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Mindfulness

Stepping Back with Awareness

Waking up is not an end to our neuroses, it just puts an end to them being a personal obstacle that must be overcome. – Joan Tollifson Oftentimes, we get rigidly tied to a definition of self. That definition could be positive in the case of “I am an attractive person” or negative in the case of “I am dumb

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Compassion

The Stable Ground of Self-Compassion

Be a Compassionate Mess. Kristen Neff Have you ever had that person in your life whom you can tell loved you just by the way he or she looked at you? They can be almost embarrassingly doting at times, but when you are in their presence, all your rough edges feel a little smoother. Why is it so hard for

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Anxiety

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.  Serenity Prayer A while back, a client told me, “I’m not sure if I’m cured.” He said this after having made major changes in his life. He had stopped destructive tendencies and started healthier

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Men's Happiness

Why Modern Man is Unhappy & What He Can Do About It Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we talked about the struggle that our hunter-gatherer brains have in making sense of this modern world. At every turn, there seems to be a shiny object that we have been led to believe will be the silver bullet that brings contentment, but so often we are left with disappointment and

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Men's Happiness

Why Modern Man is Unhappy & What He Can Do About It Part 2

In Part 1, we dove into the predicament in which modern man finds himself. He has played by the rules and the game has let him down. What society has told him would make him happy, in fact has left him disillusioned, disconnected and discontented. So let’s examine what could have gone wrong. We are hunter-gatherers living in a world

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Men's Happiness

Why Modern Man is Unhappy & What He Can Do About It Part 1

Imagine being told your whole life that there is a very specific playbook that, if followed, will bring happiness in the game of life. Nothing to worry about, right? Follow the playbook and you’re good. Well, you follow the playbook to a tee. It takes decades. It’s not easy. It involves sacrifice, but there is gold at the end of

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