Clean Pain? or Dirty Pain?

Life is a crazy, unpredictable journey of ups and downs.  Pain is a universal experience that we all face at some point.  The trouble is we go to any length to avoid pain, pretend it’s not there: anything to make it vanish.  Based on Buddhist philosophy of samsaras, emotional pain is divided into two groups: 

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Recognizing Inherited Family Trauma

At first glance it seems that what’s occurring in the world is a result of social, political, and environmental imbalance. What’s happening isn’t new. It been handed down from those who came before. It’s an architecture created on imbalance that has built up over generation upon generation of life. Even if it didn’t start with

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Evolving Relationships and Trauma

Relationships can be a fertile ground for our development and transformation. Those who are closest to us, the ones we feel safe and loved with, can create the ideal conditions that allow for new growth. On good days we might look at our partners and say thank you for helping me grow. The days when

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Negotiating Fear and Panic

How do we feel safe again in the world when we are facing stress and anxiety on a global level as we have never seen before? We are in a confusing and destabilizing time. Nobody knows what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, or a couple months from now. What’s it going to look

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Embrace Fear with Love and Compassion

In a blink of an eye the world changed and we entered into a time of major challenge and uncertainty. This moment will eventually pass, but while we are here how do we stay connected while practicing physical distancing or self-isolating? Part of the solution is for us to stay human with one another while

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