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On Awakening AA: An Ironclad Step 11 Meditation (PDF Included)

On Awakening AA…11th step in the Big Book The following three meditations are taken directly from pages 86-87 in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are simple, yet rich with spiritual brilliance.  Spiritual work is always saturated with simplicity. It’s our intellectual minds that interrupt this very uncomplicated process.  The main idea behind these … Read More

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A Summary of Nonviolent Communication: How to Speak Like a Zen Master

A Summary of Nonviolent Communication: A Needs-Centric Paradigm Nonviolent communication (NVC) is a powerful approach to interpersonal relationships that helps foster understanding, compassion, and mutual respect.  It goes beyond just being polite or diplomatic – it’s about genuinely connecting with others by focusing on the core values and needs that we all share.  Through NVC, … Read More

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What is Emotion-Focused Therapy? (EFT) A Guide to Feelings Fixers

What is Emotion-Focused Therapy? An Introduction Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach that helps individuals better understand, experience, and manage their emotions to improve their overall mental well-being.  Don’t confuse this with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a model that focuses almost exclusively on meridian tapping points rather than what is traditionally understood as … Read More

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DBT Urge Surfing Worksheet (Distress Tolerance)

DBT Urge Surfing Worksheet…skills in distress tolerance No, it’s not about donning your spiffy wetsuit and hitting the ocean to catch some gnarly waves. But surprise, surprise – you’re still surfing! Dialectical Behavior Therapy’s (DBT) “Urge Surfing” is a technique used to navigate and master the gnarly waves of our unruly desires and urges. Just … Read More

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Abnormal Psychology: Normal, Whatever That Means 

Diving into the world of abnormal psychology might seem like a daunting task. We’ve got your back with this simplified summary that’s easier to digest.  Abnormal psychology aims to study, describe, and understand abnormal patterns of behavior, cognition, and emotions that can lead to maladaptive conditions.  In other words, it helps us figure out when … Read More

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A Summary of Internal Family Systems Therapy: Your Inner Voices Host a Party (Worksheet Included)

A Summary of Internal Family Systems: A Theater Production Diving into the world of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy can be quite an engaging journey. Picture it as a theater production in which you’re both the star and the director. IFS helps address and resolve emotional wounds by understanding the conflicting “parts” within a person. … Read More