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Month: September 2010

Resistance to Gratitude: Why Isn’t The Law of Attraction Working for Me?

Most of us know that expressing heartfelt gratitude is a powerful way to raise our frequency and connect with our spiritual Guidance. Yet many people rarely or never express gratitude, and when they do, it is more rote than truly heartfelt. In a phone session with Deb, one of my clients, we were talking about this very issue. She was telling me how much trouble she has ever feeling gratitude. “Deb, there must be a good reason you have problems feeling gratitude for what you have – your health, your home, work you love, your relationship, and your friends....

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My Reiki Journey

My Reiki journey started before I even knew the term. The journey, the path if you will, was unfolding in front of my wife and I even before we were aware of the powerful healing that lay ahead. Healing that we had no idea could even occur at our point in life. My soul was reaching, searching; in large part due to several personal failings that I came to realize were destroying all that I had ever thought was precious, all I had held as my true values, all that I envisioned my true self to be. It was...

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Setting Limits with Difficult Kids: How to Get Them to Listen

How many times has this happened to you? You set a limit on behavior, and your kids ask, “Why?” or ignore your limits entirely. Or perhaps it’s a war of inches—your adolescent tests you by coming in a few minutes later past curfew each time he goes out. Then he accuses you of being petty when you enforce the limit with a consequence. No matter the method, it’s infuriating for parents when their kids push against the structure they set. And for some parents, it’s hard to limit their child’s behavior in the first place. How can you set...

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Do You Avoid Failure Like the Plague?

“You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”–Mary Pickford, 1893-1979, Actress and producer There are two kinds of people: those who focus on avoiding failure, and those who focus on learning and growth. Dr. Carol Dweck, in “Mindset”, one of my favorite books, names these two ways of approaching life “the fixed mindset” and “the growth mindset.”  In Inner Bonding®, we call it “the intent to protect” and “the intent to learn.” In my personal experience, we cannot learn and...

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Child Outbursts: Why Kids Blame, Make Excuses and Fight When You Challenge Their Behavior

Arguing with kids often seems like a losing battle—and it is. No matter what you say, your child has a smart comeback that pushes your buttons or leaves you speechless. And worst of all, when your child is angry, nothing is fair, and it’s never his fault. James Lehman explains how, in any argument, your child might set different “traps” for you to fall into. Once you know what these traps are, you’ll be able to avoid them—and hold your child accountable. Here, James translates what your child is really saying during an argument. You’ll often see kids blame...

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