Reconnecting to Self: How to Create a Better Relationship With...You!

Reconnecting to Self: How to Create a Better Relationship With...You!


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The most important relationship you will ever have is the relationship you have with yourself.

If you’re feeling anxious, sad, unfulfilled, or stuck in your life, it’s possible you have lost an important connection – your connection to your Self. Rebuilding this connection takes a little effort, but the benefits are worth it! As you move away from disconnection and into rediscovery of Self, you will begin to recognize the emotional patterns that hold you back, learn to transform your negative thoughts into supportive ones, and start to gain Self-trust and Self-awareness.

As you grow in your self-inquiry practice, you'll feel more confident, stress is reduced, and relationships with others improve. Your growth will lead toward attaining your full potential.

Drawing on wisdom from the fields of psychology and mindfulness, Reconnecting to Self provides a quiet, nurturing space away from your busy life to begin your healing journey. Beautiful, contemplative photographs from nature help you internalize each lesson and inspire you to find the small spaces in your everyday life to practice reconnecting.

The author, Susan K. Merrill, has a masters degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in southern California. Together with her brother, Dave Merrill, photographer and teacher of alternative healing practices in the Seattle area, they have created a book that is packed full of valuable insights highlighting the importance of our relationship with ourselves. It is written in an easy to understand style including short reflections to deepen your understanding of the concepts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692749296
Publisher: Susan Merrill
Publication date: 11/11/2016
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Dave Merrill's love of nature and meditation inspires his Healing Image Photography. He has had a passion for photography from an early age. Dave teaches alternative healing practices centered on breath and awareness in the Seattle area. His beautiful images capture the healing power of the present moment.

Susan K. Merrill is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Orange County, California. She has a masters degree in counseling psychology and specializes in the treatment of individuals who have experienced trauma using EMDR and couples counseling using Emotionally Focused Therapy. Susan shares her life with her husband and two cats.

Table of Contents

Preface, Introduction: Why Reconnecting to Your Self is Not Selfish, Chapter 1 - The Basics of Reconnection, Defining Self, Getting Started, Curiosity, Focusing Inward, Gaining Insight, Finding Your Self, Do It Anyway, Self Compassion, Tending to Your Inner World; Chapter 2 - How Our Thoughts Can Trip Us Up and What to Do About It, Noticing and Slowing Down Thoughts, Questioning Our Thoughts, Revising Problem Thoughts, Thought Patterns that Create Disconnection, Nasty Name Calling, Perfectionistic Thinking, Blaming, Black and White Thinking, Thinking Negatively, Discounting All the Positives, Mind Reading, Emotional Reasoning, Final Thoughts About Problem Thinking; Chapter 3 - You Can Change How You Feel, Defining Emotions, Emotional Pain, Stuck Emotions, Shutting Down, Emotions Are Fast, States or Traits, Surface and Underlying Emotions, Sore Spots, Conflicting Feelings, Stuffing our Feelings, Distractions and Numbing; Chapter 4 - Tips for Repairing Other Disconnects in Our Lives, Roles, Stories We Tell Ourselves, Identifying the Problem Correctly, Themes, Core Issue, Coping Strategies, What We Think Versus What Others Think, Mistakes and Growth; Chapter 5 - Continuing the Connection, Practice Honesty, Practice Making Changes, Practice Doing What Works - For You, Practice Asking for Help, Practice Laughter, Practice Being Your Own Best Friend, Practice Loving Yourself, Practice Reconnecting to Self; Photography Notes & Locations ; About the Author & Photographer

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