Saturday, June 6, 2020

Thou Shalt Feel Inadequate

Madison Avenue is a very powerful aggression against private consciousness. A demand that you yield your private consciousness to public manipulation. —Marshall McLuhan One primary engine of the modern world is the selling of things, services and ideas. Enormous problems arise for us when we fail to recognize the insidiousness of the advertisements/messages that are […]

Mental Holocaust

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I am currently reading Healthy Selfitude by NORMAL President Robyn Hussa and this month I am more aware of the shift toward mindfulness but also realize that as an African American that grew up in the Protestant church how foreign this concept may come across. I would like to speak to you as you consider […]

addiction & mindfulness

There are layers of emotional pain that underlie addiction. Thus, recovery from addiction requires that we learn to manage and deal effectively (i.e. in healthy and growthful ways) with emotional pain, rather than trying to numb ourselves or escape from it via addictive substances/activities. Let’s pause for a moment to think about and reflect on […]

All This Talk of Mindfulness … What IS IT?

Partially re-posted from my “Eating Disorders in Schools” blog on Gurze publications. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn of the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”*  When I teach students about mindfulness I explain that it is an important part […]

deciding to live consciously and creatively

Effective therapy in NYC and beyond is about helping people create new realities in their lives—internally AND externally. And creating new realities starts with a decision to participate consciously and creatively in the present moment. Deciding to step into a conscious/creative mindset is so subtle as to almost be unrecognizable as an action that we […]

I’m a STAR today because….

November is the time to become your own CHAMPION.  This is a month where you should start to express gratitude towards YOURSELF.  Let me tell you why I think this is important. Have you ever been in a relationship (i.e., business or personal) where the other person is extremely critical of you? Are they constantly […]

The Variety of Addictive Experiences

We welcome Chris Kingman, LCSW to the Real Deal as a regular Contributor with this post!  WATRD Editor.  Taking an historical perspective often illuminates complexity while simultaneously deepening our understanding of the subject in question. In thinking about addiction, it is valuable to remind ourselves that human beings have been failing miserably in their attempts […]

The Real Me Photo Shoot

So, over the last year, I embarked on a challenge for myself … to experience more “yield” in my life and less “push.”  In so doing, I resisted going to the gym for an entire year (read more about that here).  Going to the gym (for me) means “pushing” — running, sweating, grunting to lift […]

#9: Stoke Somebody!

This is the ninth of 108 tips to Livin’ the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time. #9 of 108: Stoke Somebody! “No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up.” John Andrew Holmes People are always trying to tell you about […]

We Are Supposed to Have Flaws!!

Special thanks to Arianna’s Random Thoughts for this interview with WATRD Editor (who added a few extra pics for fun!!) Today Robyn Hussa  is sharing with us about perseverance. I first connected with  Robyn when I was interested in getting involved with the blog, We Are The Real Deal, where she is the Editor. I’m a […]

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