Mass Shootings: How to Talk to Our Children

By Krista Reed, LSCSW

On October 13, 2017, I was in Las Vegas for a training that was across the street from the Mandalay Bay.  Approximately one week prior, a man opened fire on country festival, Route 91 Harvest, from a broken window at Mandalay Bay.  58 people were killed, 422 people suffered injuries from gunfire, and another 851 individuals had injuries as a result of the attack (Andone & Sidner, 2018) During my lunch break, I decided to walk over to the hotel and pay my respects.  I briefly spoke with a police officer who appeared exhausted and was fighting back tears, and he pointed me in the direction of the memorials.  I recall standing at the Mandalay Bay staring at the festival stages and décor, which had not been taken down, and breaking down in tears.  Even being there a week later was intense; Las Vegas had never been so quiet.  It was clear from that moment, the city would never be the same. Read More

A Single Tree Podcast #11 – The Evolution/Development of The Self 2: Abiding Trust in Existence

Listen below to episode 11 of A Single Tree Podcast about being able to respond to what life hands us in a constructive way. Find all episodes of A Single Tree Podcast here and subscribe on Soundcloud or iTunes. Also, find the podcast on facebook here.

Description: In order to continue expanding our consciousness, we must have an abiding trust in existence itself. Amazingly, we can assimilate even the most difficult of circumstances into a resilient narrative. Life is there to shape us by transforming our “programming” so we can connect with the Largest Self or being-ness and become more flexible and complex beings. Thanks for listening! Read More

A Single Tree Podcast #10 – The Evolution/Development of The Self: Assimilating Feedback from Our Environment

Listen below to episode 10 of A Single Tree Podcast about the development and evolution of the self. Find all episodes and subscribe on Soundcloud or iTunes. Also, find the podcast on facebook here.

Description: We form ideas of ourselves through interaction with our environment. The relationships we have with people around us and the feedback we get from our environment reflect back to us important information. We form impressions of ourselves which are discarded as we grow and develop. It’s important to know ourselves and be exactly who we are, and be willing to surrender these impressions for the next evolution of our being. Read More

A Single Tree Podcast #9 – Non-Dualistic Thinking 2: Accepting Ourselves and Others

Listen below to episode 9 of A Single Tree Podcast about accepting ourselves and others. Find all episodes of A Single Tree Podcast here and subscribe on Soundcloud or iTunes. Also, find the podcast on facebook here.

Description: We naturally judge ourselves and others based on the small self’s desire to be valuable, and create safety and control. The goal is that we would be able to suspend our constant judgments of ourselves, others and the world and simply accept ourselves and others, even in our “mistakes.” Read More

Practicing Empathy and Differentiation When Helping

By Joel Ybarra, LCMFT

Some would say the largest part of being able to help others is empathizing with them, but it’s important we’re able to do this in a helpful and constructive way. Empathy is often defined as being able to see through another’s eyes. It’s amazing – we’re able to “read” and recreate the internal experience of another within ourselves by observing their facial expressions and imagining what we might feel in their place. You can see how it may be easy to get too emotionally involved. Read More