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Your Beautiful Mind
Me, most of
my adult life
As a young professional, I looked like I had it all: financial abundance, community respect, great health, and an attractive family. Inside my mind was a very different story. Despite all my apparent gifts, I could not muster gratitude or happiness on a regular basis. I kept telling myself that once I achieved the next milestone I would feel better. I just had to lose weight, stop drinking, get my kids into good schools, go on vacation, get promoted, buy a great car, and make some real money: then the cloud would lift.
To be sure, I did feel the hit of positive circumstances: I felt better when things went my way. But slowly, the feeling of anxiety and sadness would pervade and I went back to my baseline thought patterns.
I decided that being happy was overrated and that the chase for happiness was what was making me miserable. This popular conceptualization of the perils of seeking happiness didn't do the trick either!
Fortunately, I became interested in neuroscience. In particular the new field of "contemplative neuroscience" which correlated notions of ancient contemplative religions and findings in cutting-edge imaging of the brain. The radiologist in me couldn't resist the science. The stressed-out part of me thirsted for relief. I delved in.
Once I started understanding the nature of the mind, quite literally how we make up the thoughts and emotions that comprise our existence, did I start knowing what to do with my unhappiness.
Since then, science has teased out the most effective strategies for well-being. It has also come to a similar conclusion to ancient religions: the search for happiness is in fact a greater search for who we truly are. What feels like a search for happiness is a search for being whom we are meant to be. It is a gift not just to ourselves but to everyone around us.
In sports, we call this "being in the zone" or "flow". It invokes freedom, peak performance, and at the same time, peace. It is our birthright and totally available to us at any time if we question understanding how the operating system we call our minds works.
I have developed an extensive toolkit of practices which I share with my clients. Together we tackle work issues, performance issues such as leadership skills and public speaking fears, work/life balance, marital or family problems, health issues such as insomnia or weight control, and drug and alcohol dependency. All is welcome and treated with utmost respect and confidentiality. Appointments can be had in person, by phone, or by video conference.
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