Grief, Laughter and Healing

Greetings my dear Hypnolings, I suppose my prolonged silence qualifies this as Rich’s Blog 3.1, but we ’ll call the past few weeks ‘research’ and give ourselves the benefit of the doubt. If the English theologian John Ray is correct and ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions,” that makes me a highway [...]

The Liberating Power of Forgiveness

Let’s face it, no matter how squared-away you may be in most areas of your life, I am willing to wager that deep down you harbor one or two special hurts or negative memories that you continue to carry like a cask of precious jewels. You hate how the memory makes you feel, but you [...]

The Rituals of Death as an Affirmation of Life

This past Saturday I had occasion to attend the funeral of Leo Balcer, the father of one of my childhood friends. This was a full Roman Catholic affair held at the local cathedral and was complete with an honor guard from the Knights of Columbus. I refer to myself as a ‘Recovering Catholic’ and it [...]

Mindfulness, Loss and Acceptance

The following short post from Without Fear, There is no Courage speaks volumes about how precious every moment and the people who are in it truly are; the pain of loss and the courage to allow acceptance into our lives: The power of emotional connections between human beings is quite an extraordinary thing.  It's the [...]

Inner Peace of Inner Pieces?

We love to dream, make plans and work toward goals, that we think will make our life better, or at least, make life more the way we think it should be. Dreams and goals are important and valuable because they keep us from getting complacent and drive us forward in a (hopefully) positive direction. Someone [...]

Life, Death and the Choices In Between

Life is About Choices Our lives are a continuous series of daily choices, and the consequences of our choices should be intentional. Are you a bystander watching your life events unfold in a random fashion? Or do you recognize and make deliberate choices? Another question becomes, when you make a choice are you considering simply [...]

When Relationships End

Breaking Up is Hard to Do People seek counseling, especially for the first time, for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps someone close to them suggested they get help; other people look to counseling to help them cope with an event or issue they are finding overwhelming or difficult to resolve. A very common reason [...]