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Archive for December, 2013

Opening the Heart of a Child

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

The following imagery script is part of a blog written for Psychology Today by Imagery Person of the Year for 2012 Dr. Charlotte Reznick.  To see the entire article Opening the Heart of a Child: Cultivating Compassion in Children and Teens Published on December 4, 2012 by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. in The Power of Imagination click HERE.

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Does compassion need to start with oneself?  A profound example is how kids can torture themselves when it comes to body image. At a conference, “It’s Our Turn,” this past February at the private Brentwood School in Los Angeles, Lady Gaga, one of the biggest pop icons of this generation, revealed that she was bulimic in high school, desperate to transform herself from “a voluptuous little Italian girl” to a “skinny little ballerina.”  She couldn’t appreciate her naturally curvaceous body and almost permanently damaged her vocal cords and her health. Through the support of her yoga teacher she announced on The Ellen DeGeneres show, “My yoga teacher … says ‘Please try every day to have 15 minutes of compassionate thoughts by yourself.’” When she added: “Love yourself. Love who you are,” the idea of self-compassion catapulted to her massive fan base.


Repair Rituals for Couples

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Ideally the Holidays come with expectations that often cause tension and conflict.  We are offering these suggestions from Diane Poole Heller and a visit to her wonderful Kind Eyes exercise.  Here are some suggestions from a recent email:

Relationship life is harder than work for most of us – there’s no way around it.

We struggle to find a common ground and to muster up empathy for each other; the good news is, studies suggest that for a good relationship we only need to be in attunement 20% of the time, as long as there is a mutual intent towards repair.

As we find our way back into harmony with one another, we grow our skillfulness. It serves us well to learn how to realign.

Both partners, ideally, should practice repair. It doesn’t matter who goes first.