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Getting Help: It’s Legal, So Now What? Cannabis in the Age of the Corner Pot Store – Part 2

Last week we discussed some of the possible downsides of using Cannabis on a regular basis. If you resonated with any of the concerns offered and would like to quit or reduce use, here are some ideas that could work for you: • Attend a Marijuana Anonymous meeting. In our area there is an in-person [...]

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Five Drug-Free Ways to Defeat Depression

For the past 30 years whenever someone seems depressed, the answer has been an antidepressant. Most people get this prescription from their doctor after a 15 minute assessment. But is that really the best approach? Antidepressants often have unwanted side effects, are expensive and may even contribute to a life-long cycle of depression. (See studies [...]

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What I Owe: How I Grew Through Crisis

In the Chinese language the symbol for crisis has a dual meaning, both danger, but also critical-point, perhaps a turning point or opportunity. Indeed, crisis is often a dangerous opportunity. I have certainly found that to be true in my own life. For it is in the midst of despair, fear, loss, or a difficult [...]

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How I Became Radical: The Power of Acceptance

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers My initial encounter with radical acceptance took place when I lay down for the first time on a yoga mat. Our teacher, Mari Gayatri, taught mindfulness yoga. She instructed us to follow our breath in and [...]

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Happy Holidays? Surviving and Even Thriving in the Dark Times

The winter holidays come in the midst of ever darkening days when long afternoon shadows and cold winds seem to whip up feelings and memories along with the shaggy leaves. The weather and the short, dark days reflect for many of us a season not of joy and celebration, but instead, a time filled with [...]

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Menopause: What’s it Good For?

The Possibility of Reinvention Women have an inherent passage at mid-life that is often the harbinger of reinvention: menopause. It is through this biological, social and neurological stage of development that many women redefine their identity, reorganize their priorities and become powerful creators in the world. Because women now have many more years to live [...]

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Finding a Meaningful Life

“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandi I am always looking, along with my clients, for the choices that bring greater meaning and peace to life. Together we wrestle with the questions, “How can my life be meaningful?” And, “How can I balance freedom and [...]

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    Lois Schlegel

    Lois Schlegel, MFA, MS, mental health therapist at Life in Bloom Counseling in Medford and Ashland, has 20 years of experience providing services to individuals and families. She has taught parent education and life skills classes to adults and ... Full Profile
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