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There is always light. If only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it. Amanda Gorman Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2023 at Austin Serenity
“Yielding is the way of the Tao” 2nd line of Verse 40, Tao Te Ching I like to go to the creek near my house after a rare event of rain and watch the water rushing by. I notice the reedy plants at the water’s edge. They bend over from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Austin Serenity
When we feel bad we slide into the familiar When you try to change a behavior that feels out of control or is causing you harm, does it seem impossible? Let’s say you are frustrated that your knees and ankles give you problems from the extra weight you put on.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Austin Serenity
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Buddha I’ve been struggling with a problem. Rather than go into the details of my story, I would like to reflect for a bit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Austin Serenity
“Have I not told you how anger is like electricity?... Anger can strike like lightning and split a living tree in two. …Or it can be channeled, transformed. A switch can be flipped and it can shed light like a lamp.” Mahatma Gandhi ANGER is one of our most misunderstood... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Austin Serenity
It’s no surprise that we may feel a mixed bag of emotions as the holidays approach- excitement, anticipation, and joy along with, perhaps, anxious thoughts or feeling rushed, fatigued, let down, grumpy, or overwhelmed. After all, the number of things on our ‘to do’ list tends to go up at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Austin Serenity
Think how many times we avoid a certain action because we don’t believe we are up to the task. Here are a few specific tips to overcome the limits we place on ourselves. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Austin Serenity
Whether it’s your hypercritical in-laws, your hostile roommate, or your controlling sister - it can feel impossible to get along with certain folks! Let’s assume that for now this difficult person is going to be in your life. How might you improve your interactions with this person when things get toxic? Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Austin Serenity
We make life feel more challenging than it has to by fretting about things that are off in the future or re-hashing things that happened in the past. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at Austin Serenity
Common folk wisdom has told us that laughter is 'good medicine'. Yogi's have known intuitively for thousands of years that deep "belly laughing" is good for you. Now, science is catching up and beginning to show how laughing helps us. Recent studies show that the muscle movements required for a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2012 at Austin Serenity
"We hear a lot about the pain of samsara, and we also hear about liberation. But we don't hear much about how painful it is to go from being completely stuck to becoming unstuck. The process of becoming unstuck requires tremendous bravery, because basically we are completely changing our way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Austin Serenity
"Don't turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you" Rumi Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Austin Serenity
"Within you lies a piece of God that instinctively knows what to do and how to be. Trust yourself" Wayne Dyer Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Austin Serenity
"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of failing or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Austin Serenity
by Dianne Fish, LPC (512) 636-7500 Everyone drinks- right? It sure seems that way when Friday rolls around and the office gears up for happy hour; your friends plan the evening around which bars to go to; the event you are attending starts with drinks and ends with nightcaps. Well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Austin Serenity
Below are a few very good resources to help you view your emotions as helpful tools rather than overwhelming problems. These authors fresh perspectives and practical skills to help us work with our emotions and reduce our reactivity and suffering. Pema Chodron Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Austin Serenity
Feeling overwhelmed and in a cloud of worry? Finding it hard to breath when you think about your upcoming week? Who doesn’t have too many items on his or her mental ‘to do’ list? Today’s technology may provide a world of information at your fingertips, but have you noticed it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at Austin Serenity
Tips to easily identify when you are cultivating connection in a relationship. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2011 at Austin Serenity
by Dianne Holliday Fish, MA, LPC Many have heard the wise saying “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”. Buddhists refer to such suffering as “duhkha”. I interpret this saying to mean that we are all likely to experience some events and emotions in life that we find painful. However, many... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at Austin Serenity
Maybe she tapped into an intuitive wisdom when my Mom encouraged me to go outside when I was feeling down. I recall a favorite tree in the backyard that I would climb when feeling lonely, sad, or out of sorts. The next time you notice your mood shifting to heavy,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Austin Serenity
By Dianne Holliday Fish, MA, LPC If it’s a stressful day, what do you reach for first? It’s not unusual in our culture to reach for that second (or third?) cup of coffee, or a soda-type drink high in processed sugar along with caffeine and other stimulants. A little more... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Austin Serenity
When you get a good night’s sleep, you are better prepared to handle the challenges of the next day. Stress, anxiety, anger, and an over stimulated mind all work against your desire to have a good night’s sleep. These tips from Dianne Holliday Fish, MA, LPC can help. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Austin Serenity
This article helps you recognize signs of stress and provides techniques to help you reduce anxiety. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Austin Serenity
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Oct 5, 2010