Shining a Light into the Darkness

I’ll admit it. I’ve been counting down the days until this year’s Winter Solstice. As the sun sets around 4:20 each afternoon, and darkness envelops the windows of NICABM, I find myself longing for more hours of daylight. Is it any wonder, then, that images of light and dark play such a prominent role in so many winter holiday celebrations? The celebration of Hanukkah commemorates the miraculous supply of oil that kept lights burning for eight days following the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. The Christian tradition celebrates light coming into the world in the form of a child….

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Why The Most Popular New Year’s Resolution May Be More Important than You Think

If I was a betting person I’d be willing to wager that, if you asked around at your New Year’s party last night, you found at least one person whose resolution was to hit the gym more in the coming year. And I’d bet that if you asked them why, they’d mentioned the extra pounds they’ve been putting on. I think my odds of winning would be pretty good, too. Getting more exercise is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, especially after the food-fueled holidays. But there are more benefits to exercising than just losing weight. For example,…

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Work That Makes a Difference

“What difference does my work make?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? I’m guessing it’s one that many people might ask themselves from time to time. Here at NICABM, we’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives by creating expert training programs for practitioners. But there’s more to it than that. From the very beginning, one of our core values has been to give back to people who are in need. So at this time of year, I like to take some time to look back and see how well we’ve lived up to that commitment. And I…

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How to Recapture the Mystery and Wonder of Small Moments

Life can get busy – chaotic even. And amidst the chaos, it can be easy to miss the small moments of wonder that are truly life-giving. Here’s a story from Rachel Remen, MD about a doctor who had his eyes opened in a powerful way. In fact, he says that experience freed him from the cynicism, depression, and frustration he’d been carrying for years. Take a look – it’s under 5 minutes. Doctors aren’t the only ones who can miss these holy moments, it’s therapists, teachers, and parents – it’s all of us. Now I’d like to hear from you….

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Thank You, You Saved My Life

What’s the most encouraging feedback you’ve ever received from a client you’ve worked with? My friend, Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT, remembers the day he received a powerful thank you message from someone he’d never even met. Bill is a psychotherapist, a dynamic, inspirational professional speaker (you might remember him from the Hilton Head conference,) and prolific author (over 30 books so far). He often joins me as a guest expert in our programs at NICABM, and his passion is to motivate people and organizations to determine what they are meant to be doing, and then to remove the barriers to succeeding…

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If you are an expert . . .

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t the best place to start because it seems many people don’t believe the word expert applies to them. But hear me out, because I think that’s a significant problem. I come across far too many gifted practitioners, people with important ideas – ideas that could change people’s lives – yet they just don’t feel like experts. At the same time, all too often I’ve seen people who have simply read a book, or gone to a workshop, (people who know far less than you do) and voila! Suddenly they’re an instant expert. I’ll bet you’ve…

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