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6 Strategies to Interpret Your Dreams

6 Strategies to Interpret Your Dreams

Dreams can be fascinating. In the past, psychologists were really into interpreting dreams. Some people claimed they could tell you exactly what your dream meant. They even had guidebooks that associated dream content with various meanings. I think it can be helpful...
What To Do When Life Happens

What To Do When Life Happens

A couple of years ago over the holidays, I went to Minnesota to visit my mom’s side of the family. For about as long as I can remember, we have stayed at a hotel called the Kelley Inn in Plymouth, Minnesota, not too far from where my grandmother lives. One of my...
Give Your Unconscious Some Time to Work It Out

Give Your Unconscious Some Time to Work It Out

I remember one day, I was struggling with a writing project. I was working on a section of a book, and I was stuck. I didn’t really have a clear direction for where I was going, and I didn’t know what I wanted to say. So, as you might expect, I was making very little...
It’s Okay to Be Sad

It’s Okay to Be Sad

The other day, I was aware of feeling really sad. Nothing terrible happened—some of my issues were getting triggered and I was dealing with that. I knew I wouldn’t feel that way forever, but for the day, I was feeling pretty down. I attended a group discussion that...
The Only Constant is Change

The Only Constant is Change

This summer I spent some time in Red Wing, Minnesota, and stayed at my grandmother’s cabin. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place; the backyard overlooks the Mississippi river. One morning I got up to go for a jog. I ran to the end of the street, where as a child I...
3 Ways to Deal with Emotions

3 Ways to Deal with Emotions

Emotions are a huge part of our daily lives. Our feelings let us know we are alive, and they help us to connect with others. Emotions are also important indicators of our needs. For example, if we feel angry, we might need to set a boundary or stop an injustice. If we...
HALT

HALT

Have you ever found yourself losing your temper, but not knowing why? This happened to me the other day. I was at the mechanic, dealing with a car problem. The situation was frustrating—I wasn’t sure how much the problem was going to cost to fix, and the place was...
Emotions and Needs

Emotions and Needs

Sometimes I struggle to identify my emotions and talk about them. For example, the other day, I was frustrated. I was grumpy with a colleague at work, and I didn’t really know why. Frustrated isn’t really an emotion, so I spent some time trying to figure out what...
How to Know What You’re Feeling (And Talk About It)

How to Know What You’re Feeling (And Talk About It)

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify your feelings and talk about them. I think it can be especially tough for men. I think part of the reason is that some of us just didn’t grow up in environments where people were open about their feelings. Maybe you grew up in a...
Hold on to Forgiveness

Hold on to Forgiveness

This post is Part 8 in an 8-part blog series on forgiveness. (If you missed the previous posts, you can find Part 1 here.) In Part 8, I want to talk to you about holding on to forgiveness. Here is a common scenario: You have worked through the steps and have made...
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