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When You Get Overwhelmed, Try Again Tomorrow

When You Get Overwhelmed, Try Again Tomorrow

Last week, I was struggling. I was dealing with some issues related to taxes and refinancing our house, and I was getting confused and frustrated. I had to make some decisions, and I wasn’t sure what to do. I started to get emotional and feel overwhelmed, which made...
PLAN to Respond, Not React

PLAN to Respond, Not React

In my life, I spend a lot of time reacting. For example, I might take on too much at work and get stressed out, so I react by going the opposite direction and not talking to anyone for a few days. Or I might start to feel lonely, so I react by calling a bunch of...
A Day in the Life of an Enneagram 4: Jenny M.

A Day in the Life of an Enneagram 4: Jenny M.

How did you get introduced to the Enneagram? I was introduced to the Enneagram through a Spiritual Direction Cohort about 9 years ago. In the cohort we learned how to sit with other people and hold space for them and for the divine. In order to do that to the best of...
The Core Struggles of Each Enneagram Type

The Core Struggles of Each Enneagram Type

Sometimes people struggle to discover their Enneagram number. When this happens, one thing that can be helpful is to look at the core struggles for each type. Sometimes we are more in tune with our pain than our strengths. Here is a description of the core struggles...
3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

My wife and I just finished watching a fascinating documentary called “Wild, Wild Country.” It follows the story of a cult called the Rajneeshees, who travel from India and settle in Antelope, Oregon, where they build a commune (basically a small town) from scratch....
What’s the Block?

What’s the Block?

If you’re struggling in a particular area of your life, it can be helpful to identify the block. In other words, when you move forward toward what you want, what happens? What gets in the way? Here’s a quick 3-step process that can help you identify your block. Step...
The Injustice of Guilt

The Injustice of Guilt

Guilt is a tricky emotion, isn’t it? Sometimes, guilt can help us stay on the right track. Maybe you have had this experience. You did something bad, felt guilty about it, and thought to yourself, “I don’t want to that ever again.” The guilty feelings were painful, so...
How is Your Engine Running?

How is Your Engine Running?

There’s a quick little exercise my wife does with the kids she works with that I think can be helpful for adults as well. It’s called: “How is Your Engine Running?” Tune into Your Body The idea behind the exercise is to help us get more in tune with our body and how...
FINE? Feelings Inside Not Expressed

FINE? Feelings Inside Not Expressed

I got together with a friend not too long ago who was struggling. I knew he was having a tough time, but when I asked how he was doing, he just replied, “Fine.” I’m always a little wary when I hear someone say they’re fine. What does fine mean, anyways? FINE: Feelings...
Use Negative Emotions, Don’t Lose Them

Use Negative Emotions, Don’t Lose Them

I was feeling anxious not too long ago. There were a lot of things on my mind. I had several writing projects with due dates approaching. The lease for my apartment was up, and I had to figure out if I wanted to sign a new lease or move out. I was dealing with a...
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