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The Deathbed Question

No, you are not 30 but instead 80 and lying on your deathbed. And now you are looking back on your life…What will you think of it? What will you say to yourself? —Viktor Frankl Hi everyone! Welcome to our first book discussion question post! As I’ve been reading the book, I’ve stumbled upon certain quotes that really made me...[ read more ]

Transforming Anxiety into Excitement

Last week I was listening to an episode of the Ezra Klein Show about how we make our emotions. (You can check out the podcast here. I highly recommend it.) She told a story about how her daughter was trying out for her black belt, and her sensai said to her before the test: “Let your butterflies fly in formation.”...[ read more ]

Today is National Stress Awareness Day!

Today is National Stress Awareness Day! One of the biggest things I see in my practice is how stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand. Though they are two separate things, relieving stress can also in turn alleviate anxiety. (For 6 tips to reduce stress and relieve anxiety, check out this blog post.) One great way to relieve stress is to practice...[ read more ]

Introducing the Luminous Book Club!

Hi, everyone! I’m not sure if “introducing” is the right word, but here we are! The last few weeks I have been thinking about things that I love and how to share that with you. I love reading. I read a lot of books related to therapy and psychology, but also about the art and science of being human. I...[ read more ]

6 Ways to Reduce Stress and Relieve Anxiety

Changing your habits can be hard. That’s why I believe that instead of focusing on changing a bunch of habits, instead pick 1 or 2 new habits to start on your journey to less anxiety and more peace. Here are 6 habits/things you can deploy today to reduce anxiety, relieve stress, and increase overall well-being. GET 7-9 HOURS OF SLEEP...[ read more ]

15 Common Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety looks different for every person, but there are common symptoms that people exhibit when they’re highly anxious. Do any of these look familiar to you? You are constantly thinking and overthinking—and sometimes, they’re the same thoughts over and over. You’re having a hard time falling asleep at night. You have on-going digestive issues; you and your doctor can’t find...[ read more ]

Neuroscience Part 2: The Magical Theta Wave

BRAIN WAVES AND YOU This is a love letter to the theta wave. Hopefully it doesn’t get too sappy. Our brains generate electricity. According to an article in Scientific American, our brains can generate as much as 10 watts of electrical power. In other words, your brain could power 1/4 of a 40 watt lightbulb! Isn’t that exciting? (Answer: Sort...[ read more ]

What Can Hypnoanalysis Treat?

So, what can hypnoanalysis treat? In order to answer that question, we have to take a look at how hypnoanalysis works. Hypnoanalysis is the most advanced form of therapeutic hypnosis that has the capability to identify and heal the underlying cause of your problem. Hypnoanalysis differs from both traditional talk therapies and hypnotherapy. Traditional talk therapies do not access the...[ read more ]

The Neuroscience of Hypnosis: Part 1

What in the world is going on in your brain when you’re in a state of hypnosis? There is a growing field of research looking at the neuroscience of hypnosis—and the results are both promising and very, very cool. One of my favorite studies looked at the brains of highly hypnotizable people, and what parts of the brain are altered...[ read more ]

What A Typical Hypnosis Session Looks Like In My Office

You’ve decided you want to give hypnotherapy a whirl, and you’re probably have a lot of questions like: how does a hypnoanalyst (aka Brita the hypnoanalyst) hypnotize me? What sort of equipment does the hypnoanalyst use? What does a typical therapy session look like in a hypnoanalyst’s office? These, my friends, are great questions. My goal for this blog post...[ read more ]

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