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Summer Thoughts on Connecting by Disconnecting

With good weather here and summer approaching, I’m happy to forward you some musings from Pico Iyer, a longtime favourite writer of mine. A concern that is often on the minds of everyone including people coming for therapy and their therapists, is how to live in our fast-paced world where an ADHD existence is the expected norm, not the exception. How do we step […]

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We don’t develop courage by being happy every day

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Barbara de Angelis – I am glad to see this “pushback “around happiness. As with many good ideas that come into public conversation for good reason this focus on happiness is wonderful and questionable. With […]

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Translating Meaning Into Life: A Taoist Parable, by Alan Briskin

It may be helpful for therapists to think of themselves as gardeners of synchronicity. One of my mentors, Dr. Milton Erickson spoke of encouraging clients to go out and see the world, and be open to experiences and “accidents” which their own consciousness’ could integrate as new ways of learning and dealing with difficulties. As well, this article stresses […]

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Celebrate Leading Edge’s 25th Anniversary!

If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you’ve been to a Leading Edge Seminars workshop. And if so, there’s also a good chance that you may have come more than once over the past 25 years and while you have grown as a mental health care professional and helper of people, Leading Edge Seminars […]

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Monotasking

I think human beings have had to multitask for a long time. Our ancestors might have said “That looks like good fruit in the tree and what’s that furry thing over there?”. Attention to multiple things in our surroundings kept some of us alive. The DNA of those monotaskers did not get passed on for long. But while our evolutionary history may […]

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Is Reverence The Next Big Thing?

My role is to stay informed about what is influencing the world of psychotherapy. The changes keep coming. Always have. Always will. In this century there are many positive and exciting developments. Among these are integrating ideas about mindfulness, self-compassion presence, and kindness. These are not “therapies “but more attitudes and the encouragement of awareness. I think […]

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Are parents on their devices influencing their young child?

When I see parents with young children on their digital devices I worry about the lack of attention to their kids. And then I wonder if I’m just an old fogey not accepting new realities. Just like my mother who said “who needs colour TV, black-and-white looks just fine to me”. But this article has some research that confirms […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Seems a little facile. I’m more for making resolutions whenever… meaning thinking about life and my direction. George Yancy’s Dear White America article below helped me to pause and think about all the “ism’s” in the world and in our lives. He confronts the reality of racism in all white […]

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Books about Death…Morbid or Uplifting?

Andrew Solomon had written an eloquent and moving piece in the New York Times Book Review about books dealing with death. The New York Times commented “To say that books about death are morbid may seem a truism, but of course, most books are about death. They deal directly or indirectly with the contrasting temporality of […]