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Rebuilding Resilience after Thomas Fire and Mudslide

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Rebuilding Resilience after Thomas Fire and Mudslide

Rebuilding Resilience after Thomas Fire and Mudslide, January 17, 2018 In the seven weeks since the Thomas Fire began, another tragedy befell one of the areas hit by fires in Santa Barbara County, Montecito, as yet another result of the scorched earth Thomas left behind. Mud, water, and boulders came roaring down in a 2-mile stretch onto unsuspecting residents asleep in their home causing total destruction of 100 houses and damage to 300 more. People of all ages died and were injured, and some are still missing. The 101 freeway and surrounding roads are still flooded with thick mud,...

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Grounding through a Root Chakra Poem

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Grounding through a Root Chakra Poem

I am here. I have a strong and stable connection to Mother  Nature and all the Beauty, Light and Sounds she brings to my life here. Through my Root chakra….. read on. Poetry after meditation flows out easily.

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Reality Post-Thomas Fire Settling In

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Reality Post-Thomas Fire Settling In

In other words, for some people, their body, mind and/or emotions can’t let down their guard, yet.  This wears on a person over-time but should eventually go away.  Know that so you don’t get stuck in a negative anxious worried mindset.  If it doesn’t go away, what can you do about it? Talk with someone about all the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. Writing them down journal style also works. Here are 12 more ways to lessen the impact as reality and the new year sets in….

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How to Use Neuroplasticity to Heal Emotions Post-Fire

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How to Use Neuroplasticity to Heal Emotions Post-Fire

Chaining happens in our thinking, emotional, and physical responses and establishes itself in our brain’s firing and habit formation (hardwiring). This is your neuroplasticity at work.  This can be a negative or a positive for you. How can we make what’s occurring in your brain now, post-fire, a positive use of neuroplastic functions?

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Surviving the Fires – Emotional Changes

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Surviving the Fires – Emotional Changes

Are you a survivor of the forest fires ravaging Ventura county and moving into Santa Barbara county, California?  What emotional changes are normal at this point in the fires and what can you do to gain your balance back as quickly as possible? If so, this information is for you, written as a psychologist.  What to do and not to do right now. That said, I took notes as I went through it myself this week, evacuating as I saw the flames not far from my home. 

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The Bird’s Eye View

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The Bird’s Eye View

So if you find yourself perilously close to the edge of falling (perhaps a new year brings this feeling about), take a bird’s eye view; get some distance and calm yourself from within and realize what you are grateful for in this moment. If the bammm comes anyway, make a choice to react or to respond. Either takes seconds.
In mindfulness-based therapy, you’ll learn tools, including meditation, and how to view your life from a different point of view, leaving you free to fly to new horizons without fear of falling.

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How to Make Trustworthy Decisions

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How to Make Trustworthy Decisions

You learn to trust your own experience when you accept the present as it is. This is the foundation of trustworthy decisions.

No matter the outcome of being present, cultivating awareness is worth it. I don’t know another way to inform myself and build trust in my decision-making process. I know the ways that numb, misinform, hurt, distort and lead me astray. Perhaps you know those ways, too. Let me tell you about a mindful way to make decisions.

To begin, develop awareness of the moment as it is, without adjusting or judging the impact. Stay neutral as you take in what is presenting itself in your field of consciousness.

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Who lives to be 100 years old?

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Who lives to be 100 years old?

As a holistic psychologist, I am fascinated and uplifted by what I’ve learned over the years about how we can, through choices we make each day, assist in bringing about good mental and physical health. Drawing from studies of people over 100 years old (63,000 of them) it’s mostly lifestyle choices and stress management that make the difference, @ 70%. Enjoy this 13 minute interview of a 96 year old woman who exemplifies what the centenarian studies found. She begins the interview talking about her mindset. Take note!

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Food Cures for Mood Purrs

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Food Cures for Mood Purrs

I’ve been learning and teaching that what we eat affects how we feel, think and behave in a substantial way. Change what you eat and you change; your moods, anxiety level, impulsivity, problem solving ability, get up and go, fatigue levels, sleep patterns, and on and on. Each person will have certain foods and food categories (like all cow dairy products) they simply can not tolerate or digest and these must be discovered and eliminated. Other foods are just bad for the body for everyone. The right foods for you are like a cure and your moods will purr along like a happy kitty does when content.

Psychonutrition is a burgeoning field and I for one am thrilled that the establishment is finally seeing the truth and doing something about it.

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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as Therapy Tools

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You’ve probably wondered why I use and teach mindfulness and self-compassion in therapy. Or if you’re new to my blog you might be wondering how they relate to the services I provide. Although I couldn’t possibly write everything about it now, here I talk about it in a way that could help you begin to see the way they can release your long-held emotional pain. Or if you have learned to numb out instead of feeling it and they will help you feel alive again.

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