Category Archives: Inspiration

Body & Brain Connection

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. “Don’t trust your fears. They don’t know how strong you really are.”  ~ Dr. Kate Truitt Turning to face my fear, I meet the warrior who lives within…. Today is Clinical Hypnosis Day!  I have incorporated Clinical Hypnosis into my work with adults, children, and teens for over 10 years. Clinical

Willingness to Experience Aloneness

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. Willing to experience aloneness, I discover connection everywhere….– Jennifer Paine Welwood As I reflect on what Mental Health Awareness Month means in this COVID-19 year, these words have special meaning. “Willing to experience aloneness” – wow, really?!? That’s a tough thing to do in such a lonely and isolating time.

Courage and Compassion

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher I’ve been seeing a lot of courage these days! I’m guessing you have too.  The courage of our health care and other front line

Reflections on Gratitude and Tenderness

by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D. “There are no promises. Look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. What truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.” ~Pema Chodron In daily conversations with my cherished Institute team, my friends and family members, I’m constantly struck by

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