Christie Tate proves that truth will set us free and enable the life we want in her best-selling memoir about radical, truth-telling group therapy.

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I was feeling jubilant as I finished reading Christie Tate’s book Group: How one Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life.

In Christie’s best-selling memoir about her six and a half years in a small therapy group, she validates my purview that the experience of safely sharing ‘the truth and nothing but the truth’ will finally lead us to emotional freedom and the better life we desire. Christie’s personal journey to reach her ideal life and relationship meant breaking through highly challenging emotional blocks and barriers; perhaps more challenging blocks than many of us may face in our…


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Everyone has compassion at their core. Sadly for some, the door to their full expression, including heartfelt compassion and empathy, is securely locked. Perhaps locked for all of their lives, either because of traumatic experiences in childhood or trauma later in life. It’s clear to me this is has been the case with Donald Trump. It seems obvious to me that something similar also happened to Derek Chauvin, the police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd on May 25th, 2020 in Minneapolis Minnesota.

As a life and leadership coach I’ve deeply studied human behavior, my own included, as you will…


Dr Gabor Mate is a world-renowned expert on addiction. He sees addiction as an illness, not a crime — explained in the 9-min video below. His compassionate inquiry techniques work where other remedies fail.

The CDC says that overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids (like fentanyl), have increased over six times since 1999. They’re getting close to an average of almost 1,000 deaths per week in the US.

“Addiction is not a choice that anybody makes.
It’s not a moral failure.
It’s not an ethical lapse.
It’s not a weakness of character;
it’s not…


My Experience of the SKY Breath Meditation Practice

Mudita Chaturvedi, one of the author’s SKY Breath Meditation teachers

Just like millions of others, the reality of the Covid-19 lockdowns had made the danger more real in my mind: facing the possibility that I, a relatively healthy mature lady, would perhaps not live through another year, and I could face a nasty, oxygen-deprived ending. I became dogged by growing patterns of anxiousness, which were destroying my sleep and my well-being.

My growing stress was exacerbated by other pressures; not least fleeing from occasional tropical storms in my RV while based on the Florida panhandle, together with some ongoing personal relationship challenges.

I was fortunate. I was a volunteer camped…


For most of us, it’s a mix of both

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We often find it easy to criticize others when we feel we’re on a righteous or virtuous path to greater growth. Yet by criticizing others we are not truly being loving. We’ve fallen into another egoic trap. Once again we topple off our self-made, illusory pedestal!

Love can overcome our fears but sometimes it’s subtle. Our fears may be veiled in self-righteous criticism. Can we let others be without putting them down?

Here‘s some food for thought on where we might fall into the trap of being righteous or critical of others, especially when they are not on a similar…


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Being a Life and Leadership Coach keeps me very curious about human behavior. I was eager to read What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing jointly authored by Oprah Winfrey and neuroscientist Dr Bruce Perry; especially because there’s someone in my life who experienced trauma from two main care-givers at a very early age.

Through deep dives into my own life experiences, and by helping others to do the same, I already knew that our adult behavior is strongly influenced by the beliefs and programming we soak up from those around us during our formative years.

Oprah…


Helping the homeless to transition to Tiny Home communities is a great example of this

Opportunity Village, Eugene OR

We can help others who have fallen on hard times by recognizing them as valued and respected fellow-humans in a practical way.

People often need to find a way forward to feel empowered, to feel safe and become enabled to make a worthwhile contribution to their local community; provided they are ready and willing for this step forward in their lives.

A small gesture may give people a glimmer of light which could radically change their perspective. A bigger gesture can enable positive change in their lives to happen quickly. For example the gesture of providing a community of tiny homes for the homeless.

Opportunity Village in Eugene, Oregon, was created by Square One Villages.org as a village of the tiniest of tiny homes. This community is a group of safe shelters in which its occupants can feel safe and have a base they can call home. This is a heartening example of a much-needed, big humane gesture, made possible by…


Consider these five points

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Are you working really hard in your workplace but not being appreciated?

Consider these:

  1. Are you doing this job for yourself, knowing it feels ‘right’ for you no matter what others say or do? Be careful not to be a people-pleaser. You could be trying to please people in work, or pleasing your parents’ long-held expectations of you, or perhaps answering the expectations of your spouse.
  2. Love and appreciate your self, never wholly depend on others to do that. Receiving praise and gratitude is nice, but if we depend on others for our appreciation and value, we become co-dependent on them.
  3. Practice self-care and life balance. Do not over-work in an effort…

My mother’s final message did not require words.

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My duties as my mother’s only daughter became more intense in her 89th year, as we strived for her to continue living in her own apartment, albeit with daily visits from nurses, home helpers and me.

During the last 24 months Mum had survived a major hip injury and returned to her home. Together we had gotten through the rigors of intense and intimate skin therapy for her persistent psoriasis.

Much of my life revolved around Mum at that time. That meant letting go of some other aspects of my life, but I valued our times together during those final…


College Behind Bars documentary reveals the untapped human potential of the incarcerated.

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What happens if incarcerated men and women are given a second chance at life’s opportunities; in particular a better, higher education?

It’s been clearly proven that those who are able to access such an opportunity return to society as well-educated individuals with a new sense of integrity, compassion, worthiness and personal determination to live a better life. This was made clear in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary College Behind Bars. The four-part documentary follows long-term prison inmates in New York State who become graduates via one of the most rigorous and effective prison education programs in the United States — the Bard Prison Initiative.

Long-term prisoners in the United States enter their jail sentence having been labeled as a threat to society…

Janet Lesley Powers

Janet Lesley Powers, Life & Leadership Coach. Writing to nurture our Deepest Truth and Conscious Evolution.

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