Earning Your Own Self-Respect.

 

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Hola, Bonjour, Ciao, and all that jazz….welcome to The Studio:) 
I can feel it…I can feel when their mind starts churning. I wait patiently, and they say, “You ask hard questions.” 
I reply, “I know. I don’t mean to, but just chew on it a little longer. ” 
One of my most recent questions to clients, has actually been hard for me to swallow: still chewing on it, digesting it in very small pieces…
Question: What would you have to do, start doing, stop doing, or anything in between, to start earning your own self-respect?

 

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* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

Food for a Man’s Soul.

 

 

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Hola my friends, and welcome to The Studio:)   
My guest today is David Brooks, author of The Road to Character. David’s book is a key element in my work with male clients. 
I am fascinated at what happens when I ask male clients, “Where in your life have you been brave or courageous?” and they look me as if I’m speaking a foreign language.
When the “Man Plan” gets proposed, and I bring up traits such as confidence, integrity, and inner strength, they inevitably ask, with the utmost sincerity, “How do I get that?” 
I asked a client the other day, “What does it mean to be a man today, in 2017?” 
He didn’t know, and I understand the challenges of that question, BUT it’s a question worth exploring. 
It’s a question of utmost importance for the survival of our country. Because being a man matters. 
If you find yourself connecting to the excerpt below: The Road to Character is a must read. It’s food for a man’s soul. 

 

Years pass and the deepest parts of yourself go unexplored and unstructured. You are busy, but you have a vague anxiety that your life has not achieved its ultimate meaning and significance. You live with an unconscious boredom, not really loving, not really attached to the moral purposes that give life its worth. You lack the internal criteria to make unshakeable commitments. You never develop inner consistency, the integrity that can withstand popular disapproval or a serious blow. You find yourself doing things that other people approve of, whether these things are right for you or not. You do not have a strategy to build character, and without that, not only your inner life but also your external life will eventually fall to pieces. 
-The Road to Character

 

Ciao and enjoy!

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

M&M: Do you recognize love?

 

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Insight tastes good! 

 

 

Happy happy Monday! Let’s talk about love today, but before we begin, here is a beautiful excerpt from one of my new favorite television shows, This is Us, to help get us started. 

 

Oh to be given the chance
a start
a restart.
Will love come for you as it did for me?
Find you?
Wreck you?
Save you?
Change you?
And if love finds you
hunts you
captures you-
will you hold it tight?
Nurture it?
Protect it?
I hope you will.
I hope you can.

 

We all seem to think we know how to love- to give love- but do we know how to receive Love? Do we even recognize Love once it finds us? 
And we all seem to think Love feels good, therefore if something doesn’t feel good, we can easily dismiss Love when it tries to find us; missing Love’s beautiful nudges. 
With my clients struggling in addition, Love comes to wreck them. No, the wreckage doesn’t feel good, but when Love pushes one of my clients to his knees; it becomes the most loving thing to do…to awaken him. 
When Love takes away that which is no longer good for us- giving us the chance for a restart; it becomes the most loving thing to do. 
When my clients fear- fear the unknown- fear of an unknown life…when Love comes to capture them, to save them. To save them from the old, from the past, showing them potential for the future…no, that fear does not feel good; but it becomes the most loving thing to do. 
Love finds us. Love hunts, and captures us when we are not ready, and we are unprepared. It’s part of what Love does; it’s a skillful hunter, and part of the mystery. Love finds us when we didn’t ask for the arrival – but when Love comes…will you recognize it? 
How is Love nudging you? Trying to Love you? 
Will you be able to recognize Love…I hope you will…I hope you can. 
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* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

5 Mindful Ways to Overcome the F*ck-its

 

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Recovery (life) is more than just letting go of unwanted behaviors; you are developing inner character.
Hi Everyone! 
We all get the F*ck-its sometimes! 
Here is my latest article over at The Fix: 5 Mindful Ways to Overcome the F*ck-its
Enjoy! 

 

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

Opiate Solutions: A Suboxone Taper

 

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Hello my dear sweet friends! Welcome to The Studio today:) 

At some point, if you don’t already know someone struggling with opiate addiction, you may be faced with great controversy on the best approach for treatment. 

I am not an advocate for most medication; especially MAT (medication-assisted treatment). Even though I’ve been working with MAT for eight years, I am still not a fan. 

Actually, I take that back. I will support MAT if it’s used for what it was originally designed for (as a taper): but it’s not

We (as an industry), and with the rise of pharmaceutics; have all gotten in over our heads – but I do want to offer hope if you or a loved one finds themselves choosing MAT as an opiate solution. 

Click here to read more at The Fix The Sliver Plan: A Suboxone Taper  

Best to you! 

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* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

An Invitation to Your Life.

 

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The Invitation

 

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments. 
by  Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

Enjoy my friends! 

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer

 

 

The Secret to Change.

 

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Hi Everyone! and Happy Friday.
Today I bring forth…Socrates! and his profound words of wisdom.
It’s time to stop fighting old systems: in our communities, in our lives, and within ourselves – and time to put our energy and focus into building something new.
Start building new systems, new ways of living, new beliefs, and behaviors. This can be very exciting! 
Ask yourself: What does “new” look like for me? Then look for ways you can head in that direction.
Enjoy!

 

 

* Laura C Meyer is a mindfulness instructor at The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, mental health & addiction therapist, and founder of Live More Studio.

This website is designed as an educational experience. It is not therapy. The information acknowledges that while medication is a viable treatment option, it is not the only solution. Disclaimer