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  • Elegant Solutions through Collaborative Problem Solving

    Two people were studying in a small, stuffy room in a university library. One person wanted the window open, one person wanted it closed. Instead of focusing on solutions, (whether the window would be opened or closed) they concentrated on needs and resolved the problem by coming up with another alternative- opening a window in the next room. This provided fresh air for the person who wanted it

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    The 1-2-3 Dialogue: Handling Emotions in a Conflict

    When people get emotionally escalated, they are fundamentally different people than when they are calm. Adrenaline flows faster Strength increases by 20% The liver pumps sugar into the bloodstream More oxygen is demanded from the heart and lungs Veins become enlarged The rational “thinking” part of your brain can’t perform as well “This is an emotional condition

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    Listening 101

    Hearing + suspenseful waiting = Listening  “True human sincerity, true transparency…is a rare and difficult thing; and so much of it depends on the person who is listening to us! When it comes our turn to listen, which of these are we?       Effective listening involves three main skills: Paying Attention, Following, and Reflecting. Attention is to listen with your whole body.

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    The Stages of Emotional Liberation

    What other people say or do may be a stimulus for our feelings, but never the cause. Whenever someone communicates negatively, we have four options: blame ourselves blame others sense our own feelings and needs sense the feelings and needs hidden in the other’s negative message Judgments, criticisms, diagnoses and interpretations of others are all alienated expressions of

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    Clean Living Through Toxin-Free Communication

    This article is the first in a five part series about clean living. If you stumbled across this looking for a DIY on the perfect ratio of essential oils for your newest homemade cleaning product… click here and enjoy!   BUT THIS ISN’T THAT TYPE OF ARTICLE.       If, on the other hand, you have ever felt pierced and heart broken by the spoken

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    Holding Hope

    Or Why I Am Still Excited About Being a Healthcare Professional. Many of us wear multiple hats during the day, both in our personal and professional lives. One hat I frequently wear is called the “Holder of Hope.” Underneath its brim, I stand with clients and look into the abyss. Call it depression, trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, grief, psychosis, spiritual warfare, or even the

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    The Future of Integrative Health

    Did you know that about 38% of adults and 12% of children use health care approaches developed outside of mainstream Western, or conventional, medicine; or that over a decade ago (imagine what it would be today!), the total visits to CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) providers exceeded the total number of visits to all primary-care physicians? Among those who have used one or

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    A New Understanding of Psychoanalysis

    Psychoanalysis as a part of the work I do has always held a sort of creative tension for me. On the one hand, I love nothing better than a deep exploration into the experience of being human. On the other hand, I feel a deep responsibility to honor my clients' time, commitment, and resources by helping them set and achieve the goals that brought them to my door. Plus, to be perfectly honest,

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    Interview by Tribe: A Healing Arts Community

    May is Women's Health Month! Each week we'll be sitting down with one of our practitioners to discuss topics of interest in the health & wellness industry. Aline Talmage, LCSW, MPH joins us this week! What aspects of your practice do you believe relate in particular to women's health? I started my career working in women's health and it didn't surprise me when recent, public health

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    Relational Yoga Workshop

    Awareness Free yourself from unconscious conditioning. Respond authentically, instead of react, to circumstances in your life. See your patterns with clarity and understanding to create true freedom. Simplicity With some simple practices and perspectives you can dramatically improve the quality of all your relationships. Anyone can learn to create all new levels of connection and

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