Good boundaries and horse sense

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To create boundaries or not to create boundaries, that is the question… Bobbi McIntyre I can tell you from personal experience about living with an open heart (without boundaries) and living with boundaries. I fell into the trap (as do others) of believing that living with an open heart is the epitome of love and/or spirituality. I learned it from my “boundary-less” mother and through spiritual … Read More

Five keys to an emotionally well-regulated workplace

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You can create an emotionally healthy workplace! Karla McLaren, M.Ed. There are literally thousands of books and programs that target the workplace in terms of how to make people into better workers and thereby increase productivity. Empathically speaking, most of them fail because they completely overlook unsupported emotion work and how it can drive behavior, undermine relationships, and lead to needless burnout. If you understand emotion work and you … Read More

Hatred and the middle path

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Bobbi McIntrye I saw a meme about love and hate going around Facebook, and I thought about the fact that people have never been taught how to work with emotions in an intentional and healthy way. We’ve learned it by watching others and reacting to the feelings triggered by the emotion. It’s easy to say “promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate” but … Read More

Maintaining empathy in the midst of deep conflict

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Sherry Jean Olander There are a lot of emotions running through our country this week. Grief, Anger, Sadness, Confusion, Envy, Hate, Suicidal Urge, Shame, Fear… I’ve been reading posts and articles on Facebook – watching videos, and feeling so much empathy for all the victims, friends, family, and also those who are strangers to all involved, but still feel passionately about the terrible and tragic status … Read More

Emotional Genius in California!

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Emotional Genius Discovering the Brilliance in Your Emotions Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California Saturday & Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2016 This workshop is sold out. Thank you! Current neuroscience is catching up with what artists and poets have known for centuries: Emotions are messengers from the deepest and wisest parts of yourself. All of your emotions are irreplaceable aspects of your intelligence, your social skills, … Read More

Your free Emotional Vocabulary List!

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How strong is your emotional vocabulary? Karla McLaren, M.Ed. The more I talk to people about emotions, the more I realize how small our emotional vocabulary tends to be. People can get by with just a few words for their emotions, such as fine, unhappy, bummed, or stressed. This tiny vocabulary is a problem, because descriptive words help us understand ourselves and the world around us. … Read More

What is Emotion Work?

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Can your workplace become emotionally healthy? Karla McLaren, M.Ed. The truth is this: you live at work. If you count up your hours at work and add in your commute, and then add the time you spent becoming trained for your career, you’ll find that you’ve spent more time at work than in any other place in your life. Basically, we all live at work — … Read More

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