Learning how to heal trauma.

Recognizing our natural reactions. Trauma. My natural reaction to the word is to close in, back away and shut up. It is not comfortable for me to talk about suffering and I don’t like to talk about things that are not comfortable. I was born into a culture and a family where we didn’t spend a lot of time talking about our emotions or our reactions. I learned to be resilient. I handed my suffering to God and moved on … Read More

Creating Space for Gender Equality

We all react. I have surrounded myself with great, intelligent men. I consider them my peers, I value their insight and I rely on their counsel. Yet they frustrate me with their decisiveness and their different perspectives. I react. In turn, they react to my impatience and frustration – sometimes with avoidance, sometimes with frustration. Bottom line – we don’t maximize our effectiveness. Through my work with Logosynthesis, I have come to appreciate that the exercise is for me to … Read More

Transitions. Recognizing change.

This morning I read a post written by Dr. Willem Lammers, the founder of Logosynthesis, on work he is developing in the area of life transitions. As always, I am interested in applying the concepts to my everyday life.  Top of mind is the current labour dispute between government and the teachers union in Nova Scotia. Here are some thoughts for consideration: Kicked out of comfort zones: According to Willem, we tend to cope in life by avoiding discomfort and finding stability through coping techniques, … Read More

We should care about our children.

I live in Nova Scotia and on Monday, my children will not be attending school as a labour dispute between teachers and the province escalates. I am observing the reactions from the perspective of my lessons in Logosynthesis and I am going to offer a few words in an attempt to broaden the conversation.  The common theme on social media is ‘If you care about our children you would …’. Yes, we should all care about our children! But our reactions … Read More

The reactive parent

I believe we all want to be good parents but what we hold in our heads and our hearts isn’t always in line with the behaviour we exhibit. As parents, we hold fantasies of how our children should be based on our beliefs and past experiences.  And when things aren’t as we had imagined, we react.  Often we are not even aware of what triggers our reactions. What are some of our fantasies?  ‘My child will be the best athlete or the … Read More

What triggers my reactions in parenting?

Losing my cool as a parent! As a parent, I truly want to do a great job raising my children. However, I admit that I get stressed.  I have been known to raise my voice and lose my cool when things don’t go as I feel they should.  I know what I should be doing and how to do it but in the moment, all good intentions are put aside and I react. The key motivator for me to work on … Read More

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