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Well, if You're Such a Genius...

Last weekend was my first official Genius Bootcamp--as a facilitator.  WOW!  I had forgotten how powerful this workshop is!  Not really--after all, that's why I wanted to teach it in the first place.  But it was amazing to watch each participant come to some really big realizations, discover direction, and put their trust in God to lead the way.  They all seemed so appreciative of me, but I was so appreciative of them.  I have wanted to teach this class for five years.  I got to the point where I figured it would never happen.  It turns out that I needed these last five years to give me the experience I would need to be an effective instructor.  I simply didn't have enough practice with the principles before hand, especially in terms of handling discouragement and grief.  The last five years have given me that!

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Who Is Influencing You?

We have really been going the rounds as a family.  Fighting, bickering, blaming, yelling, screaming, shouting (and that's just Mom!).  We've tried talking about the inappropriateness of the behavior, emphasizing positive qualities of our kids to their irritated siblings, and praying for guidance as to what to do.  We have made efforts to increase our family prayer and scripture study, relying on the promise that increasing our time in the scriptures would increase the Spirit in our home.  To be fair, those efforts have all but disappeared during the summer, but it was a serious concern for us even as we made diligent efforts.  The contention seemed to be ever-present, even when (even while!) we were regularly studying. But in talking to one of my daughters about this problem, I may have hit on an aspect of it that we haven't addressed before.

She was particularly upset with one of her sisters.  I asked her how she thought Heavenly Father felt about that sister.  What words…

An Incredible Journey

When my third baby was born, I decided on a natural birth.  No meds.  In preparation for this birth, I took classes that included self-hypnosis and visualization exercises.  I give that brief intro just as a little bit of background, since this post is about visualization, not about natural child-birth.  At any rate, that is the point in my life where this mental journey started.

The visualization exercises included one where I was to create in my mind a peaceful place, someplace I could mentally "go" to keep my body relaxed in all stages of labor.  My peaceful place was a little stone cottage on top of a windswept cliff, overlooking the ocean.  But the focus of my visualization was the flower garden surrounding the cottage.  It was a beautiful, English style garden, filled with roses, lavender, peonies, and other floral beauties that I could never name.  Stone paths wound in and out of the flower beds, and there was an ornate iron bench in an open area of the garden.  As I…