The Art of Empathy Retreat at Esalen!

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The Art of Empathy Retreat at Esalen! Balancing Connection, Self-Care, and Healthy Intimacy October 1st to 6th, 2017 Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California Yes, you can get to Esalen! Empathy — for yourself and others — is a crucial skill at all times, and especially in times of trouble. Empathy is possibly your most essential skill, yet many of us struggle with it simply because we weren’t taught how … Read More

Welcome to Autism Acceptance Month!

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And Now We Celebrate! April 2nd is International Autism Awareness Day, but really, if you’re not aware of autism yet, where have you been? The cool kids have already moved on from mere awareness to inclusion, acceptance, and love. We’re celebrating Autism Acceptance Month. Many of my friends in the autism community find mere awareness campaigns to be painful, because the messages about autism tend to … Read More

Emotion Regulation helps you persevere

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Where do we go from here? We are in a new and deeply troubling world, where pundits, writers, philosophers, social scientists, and spiritual leaders are churning out endless opinion pieces about how we got here. We’ve all been consuming these opinions, and that’s a natural response. But I don’t know if it’s helping us regulate and ground ourselves. I don’t have an opinion piece yet; it’s … Read More

Healthy Empathy in Seattle!

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Healthy Empathy™ How to Give Without Giving it All Away Karla McLaren, M.Ed and Tino Plank, MSN, RN Friday & Saturday, September 23 & 24, 2016 Friday 7:30-9pm and Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm $100 East West Bookshop in Seattle Continuing Education credits are available (see below) Register Now Empathy is possibly your most essential skill, yet many of us struggle with it simply because we were … Read More

Emotional Genius in California!

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Emotions are possibly your greatest source of instincts, intelligence, and energy — and you can learn how to access the brilliance inside each of them! Join us in Petaluma, California on August 20th and 21st!

Stress is a weasel word – and maybe that’s good!

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Stress: What is it really? In The Language of Emotions, I talk about stress as a “weasel* word,” which is a word that people can use to hide emotional awareness from themselves. In one of the final chapters in my book (Stress and Resistance: Understanding Emotional Physics), we look at stress after we’ve learned about each of the emotions in depth — and we identify stress … Read More

You don’t have to be blue! It’s Autism Acceptance Eon!

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Celebrate the Full Spectrum! April 2nd is International Autism Awareness Day, but I have to say, if you’re not aware of autism yet, where have you been? The cool kids have already moved on from mere awareness to inclusion, acceptance, and love. We’re celebrating Autism Acceptance Day, Autism Acceptance Month, Autism Acceptance Year, Autism Acceptance Decade (and Autism Acceptance Eon, while we’re at it). Many of … Read More

The Myth of Positive Emotions

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The Myth of Positive Emotions is of course related to The Myth of Negative Emotions In my work with emotions, I don’t treat any emotion as better or worse than any other. Instead, I focus on why each emotion arises, what job it does, and how you can work with each and every emotion you have. When you can see your emotions as important parts of … Read More

The Myth of Negative Emotions

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The Myth of Negative Emotions is of course related to The Myth of Positive Emotions In my work with emotions, I focus on the intelligence, gifts, and skills that every emotion brings to you. I don’t leave any emotions out, and I don’t treat any emotion as better or worse than any other. This unified and ecological approach to emotions treats all emotions as vital, irreplaceable … Read More

Focusing on autism-positive approaches (to stave off despair)

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Your approach affects your data — strongly In my research for my master’s thesis (I received my M.Ed. in December), I did two things: I created the first-ever survey study that asked for autistic people’s responses to education that had been developed for them, and; I looked for autism-positive research that focused on autistic ways of learning. I did very well with my first project, and … Read More

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