Lizards, Fears, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
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Lizards, Fears, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

I talk about the lizard brain a lot, because I find it’s a very useful way to understand ourselves, our actions, and our words. I’m certainly not the first or the only person to talk about this topic, but I’d like to present this in a different way. Many of us have heard about Maslow’s…

Create Holiday Calm
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Create Holiday Calm

Halloween is approaching at a gallop and Christmas decorations are already for sale. In-laws are wondering if they’ll get a holiday visit, birthdays are being squeezed in, and to top it all off, the days are literally getting shorter! Does the impending holiday season stress you out? When I consider the fourth quarter holidays, the…

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To Create Magic, Manage Expectations

Managing expectations is the most important and most challenging aspect of the holiday season. We put enormous pressure on ourselves to create this Dickensian holiday where all the food is perfect and every child is happy, forgetting that we don’t have an entire staff of servants to help us pull it off. So what can…

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Spiritual Advice on Pacing Yourself

This Wednesday kicks off the official crazy holiday season. In the next 60 days we’ve got at least three major holidays, not counting the religious and secular midwinter celebrations like Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa. It can be a rushed time, as you work to ration Halloween candy, make travel arrangements, cook huge dinners and then…