Tag Archives: Mindfulness

Holiday Cheer? Coping with Stress and Sadness this Time of Year

There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” No time of year is that more true, than at the holidays. Everything in the public environment, in the media and in our own history can conspire to create unrealistic and idealistic expectations for the holidays that few of us can [...]

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Three Keys to Coping with Change

“Change is the inherent and absolute characteristic of reality.” A few years ago while listening to the radio, I wrote down this quote and put it on my refrigerator. Now, I’m not sure who said it, and a Google search for the originator of the phrase turns up nothing. But no matter, the little green [...]

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What I Owe the Tango: Overcoming Fear, Finding Freedom

When I was a little girl my mom said I had stiff back. She reasoned this must be the problem since I had such a hard time doing somersaults and couldn’t stand on my head to save my life. Cart-wheels were out of the questions. My mom on the other hand was five feet, two [...]

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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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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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Top 5 Reasons Why We Procrastinate

#1.Fear of feeling. For example, I may put off paying my bills if I have difficulty tolerating the feelings that come up when I face my financial situation. This also applies to confronting difficulty in a relationship when we expect there to be conflict or pain. The survival part of the brain says, “Nope, that [...]

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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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