity
I Am Not My Diagnosis The same holds true when we attempt to identify ourselves based on certain qualities of our personality or descriptions of our physical form or the state of our physical form. Illness and disability are specific areas in this world of form that we have overused labels so much that we… Continue reading I Am Not My Diagnosis
It seems that smartphones and other devices have redefined and expanded the ways in which we distract ourselves. How many times have you found yourself endlessly scrolling through Facebook or playing just one more level of Candy Crush instead of actually being engaged in life? Electronic devices aren’t our only forms of distraction; eating, drugs,… Continue reading The Cost Of Avoidance
Why is it so important for us to be right? We want to be right in our relationships with our significant other, our friends and co-workers. We see battles of “right and wrong” play out in politics, religion and on the world stage. We talk over each other, offend, react in anger and turn towards… Continue reading I am RIGHT and You are WRONG!
How important is that voice in your head? You know, the one that is constantly chattering away with worries, the replaying of scenarios (real and imagined), judgments/criticisms, what you should have said and what you’d like to say? The answer may be surprising and not easily agreed upon, but simply put, your mind is producing… Continue reading How Do You Talk To Yourself?