Director: Felix van Groeningen, Screenwriters: Carl Joes and Felix van Groeningen 2012, 112 minutes, Netherlands, Belgium Many people reach out to a therapist when they are facing a crisis or a tragedy and therefore at their most vulnerable. While conflicts and challenges related to religious faith are not at the forefront of my daily work as a clinician, I notice that when a crisis or tragedy relates to matters of life and death, conflicts about religious faith often come into play. Sometimes a parent wants a grieving child to embrace a faith they never em
Imagine that you are Jane. You live in the jungle and life is nice. You have a lovely tree house and you love Tarzan. Yet you know that you want more. Let’s face it: living in the tree, while safe and fun can honestly be a little boring. Your heart tells you that you can explore, learn and embrace the beautiful life around you.
Sometimes we find ourselves on the precipice of a decision and become paralyzed. We hesitate and over-analyze.We want to know how it’s going to turn out. I hate to break it to you, kitten, but nothing in life is certain. If you want to dive into living with your whole heart and live consciously, holding out for certainty is crippling. What I've discovered is that people who lead full lives ditch their need for certainty and have cultivated
Batteries line the kitchen counter next to several flashlights. My husband, Jim, places several matchbooks in my hand in an act of love, instructing me to use them sparingly over the next 24 hours that he'll be gone, then kisses my forehead and makes his way out the front door. A severe storm is on its way, but none of us have any idea what Hurricane Sandy has in store for us.
Therapy and counseling can help couples struggling with their relationships. But a base in faith and spirituality can implement lasting positive change.
Never deny the flow of tears. Studies say that emotional tears contain toxins and releasing them removes such bad chemicals from your body. Whoever studied this phenomenon was right. After my last trip to L.A. (I’m in the process of moving there full-time for good), I spent several days just weeping. Thank God I’m on holidays for the rest of June because I could not stop. Honestly, I didn’t want to. It was time to let the tears really flow.
According to recent studies, people who regularly attend church marry at higher rates, divorce at lower rates, have more children and tend to be more faithful than those who do not. Our expert, a Christian relationship coach, shares her point of view.
Can you remember the things that you used to dream about as a child? Can you close your eyes and visualize the things you spent your childhood thinking about, exploring and daydreaming of? I can! When I close my eyes I vividly see me as a young girl in my bedroom listening to the Jackson 5 on my grandmother’s old stereo and dreaming about being Randy Jackson’s wife the architect/interior designer (Michael Jackson's little brother...Not American Idols Randy Jackson!)
As I write this, there are flurries outside in NYC, and winter just gets me. I don’t know about you, but winter just leaves me curling up in bed with lots of blankets, cranking up the heat, and sipping tea. It is a time that is cozy, comfortable, and reflective. The other day I woke up and I just felt down. I couldn’t explain it or even put it into words; I just wasn’t feeling that great. I usually wake up feeling pretty good about a brand new day that I have to create whatever it is I want.
I tip toe quietly into the deep space within this moment. It expands far beyond my consciousness. I am aware that I feel calm, joy woven with peace today. The excitement of my future is dancing around this present moment. It is like the vastness of this gulf of water I sit beside. I cannot see to the other side, yet I know the goodness of life lives fully over there reflecting my feelings right here and now.
It's happened to the best of us. A friend flakes on you, a coworker fails to make it to happy hour or a sibling simply forgets you had plans. When it comes to people we deal with on a day to day to basis, it can be easier to forgive and forget when it comes to being stood up. But what happens when you are stood up by someone on a first date? Do you allow them the same forgiving courtesy as your friends or do you hold them to a higher standard that comes with sharper penalties?
When I was a kid back in the 60s I was pretty shy, quiet and reserved [not much has changed ☺] and kept pretty much to myself. On Tuesdays in the summertime, I would go with my Dad to the bank to deposit his paycheck. On the drive to the bank we would always pass by a bike shop and to a kid that was like the new car dealer where you could not wait to see all the new ‘rides’. My Dad would have occasion now and again to stop and visit the service department while I happily killed time in the showroom, imagining what it would be like to be the first in the neig
After a lifetime of working on myself, I have made a profound discovery. I have become overly self-sufficient. I trust and believe in myself, but there is something bigger, better and more delicious available and sometimes, my need to be overly independent can compromise that. I am suggesting that there is more to life than trusting ourselves.