Meeting the Shadow

The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature This month’s Great Read is a collection of essays on the human shadow, which you can discover by exploring what you despise and also what you adore. Meeting the Shadow uncovers the shadow in a variety of places: in relationships, groups, families, churches, and our hearts — and it shares many ways to work with and … Read More

Complaining Can be a Mindfulness Practice

Conscious Complaining is one of the 5 Empathic Mindfulness practices developed by Karla McLaren. This particular practice was adapted from the work of Barbara Sher in her book Wishcraft. In this video, Karla explores the importance of complaining consciously with intention and care, and how you can use this practice to access the genius in your emotions.

A better way to think about shame

  In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we search for images or messages that treat emotions and empathy with respect, but we don’t find many. Especially not for shame! So we usually have to create our own! This meme helps us think more clearly about the gifts of shame. Feel free to share this Better Meme. If you’ve read Karla McLaren’s books or taken courses at … Read More

What Motivates Getting Things Done

Procrastination, Emotions, and Success In this surprising and valuable book, psychologist Mary Lamia explores the importance of anxiety, which she identifies as the emotion of motivation. Dr. Lamia also identifies two ways that we work with our anxiety. In one, which she calls task-oriented, we are motivated by tasks and tend to complete them in a step-by-step way, one after another. In the other motivational style, … Read More

Burning Contracts Can Help You Know Who You Are

Burning Contracts is one of the 5 Empathic Mindfulness practices developed by Karla McLaren. This practice is vital for making changes to ideas, beliefs, and behaviors that no longer work for you. In this video, Karla explores Burning Contracts as a practice for working through intense and toxic messages and how you can disentangle from them – with the help of all of your emotions – … Read More

Befriending Sadness

Welcoming Flow into Your Life Starts Monday, September 6th, 2021 4-week online course $145 Relaxing and taking care of yourself comes easily when you can access your sadness! Having a healthy relationship with sadness means you recognize when it’s time to let things go. In Befriending Sadness, you’ll delve deep into the gifts of sadness and learn the practices to help you stay present with your … Read More

Embracing Your Anxiety

Discovering the Hidden Genius in Your Anxiety and Procrastination Starts Monday, August 30th 4-week online course $175 Anxiety is an essential emotion with an important job: it helps you prepare for the future, organize yourself, and gather the energy you need to get things done. In Embracing Your Anxiety, you’ll learn how to recognize, work with, and appreciate the genius in your anxiety! Embracing Your Anxiety … Read More

A better way to think about anxiety

  In our Emotion Dynamics Facebook group, we search for images or messages that treat emotions and empathy with respect, but we don’t find many. Especially not for anxiety! So we usually have to create our own. This meme helps us think more clearly about the gifts of anxiety. Feel free to share this Better Meme. If you’ve read Karla McLaren’s books or taken courses at … Read More

The Power of Emotions at Work

Accessing the Vital Intelligence in Your Workplace In her newest book (August, 2021), researcher and workplace consultant Karla McLaren explores the emotional condition of the modern workplace. Sadly, the news isn’t good. In all studies of workplace mental health, researchers have found that the workplace overwhelmingly creates unhealthy and even emotionally abusive environments that negatively affect the health and well-being of workers. We’ve all been taught … Read More

The 6 Aspects of Empathy

In this video, Karla McLaren introduces her Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model from her book The Art of Empathy. Empathy is a trait and a skill, and you can learn to develop (or calm down) your empathy depending on your needs and the situations you come across. Empathy is an art, but you are the artist!

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