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SIMPLE WISDOM: LONGING TO BELONG

 

By Penelope Young Andrade
 

October 9, 2010 (San Diego) -- Are you longing to belong? Most likely, consciously or sub consciously, the answer is yes. As a human your need to belong is hard wired.

SIMPLE WISDOM: NURTURE YOUR IMAGINATION

August 27, 2010 (San Diego) -- Do you know how to take responsibility for your creativity? Like many, you may have trouble nurturing your imagination. Facing the blank screen, score, canvas, loom, or clay often brings up inadequacy and its undercurrent -- fear.

SIMPLE WISDOM: ARE YOU SCARED TO BE VULNERABLE?

By Penelope Andrade

July 1, 2010 (San Diego) -- Are you scared to be vulnerable? For many the v word (vulnerability) strikes fear in the façade of stylish imperviousness.

SIMPLE WISDOM: REBOOT YOUR LIFE CONNECTION

 

By Penelope Andrade

 

June 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Are you connected to life? While many move in a daze of action, haze of forgetting, or tangle of technology, real life requires full frontal engagement. Yes, I’m talking about getting naked with the present moment. This means dropping in right here, right now sans overwork, alcohol, drugs, IPod, Blackberry, laptop, etc. to see how you feel. If you can barely imagine such a thing, you’re probably overdue to reboot your life connection.

SIMPLE WISDOM: PREPARING FOR A NEW YEAR

By Penelope Andrade

 

January 1, 2010 (San Diego)--Are you ready for a new year?

 

As you prepare to enter a new year, you may find yourself consciously or subconsciously reviewing this past year in particular and your life in general. This potent time of transition beckons you tune in to who, what and where you are.

SIMPLE WISDOM: THANKSGIVING TIP

Do you have an easier time giving than receiving? At Thanksgiving attention typically turns to turkey (or tofu) and gratitude.

Paradoxically, giving thanks spotlights your ability to receive. The reason for this is that gratitude requires opening yourself to receiving. If you’re like many of us you may not always feel deserving. It’s easy to get caught thinking its better to give than get.

SIMPLE WISDOM: SUSTAIN YOUR SPIRIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

By Penelope Andrade

 

Is self care last on your holiday list? Winter's dark, short days invite you inside your home and self to slow down, rest . . . rejuvenate. The holidays pull you out into festive, hustle bustle. Torn in two directions you may feel more acutely the stress of lives that don't suit you or nourish you. You remember previous holiday disappointments and hope for fulfillment . . . maybe this year.

SIMPLE WISDOM: CAN YOU SAY NO WHEN YOU NEED TO?

 

By Penelope Andrade

 

July, 2009 (San Diego) -- Can you say no when you need to? It's often hard to say no . . . especially to people in positions of authority. An airplane once crashed because the crew was afraid to confront the captain. The captain was distracted by a landing gear malfunction and failed to notice the fuel gauge dropping to empty.

SIMPLE WISDOM: ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED?

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By Penelope Andrade

 

June 2009 (San Diego)--Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If you’ve got some chronic ‘itis’ like sinusitis, dermatitis, cystitis, gastritis, colitis, arthritis, thyroiditis or other ongoing physical aggravation, chances are something you are doing is making things worse. This could be something as simple as not taking medications/ herbs /remedies properly or as complex as poor self care – too much sugar, fat, alcohol, processed food, TV, Internet or too little sleep, sex, exercise and real leisure. No joy in love or work may also be a factor. While figuring out how you’re making yourself sicker is the first step, changing your life is the real challenge.

SIMPLE WISDOM: HOW OTHERS VIEW YOU

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May 1, 2009 (San Diego)--Do you worry about what others think of you? Of course everyone likes to be well regarded. Having some sense of how you’re viewed is healthy. The problem comes when you imagine someone holds a negative view and you can’t stop thinking about it. Your anxiety may be heightened if that someone is a family member, boss or co-worker…someone whose opinion and connection matters to you.

SIMPLE WISDOM: ARE YOU CAUGHT IN A TRIANGLE?

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By Penelope Andrade

April 1, 2009 (San Diego)--Are you caught in a relationship triangle? Everyone is familiar with two people having an affair without the knowledge of a spouse or significant other. What you may not know is that other triangles also cause problems – parent and child against the other parent – friends, couples/in-laws, co-workers siding with one another in shifting alliances. Extricating yourself from any of these tangles can be a challenge because they’re typically a smokescreen for deeper issues.

SIMPLE WISDOM -- Are you having trouble keeping your New Year's Resolutions?

Trouble keeping resolutions?

By Penelope Young Andrade

Penelope Young AndradeFebruary 1, 2009 (San Diego) — Are you having trouble keeping your New Year's
Resolutions? For many, February finds you slinking back to old habits. You
hate and berate yourself for being ˜weak willed" but can't find a way to resist
temptation. The problem, typically, is not that you're weak willed, but rather
that you haven't found a way to use your will skillfully.

SIMPLE WISDOM --” Is Your Past Interfering with Your Future?

By Penelope Andrade

January, 2009 (San Diego) — Is your past getting in the way of your future? Like
most of us you've probably based your notions of the future on what has happened
to you in the past. That's human nature. Your subconscious mind is designed
to operate that way. That's how you learned to avoid hot stoves or angry dogs
even if you weren't aware that's what you were learning. However, if
you want to transform your life now, you'll need to open up to a future free
of the past. Fortunately, as an evolving human, you have tools for this. You
have a potential for consciousness bigger than any sub or unconscious programming.
You also have the will to move your awareness wherever you choose--as long
as you practice!

SIMPLE WISDOM - NOVEMBER

Gratitude for Hard Times

By Penelope Young Andrade LCSW

Are you grateful for hard times?  Although you may welcome reminders
to be grateful, you probably don’t strive to be grateful FOR hard times
themselves.  If you’re like most of us, hard times are something
you wish would pass as fast as possible. The problem is that hard times are
usually your best teachers and provide profound gifts. Giving thanks for
dark times is often a prerequisite for receiving these blessings.

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