Entries by Lise

When Being Off Balance Is A Start

Last night while doing tree pose in yoga, the teacher suggested we toy with our balance by closing our eyes or swaying our arms. Tree pose, if you don’t know it, entails standing on one leg while the foot of the other is tucked above the standing leg’s knee, resting on the thigh. I find […]

Putting Away My Smart Phone Pacifier

Every day I grow increasingly horrified as research emerges about the impact of social media and technology on society at large: decreased concentration span, less meaningful relational engagement, compare-and-despair syndrome, ADHD, depression, and irritability in the kid/adolescent population, and a decrease in human civility are among the findings. Most alarming is the fact that phones […]

What are You Starting and Stopping?

This sign was placed at my regular trailhead recently. “How apropos for New Year’s,” I thought as I set out. As my feet began the familiar climb I reflected on the fact that the word “START” was placed on a sign known for signaling “STOP”. Then when I got to the first look out spot, […]

Feng Shui the Psyche for 2018

Call me superstitious but I take the transition between one year into the next very seriously. How one spends New Years’ Eve isn’t so important but the period leading up to it is: the week between X-mas and New Years can be a valuable time to take stock. It’s an opportunity to think about all […]

What’s Your Reactivity IQ?

Yes, I’m that odd duck that takes a picture of a Southwest napkin but I loved this slogan. In a world full of no, we need yes! I’m quick to say, “no,” to things in my life so when I see a napkin that urges me to say, “yes,” it’s a nice reminder. Much of […]

What Does It Mean To Spiritually Eliminate And Do You Need To Do It?

It’s a well known fact that elimination is vital to life. Without these biological processes, we would die. Our bodies discharge waste through complex physiological processes but do our bodies do this on a spiritual level too? This question floated through my head during one of the most surreal yoga classes I’ve ever taken. Because […]

Do You Need To Think Less And Feel More?

The other day I was in a yoga class when the instructor encouraged us to “think less and feel more.” As my mind slowly let go of the endless hours spent answering email and making lists, I felt the peace of that intention. “Think less, feel more.” As a therapist I often encourage individuals to […]

Like A Good Neighbor…

I came home from cool, rainy Alaska to witness a fire that looked like Armaggedon. Ensconced in work and the beauty of a rugged landscape, I had no idea that LA had become an inferno and that the hills of Burbank were engulfed in flame. My uber driver and I were stunned at the apocalyptic […]

Wild and Dangerous

I’ve been to Alaska twice but each time was for work so I didn’t get to see much of the terrain. However, even a glimpse of the local is enough to witness its majesty. The natural beauty is breathtaking. Alaska is dark for much of the year though. At some points there are only four […]