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Let Go of The Wheel

If my heart is imprisoned by the will of refusal—that is the will to refuse the experience of heart—I survive on the deluded hope that I can save myself if I can only make myself strong enough. The will and determination to keep the vow of strength becomes our own...

Life as Art

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I could just know the future, then everything would be ok.” This kind of magical thinking troubles a lot of us. It’s called anxiety, and thoughts like this carry the potential for a lot of wasted energy. Anxiety is a powerful...

The Best We Can Do

One of the phrases I hear in my line of work as a therapist is the excuse-making defense of “I did the best I could do,” or “they did the best they could do.” On the surface it seems like a humble and acceptable admission of good intentions that were blocked by human...

Wrestling with Hope

Written by Stephen James, MMFT, LPC-MHSP and Tennyson Dodd, MTS  Sage Hill Counseling has a latin phrase as its motto; Dum Spiro Spero. Translated it means, “While there is breath, there is hope.” When people first encounter this they often comment about how positive...

Daily Life Made Simpler

Life and living have never been simple, no matter where we live or the era in which we live. All of the technological and intellectual advancements we have made do not stop the turmoil that comes with living one’s own life, especially one’s internal experience....

The Gifts of Failure

Many of us carry around inside of our heads some uncompromising “shoulds” that limit our capacity to receive and thrive in life successfully. These “shoulds” act as taskmasters, judges, and critics of our every move, assessors that exact a tax that burdens us into...