Welcome! Life is beautiful, right? Well, yeah, but it can also be f*cking hard! Especially in these unpredictable times of Corona Craziness, a lot of us are struggling to stay positive. Here I have gathered a few tips and tools to help boost your mood and mental wellbeing. These little activities are simple, but effective and can be used when in self-isolation or at anytime when you need a bit of positivity in your life.

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Most of us instinctively try and push difficult feelings and emotions away. If we don’t face the source, however, these emotions will keep popping up and upsetting us in different and unscheduled ways. Why do we push them away? It can just feel too scary to let them come to the surface! RAIN is a way to gently investigate and deal with those “yucky” situations, giving us a tool to really start feeling a difference.

Be well,

Marjorie

 

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Confessions of a Counselor

Sometimes we do not fulfill people’s expectations. We fall off pedestals and disappoint. Here I open up and talk about what it means to be authentic and REAL to yourself and others and what you need to look for if you want heart to heart help from a professional.

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Be well,

Marjorie

Meditation for Children

It is never too early to get started on good habits. Meditation can be make fun and simple for children of any age. Deep conscious breathing for even just a few minutes can help children focus their attention, gain resilience, and to make happiness a part of their daily life.

Have a listen and have fun!

Marjorie

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Outward focused meditations are those that aim at opening our hearts and kindness to others: loved ones, acquaintances, and all creature on Earth. This might sound a little esoteric to some, but practicing the same openness and gentleness we have been turning toward ourselves in the past weeks meditations, in our relationship with others can bring us a level of fulfillment and happiness that inward facing attention will never achieve.

Be curious. Be open. Have fun.

Emotions do not need to be weighty. You may not be able to stop them from coming, but you also don't need to hold on to them.
 
Be curious. Be open. Have fun.

I've always wanted to try meditation I just to know how to start! This series is created for people who are just getting started with the magic that is meditation. Each week I discuss a little bit about the whys and hows  - building your understanding week by week - and then we jump right into a short sweet guided meditation.

Be curious. Be open. Have fun.

I've always wanted to try meditation I just to know how to start! This series is created for people who are just getting started with the magic that is meditation. Each week I discuss a little bit about the whys and hows  - building your understanding week by week - and then we jump right into a short sweet guided meditation.

Be curious. Be open. Have fun.

The Key to a Calm Birth

The number one tip to having a calm birth? Practice! In my work as a hypnobirthing instructor I see lots of parents-to-be not focusing enough on the one exercise I think has the most influence on how the mother will experience the birth. They forget to practice. We have all heard of athletes visualizing the perfect shot on goal, the perfect kick, well, how about visualizing the perfect birth?

When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change”.                                                     -Marie Mongan

“Self-respect is not the same as self-confidence or self-esteem…It is not earned by being better than other people at something. It is earned by being better than you used to be, by being dependable in times of testing, straight in times of temptation. It emerges in one who is morally dependable. Self-respect is produced by inner triumphs, not external ones.”

― David Brooks, "The Road to Character"

 

It is incorrect to believe you are just the way you are and you cannot change it. “I’m not good at small talk”. “I am not good with money”. “That’s just the way I am”. Wrong! It is very much possible to change how we interact with other people, ourselves and the environment. You can add, remove, expand personal characteristics and behavior if you are willing to put in a bit of effort.

In this episode I take you through an exercise that shows you how to achieve becoming more of the person you want to be, one simple step at a time, one characteristic at a time.

Be well and enjoy growth.

Marjorie Kinney

www.starksanft.com

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone”. – Goethe

We have been dealing with a pandemic long before we heard of Corona. Loneliness! All over the world more and more people are reporting that they feel lonely. While it takes initiative on your side, there are ways to deal with feelings of loneliness and in this episode I give you a few tips and ideas of how to do so.

Be well. Stay connected.

Marjorie

www.starksanft.com

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