What Is Acceptance?

What Is Acceptance?

Most people I meet seem to think that practicing acceptance will make you either a guilty bystander who colludes with injustice, or a slack-jawed couch potato with drool running down your chin. When I use the word “acceptance” in session, my clients look at me with wide-eyed terror as if I were suggesting they just roll over and die. Clearly, I have some explaining to do.

3 Signs You're in a Toxic Relationship

3 Signs You're in a Toxic Relationship

Like the proverbial frog on the stove, most people don’t realize they’re in a toxic relationship until things have gotten very, very bad. Unlike in a healthy relationship, where conflict gets resolved through open communication, conflict in a toxic relationship triggers destructive, child-like patterns of aggression and passivity, which tend to get worse over time.

Boundaries

Boundaries

As a kid, the holiday season meant opening lots of presents. As an adult, it means opening lots of childhood wounds during tense, awkward interactions with loved ones. I don’t know which is more interesting, but I definitely got more stoked about the presents.

What Is Addiction?

What Is Addiction?

Eckhart Tolle says “addiction begins and ends with pain.” More specifically, addiction is a compulsive attempt to escape from pain through a behaviour that brings short-term relief, but over the long term actually adds to the original pain and thus creates more need for the addictive behaviour. This pattern is called the addictive cycle. And it is tremendously destructive.