I find myself thinking a lot about habit-patterns of energy. I am deeply interested in the habit-patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that humans develop around trauma, stress, and pain. I want to know how those habit-patterns grow and develop and often end up sabotaging our lives, and I seek to understand the process of moving out of those habit-patterns and ultimately developing a new, whole identity. You see, I believe that our habit-patterns are indicative of a fracture, a Soul Loss, if you will. [Read more…] about Habit-Patterns – A Lost Soul’s Magic
My Child Self has been scared recently…
Lately, my Creative Heart has been longing to write stories. I’ve always written, but over the past 30 years or so, most of my writing has been non-fiction – either work- or education-related. I started writing fiction again at the beginning of the year by entering the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. I enjoyed it immensely, and though I didn’t place, I loved my story. Despite all the positive emotions I felt, my writing practice fell apart. I entered a couple more, small contests, wrote daily for about a month, and slowly started the process of stopping. [Read more…] about Child’s Fear, Adult’s Sabotage
Learning to Yes…And your scene partner is one of the first lessons you learn if you take an Improv class. It is the foundation upon which any improv scene is built. This might seem like an easy trick. I mean, improv scenes are generally short, maybe 2 to 3 minutes unless you’re doing a longer mono-scene, and improv is a hobby, right? It’s not REAL life. It should be easy to do the little, inconsequential Yes…And trick while playing make-believe. Uh-huh. Guess what. It’s not.
Saying, “yes…and” rather than “no” and “but” can help you open your life to more juiciness, but it takes practice. For most of us, “no” and “but” are autopilot responses, and we need to be very conscious to counteract the habit.
There are so many places that are actually Schools. There are so many messages that are actually lessons — if we are open and willing to be students.
In addition to being a therapist and life coach, I am also a theatrical improviser. I play pretend on stage every other weekend or so, coach a team, and am training to teach improv at a local theatre. It’s a big part of my life, and the longer I practice, the more I see improv lessons as life lessons. [Read more…] about Speak Your Feels
Here’s some transparency.
Sometimes I get busy. It starts innocently enough. I need to take a new client on a day that I usually reserve for me-time, or more likely, at least in my case, I decide to take a class – something that will just be a couple hours once a week for a couple months. That’s how I look at it. It’s just a little time for a while. Then, when I’m not looking, I get a new client. Then a really cool opportunity to work with a certain group pops up, and again, it’s only a little time for a little while. In the middle of that little while, something else pops up. I tell myself, “well, this other thing that I’ve already been doing for a bit will be over in a few minutes, hours or days, and then this new thing that I added won’t be anything big at all. It’ll just be another a little time for a little while.
And on and on and on. [Read more…] about Falling Into Busy