The hard stuff is facing difficult emotions. Sometimes it takes heroic efforts to digest emotional experiences rather than avoid them. A balanced spiritual path includes and integrates emotional reality. But sometimes spiritual tools themselves can be used to control and dismiss painful emotions in ourselves and others. This is referred to as spiritual bypass. [...]
The path to inner peace is not comfortable. It requires us to traverse through our psychological defenses, our emotional world, and our relationships. These layers often hold pain and fear so we avoid facing them. Willingness and support make it possible to negotiate each layer and connect with our spiritual core of inner peace. [...]
Parenting is emotional edge work, and each phase of child development presents unique emotional challenges to the parent. Emotional edge work is the practice of willingly and compassionately facing the emotional pain of life. As a new Dad, I’m knee deep in opportunities to work my own edge.
There is so much to consider when creating a satisfying therapy experience. Some clients have the best of intentions when getting started with therapy, but find themselves feeling stuck and discouraged about what to talk about and how to get the most out of the process. Here are some guidelines ...