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The alchemy of spring and letting go

Here in San Francisco the stirrings of spring are undeniable. The return of the light is more apparent each week. Along with a softening of the days there is what feels like a collective deep breath as the darkness of winter recedes. As the northern hemisphere leans sunward, the sun inches higher in the sky […]

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How to find a therapist

Finding a place to land Finding the right therapist takes time and can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are in crisis and need help now. If you live in a place like San Francisco, which is teeming with therapists, you will have many to choose from. But how do you know which one […]

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Free online guided meditation resources

Practicing mindfulness has been shown to have numerous positive effects on well-being. Decades of research supports what has been known for thousands of years by cultures that practice mindfulness. Engaging in a practice even for just a few minutes a day can lower stress and anxiety, relieve feelings of depression and pain, and boost the […]

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Encountering grief: guided meditation with Joan Halifax

“There is nothing so whole as a broken heart.”  Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk Grief takes a nonlinear path. It can shut us down and send us to hide in isolation. It can disappear and then hit like a storm that opens the heart to sorrow and eventually gratitude. At least three things are true: intense […]

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Exploring the roots of happiness with a smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh Research into happiness and wellbeing is telling us what Buddhist monks and meditators have always known, that our control over outer conditions of happiness is temporary and illusive. Happiness is really an […]

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