3 Essential Oil Protocols for Depression

More than 17 million Americans are affected by depression each year. Nearly everyone feels depressed from time to time. And there are circumstances in life that create situational depression, such as death, loss of job, illness, and so on. Generally, this type of depression passes after a relatively short period of time. Clinical depression, on the other h...

Emotional Dangers Beneath the Surface

While on vacation in Mexico years ago, our family toured a swamp near the ocean that was said to house a 25-foot crocodile. A young, small Mexican man was our guide. With enthusiasm, he walked my family (and a few others) onto a wooden ramp that sat a foot or so above the muddy water and had a railing made of logs. Walking forward I kept my eyes o...

3 Tips to Build Success through Trust

"A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else," -Cardinal De Retz. No matter the dream, establishing strong and trusting relationships--with others and ourselves--is a fundamental part of creating dreams. Why? Because relationships are all that matter. And ultimately, our relationship with ourselves determines the outco...

Working and Playing Balance

One morning when my kids were home from school for summer vacation I found them in front of the TV eating popcorn and Starburst candy, tossing wrappers on the floor and lazily kicking back. Like the nun in the children's cartoon, Madeline, I raised my finger and said, "Something is not right!" Though we all like to sleep in, lay around, watch TV, and ...

The Price of Pride

A few years ago, I caught portions of a television show about the life of C. S. Lewis, the much-admired and universally respected author of the nineteenth century. I learned from the hour-long documentary that Lewis believed the father of all sins is pride. This thought left me pondering the price of pride and how it affects our relationships, our emotiona...

3 Tips for Personal Freedom

When it comes to healing, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing defines, "The Law of Least Effort," as this: Accepting people, situations, and events as they occur. Taking responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems and relinquishing the need to defend your point of view. How can we use this formula to make an e...

Heal Lives & Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of ...

Managing Emotions

Managing Emotions By Rebecca Hintze Decades ago, when I took my first class about managing emotions, I learned a long list of negative emotions. I memorized them as part of my homework, and to this day, I can still run through that list in my mind in a matter of seconds. They are: "Overwhelm, fear, terror, guilt, shame, anger, burden, betrayal, jealousy...