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When You Have Unfinished Business

If you were to take stock of your life, would you be uncomfortable with the amount of unfinished business you have? Maybe you meant to clear the air with someone or begin working toward a certain goal, but something always stopped you. Reflecting on unfinished business can help you to take actions that will tie up loose ends, provide closure, and possibly help you and others to heal. Years ago...

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Engage Nature’s Healing Energies

When we get in touch with nature, we may find that we feel a deep sense of calm and well-being. Research has confirmed what many people have observed: nature has healing energies. Do you enjoy being in the woods? Studies show we can experience health and psychological benefits if we spend time in such places practicing “shin-rin yoku” or “forest bathing.” Twenty or thirty minutes spent in...

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From Fractured to Whole: Individuation and the Ouroboros

In some ways, all of us are fractured, a collection of selves that can be at odds with each other. The dreamer self might wrestle with the practical self. The self that strives to please others might be in competition with the self that resents the burden of having to conform to people’s expectations. When we come to peace with our many selves, accepting them rather than denying them...

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Healing from Within

Therapy patients are more likely to have successful outcomes when they see therapy as a tool for self-healing. Good physicians will ask their patients about their habits of mind and body and guide them to heal themselves through better lifestyle choices. Still, many of us continue to look outside ourselves for healing. We don’t trust in our abilities to access the power or wisdom we need to cure...

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