By: karengray | October 21, 2018

We all have it. Baggage is that emotional stuff that you have stuffed down and haven’t dealt with it. It’s like stuffing memories and feelings in a closet so that you don’t have to look at them.

It is a natural process that we all participate in, and it has many different names. It can be called avoidance, compartmentalizing, repressing, numbing, and others. But it all means the same thing. Something happened and you haven’t processed it yet, so you put it away to come back to later, when you are better able to deal with it.

But what happens when that closet overflows into your life? What happens when all those emotions come rushing back into the room?

Holding On...

All those things that you have been hiding away don’t just sit there quietly. T...

By: karengray | April 23, 2018

Most of us have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and many of us can probably tell you that it affects members of the military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel. Most folks know that PTSD is not something that you should mess with, and that those with PTSD need help to move through it.

The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include combat exposure, childhood physical abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, being threatened with a weapon, and accidents.

What most people don’t know is that many other traumatic events also can lead to PTSD, such as fire, natural disaster, mugging, robbery, plane crash, torture, kidnapping, life-threatening medical diagnosis, terrorist attack, and other extreme or life-threaten...

By: karengray | March 08, 2018

The fast-paced and super-connected world we live in now is taking its toll on all of us. Everyday we must navigate through a constant stream of emotionally-charged information, both from current events and the changes and challenges we face in our own lives.

Our subconscious mind stores information from emotional experiences to be used later as a reference when something similar comes up. You can think of this in the same way that we notice landmarks when visiting a new town. We store information about those landmarks so that when we travel that way again, we have a reference for what we can expect on that route, and we can navigate more easily.

Just like making a mental note of the landmarks, the subconscious mind records information about ...