Marilyn Paul, PhD
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Welcoming the Self

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Clutter, lateness, and disorder are all fantastic ways to reject ourselves.  We walk into our bedroom with clothes on the floor, or in a pile on a chair, and tell ourselves, “What a mess you are!!” That hurts, and it doesn’t really motivate us to clear up the piles.  We don’t want the…(Read More)

I came into the house yesterday with so many items in my arms that they threatened to spray over onto the floor as I walked into the house. My son’s sweatshirt, two water bottles, a snack bag, a frozen lunch container, a bag of purchases, my keys, my wireless headset, the newspaper, a magazine…(Read More)

Not Present At My Own Party

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When I turned forty, I was still single and I decided to throw a big party for myself.  I invited all my friends and family, friends from childhood and college.  A bash with great food and good wine. I planned ahead – or so I thought.  I created a wonderful menu of delicious dishes, most…(Read More)

Spilt Milk

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We are living for the year in Northern California, where the tomatoes are juicy, the peaches are heavenly and the overall quality of the food is just outstanding.  As I tried to up the health level of my family, I decided to try GrassMilk for our family.  GrassMilk is from grass fed cows.  No, of…(Read More)

Do something difficult right this minute.  Take five minutes, or ten minutes.  Take that hard thing which is weighing on you a little bit.  Focus on it.  This will bring up some fear, worry, or a feeling of incompetence.  That is why you have been avoiding this thing. If not right now, do it before…(Read More)

This morning, before I sat down to work, I did the dishes, wiped down the counters, and put loose items away.  Slowly my kitchen quieted down.  The space looked open, clean and cleared off. Kitchens that look like this used to puzzle me.  I would go into someone’s home and notice that clean and…(Read More)

I got so much done yesterday. It was one of those fast, non-stop days. I paused for nothing.  I got my son, Jonathan, to camp, I packed for Israel, I worked on my book outline, I went to several meetings.  It seemed like a great day at the time. And yet, when I finally…(Read More)

I was up late last night, watching dramatic fireworks in Newton, Massachusetts.  The night was hot and the fireworks spectacular.  What a show!  With fireworks and gatherings we celebrate our freedoms and the overthrow of the British dictator, King George the Third.  He was not viewed as a dictator by the British, but by the…(Read More)

Temper, Temper

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Each of us has something that triggers frustration and sometimes anger. Our anger can lead us to misdirect energy down an emotional sinkhole. This is not a post about emotional suppression, though; it’s more about becoming more aware of how we use our energy. My challenge right now is my son Jonathan. But think…(Read More)

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