March 24, 2014
Gratitude, love, and happiness are related. When you allow yourself to experience the feelings of gratitude, it feels a lot like love. Your heart feels open and expansive. The world seems a bit rosier. Optimism abounds. The brain's feel good neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Serotonin, and...
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
March 24, 2014
Make it a habit to tell people thank you; to express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.”
Credit Giving and Self-Appreciation
March 17, 2014
There are people who believe that self-appreciation leads to complacency, a swelled head, and to being self-centered. I find the reverse to be true from my own experience and in working with thousands of people from around the world.
Here's the basic premise that I've seen and heard many...
March 13, 2014
What comes up for me as I’m following your thoughts on appreciation is how I limit my self-appreciation when I resist appreciating others, especially the people who matter most.
My father and I were not close. We tried to be, but we could never quite pull it off. We tried to be cordial but our...
Not to Be Confused with Boasting
March 10, 2014
How often did you hear your parents, teachers, grandparents, or other elders tell you that you were not to speak highly about yourself but instead, wait for other people to speak highly of you? This notion (that becomes a belief) is taught into us from the time we begin to speak. Little children,...
The Value of Self-Acceptance
March 3, 2014
On the journey to self-mastery, we begin to understand elements about ourselves. Often, for the first time, we give names or even identities to those darker parts of ourselves which have been driving our behaviours at an almost sub-conscious level.
Understanding, however, is of little value if we...
Appreciation Brings Inner Knowing
March 1, 2014
“Appreciate your indecision.” The infamous words of my teacher and mentor.This was my first introduction to the notion that I could actually appreciate a part of me that I had repudiated. It was a novel concept and one that I did not take to easily or readily. In fact, I thought my...
February 25, 2014
When I first learned the Creative Behavior approach from A.A. Leath and Juanita and Eugene Sagan, I did not believe that I had what they labeled “a traitor,” that is, a character or characters within me that sabotaged me. I identified with the angel part of myself only—the part...
How I Came to Accept Myself
February 20, 2014
When I started my career, I was very head-strong and opinionated. I thought of myself as a natural leader, and the way that I had conducted myself so far seemed to lead me to success. I’m naturally pretty left-brained, and I want people to be as logical as I am.
As somebody who works in the field...
Angels and Traitors
February 17, 2014
My second semester at the Institute for Creative and Artistic Development moved me forward significantly in my steps toward self-acceptance. At ICAD, as it was called, the lessons were all based in experiential learning. Juanita Sagan, an educator, was brilliant (as was A.A. Leath), in creating...