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NOTES ABOUT PERFECTIONISM

 
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali
Perfectionists tend to hold very high standards for themselves and their loved ones. They tend to visualize an ultimate successful outcome and excel at mobilizing all of their resources to move towards their chosen goal(s). While this can be a wonderful and […]

HOLIDAY HEART CHAKRA CHECK-IN

Holidays are supposed to be a joyful family time, but for many people they are not. If before the holidays you feel the need to protect your heart, here is an exercise for you:

What are my benefits right now from keeping my heart/heart chakra closed?
What am I losing right now by keeping […]

THE WANTING EXERCISE

All we are really yearning for are internal states, and the externals (jobs, cars, houses, relationships, body weight) are just tangible, easily visualized goals (think the loud and flashy TV commercials) that we hope will deliver the internal states. There is nothing wrong with wanting a car, but it is good to have a […]

WORRIED ABOUT EXPERIENCING ANXIETY?

Worry leads to anxiety, and at some point it may be hard to stop worrying and thinking about everything that may go wrong. If you are worried about your … worries, and would like to know to what degree anxiety has become a problem in your life, complete a self-assessment questionnaire from this helpline […]

YOU ARE NOT YOUR MIND

 

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, it is not so much that you use your mind wrongly – you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. […]

MINDFUL CRAFTS

 

Mindful crafts kits are now available on Etsy. As a psychotherapist and a crafter I am a deep believer in the healing power of loving attention. The peace and joy we feel when we craft or interact with items made with attention and love. In big cities we spend time interacting with disposable items. It […]

JOY, REGARDLESS!

Have a joyful holidays! Do take a break from everything that is not the way we wish it would be. From all the hurt around the world and in your life this year. From all the disappointments and losses. Close your eyes and imagine the starry night sky, perfect sparkly flakes of snow slowly […]

BEST RESOURCES OF LOW COST COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY IN TORONTO

I must admit, there are not many, although it is my firm belief that psychotherapy should be included in OHIP covered services, the way it is in many European countries. Here are the best one-on-one services available in no particular order:

Your family doctor is a great resource of OHIP covered services. There are also […]

THE GLORIFICATION OF BUSY

“The glorification of busy will destroy us. Without space for healing, without time for reflection, without an opportunity to surrender, we risk a complete disconnect from the authentic self. We burn out on the fuels of willfulness, and eventually cannot find our way back to center. And when we lose contact with our core, […]

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING

How to connect with joy and gratitude on Thanksgiving? Like all the holidays marketed as pinnacle of a perfect life (Christmas, Valentines Day, New Year, you name it), many of us feel alienated and inadequate on Thanksgiving. We do not have perfect pies ( I sincerely apologize for my unrealistic post pic), perfect homes, […]