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Heather Edwards Psychotherapist and Coach

Kung Fu Your Energy – Get Healthy with Open Awareness

As a kid, my sleeping imagination had no limits. My dreams were vibrant, colorful, moving, exciting, emotional, and physical. There were monsters, heroes, allies, and adventures. I could see, taste, touch, smell, and feel the twists and turns of events.  My unconscious mind was free to wander, explore, create, and fantasize. The governor, censor, parental control, and filter of any sort was non-existent as far as I could tell.  In the morning, the sensations from the intensity of my dreams lingered for a moment, leaving me wondering about the truth of their reality. Sometimes they scared me.  Sometimes they filled me with joy. Regardless of the theme, their dynamic, flowing, saturated richness left a lasting impression. And then, KAPOW! Hello, reality. Time for school. That wild imagination was...

Heather Edwards Psychotherapist and Coach

3 Ways to Make the Law of Attraction Work for You

You got the inside scoop on The Secret. You know that horrible dream where you’re in class and its exam day but you forgot to attend school all semester? You’re in a panic because you’re not prepared!  Well, you might feel panic now as you realize The Secret, on its own, doesn’t work. The universe isn’t manifesting your dreams without a little kick. The Law of Attraction isn’t enough. Hello, universe! You practice the Law of Attraction everyday - wishing, meditating, praying.  But you're intentions haven’t manifested!  Well, it's not surprising. What the experts didn't tell you is that the Law of Attraction is only part of the better-life-equation. There is power in positive thinking. That’s been proven. It helps to restructure our brain and trigger the flow of feel-good...

Feelings are Your Deeper Truth

Don’t you hate it when you’re having a good day then you’re T-boned by loneliness, fear, or guilt? Pump the brakes! What just happened? In the intersection of a pretty decent life, you’re suddenly reeling with negativity. If you are a living, breathing, wanting, moving, evolving human being - negative emotions will be part of the fully-wakeful-ever-expanding-consciousness-raising-life-experience-package. They can stop you in your tracks, or at least slow you down a bit.  But you can choose to take a closer look and use them as fuel to motivate and inspire you. Emotions are cues from your soul to make necessary changes in your life. When you pause to acknowledge them, back up and say hello to them, you can see them as such. They are internal informants that something...

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Three Toxins That Kill Happiness – and what to do about them.

As I sit down to write this blog I'm struck by three repeated conversations with clients, family, and friends.  Most of us have clarity about how we want to feel - happy, free, grounded. But instead we end up frustrated, overwhelmed, and burdened.  We get stuck and confused about how to internalize positivity in an enduring way. In the quest for the seemingly elusive states of calm and happiness, several common toxins manifest. But you can change them!  Take stock of your life and notice which ones are preventing you from living fully.  Here are the top three culprits...

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Psychology Today – Regret: 8 Ways to Move On

Regret, Feeling Stuck and Breaking Free Post published by Mark Banschick M.D. on May 01, 2015 in Psychology Today. Whoopsie!  You screwed up royally. You behaved in a way that negatively impacted you, a situation, or the people you love. You can’t let go of the guilt and self loathing for what you did. You believe you must be a bad person. You’re feeling stuck, undeserving of love and happiness, and downright fraudulent. You’ve convinced yourself you’re a monster. The negative thoughts and feelings that accompany the memories of that-thing-that-you-did are creating more problems. You’re damaging yourself – your low self worth causes increased stress and depression. You’re damaging your relationships – believing you don’t deserve to be loved actually builds walls between you and the people most important in your...

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Courage. Flow. Abundance.

Through the years of my practice, people have asked me how I do the intensive work that I do. This question perplexes me. I wonder the opposite.  How could I not do what I do? I am inspired by the healing, wanting, dreaming, changing, and transforming that happens in the therapy and coaching room everyday.  The person who leaves my office is not the same person who entered it 45 minutes earlier. They have a new insight, idea, peace, or focus to carry with them into the world. Yes, it is sometimes difficult work. And always challenging. It ebbs and flows.  But when you meet someone where they are, whether it's a high point or low one, it validates them. It invites them to go somewhere else...

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Spring Cleaning: Manifesting your ideal self

The frozen earth thaws. The snow turns to water nourishing the budding trees and sprouting crocus.  The first signs of spring emerge.  A renewed energy bursts forth. The spring warmth comes, albeit overdue. It’s been a long, cold winter in New York City. If you’re anything like me, you’re longing for the sunny, carefree days ahead. Oh, but wait - we have a tons of work to do. That mountain high to-do list is staring us in the face like the one-eyed-one-horned-flying-purple-people-eater!  It seems monstrous, right? Well, even that purple people eater made his wish come true, according to Sheb Wooley. Most of us are results-driven-future-seekers.  We fast-forward to the end. Our long term goal is crystal clear - whether its earning more money, losing weight, or living a healthier lifestyle....

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Got Regret? 8 Tips to free yourself from emotional prison

Whoopsie!  You screwed up royally.  You behaved in a way that negatively impacted you, a situation, or the people you love.  You can’t let go of the guilt and self loathing for what you did.  You believe you must be a bad person.  You’re feeling stuck, undeserving of love and happiness, and downright fraudulent. You’ve convinced yourself you’re a monster. The negative thoughts and feelings that accompany the memories of that-thing-that-you-did are creating more problems.  You’re damaging yourself - your low self worth causes increased stress and depression.  You’re damaging your relationships - believing you don’t deserve love builds walls between you and the people most important in your life - it blocks genuine intimacy. You’re damaging your career, health, spirit, and future happiness by holding...

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Psychology Today: Overcoming Fear

This article was featured in Psychology Today on January 7, 2015.  Click here to see it on PT!   Get Past Your Fear:Psychology 101 teaches students everywhere that besides food, water, and air, the most basic of human needs is SAFETY. Just watching the news can be traumatizing.  News and media build their audience by sensationalizing real and/or perceived threats to their viewers’ personal and public safety. We’re easily captivated by the shock and horror of natural disasters and man’s relentless capability to commit heinous acts (like terrorism or videos of beheading etc.).Headlines can scare us, like the recent massacre in Paris. They grab our attention, shake us up, anddare us to let go. We must be able to learn what we need to know, and yet live our lives. Our psyche...

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Psychology Today – Power Thoughts that Change Lives

This article was originally published in Psychology Today on January 4, 2015.  Click here for link! Making a Fresh Start: Whether you kicked metaphorical a** or languished in distraction and misdirection, a fresh start for an abundant life is on the horizon. In fact,everyday offers a real opportunity. So, let's get ready for new beginnings with this new year. Let go of the frustrations, pitfalls, or unexpected roadblocks that occurred in 2014.  If it was a good year, use your accomplishments – no matter how small or seemingly mundane – as fuel for a BREAKTHROUGH year in 2015. The Power of Intention: EMBRACE intention. BELIEVE that you can and will make steady gains toward a more fulfilled life. Let go of anger, fear, and regret. CHOOSE to focus on the good....

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