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Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib Ph.D

"Using nothing more concrete than the fantasies we create from our own personal history with ‘similar’ people, we default to what’s familiar.” more

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“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” — Joseph Campbell more

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Let’s embrace one of life’s realities: Sometimes it feels wonderful and you can’t breathe in enough of it. Sometimes it feels hard, hopeless, depressing, a constant struggle. Most of the time, for most of us, the experience of being human lies ... more

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I have a friend who, in one quick fell swoop, lost his job, medical benefits and most of his retirement. In his fifties, you can imagine his concerns. Another was sexually abused from the age of 6 through the age of 14. She has never told anyone, ... more

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I’m not Irish. I didn’t wear green on this recent St. Patty’s Day. I completely forgot about green beer at the pubs. Darn it. But I will say this: The Irish have some beautiful blessings, and most were born from sorrow, pain and tough times. more

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Over the years, regular Shrink-Rappers got to know my wonderful furry companion, Betty Lou, a truly delightful bundle of smart, goofy, entertaining energy. You may also know that, after being my faithful shadow for 14 years, Betty crossed the ... more

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Studies have shown that meditation can change the brain’s structure in just eight weeks. It also increases grey matter in parts of the brain associated with learning. Meditation, while extremely relaxing and centering, is not just for relaxation ... more

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It’s been said that being your true and authentic self is one of the hardest things to do, and takes a person most of their life to fully achieve it. It may be one of the hardest things to do, but it is also one of the most rewarding ways to ... more

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If you happened to catch the Academy Awards this past Sunday perhaps you were as inspired as I was. (Having lived in Los Angeles for many years it is nearly a national holiday for me and my peeps.) more

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So here we are, just a few weeks past Valentine’s Day. Spring is knocking on the door, and if you’re feeling anything like the community of scampering squirrels in my woods, then you can probably relate to winter’s “cabin fever” becoming spring’s ... more

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What was the last mean, petty, unkind thought or word you had for someone else? Something she was wearing? Did he voice a counter political opinion? Does your kid have a racially different friend? A same-sex boy/girlfriend? more

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What was the last mean, petty, unkind thought or word you had for someone else? Something she was wearing? Did he voice a counter political opinion? Does your kid have a racially different friend? A same-sex boy/girlfriend? more

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I think about the story of the two men whose houses burn down. One man, looking from across the street, wails in despair and believes his life to be over. Everything—all the things—that he loves are now in a pile of ash. He is, understandably, ... more

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Our true home is inside, but it’s also in our loved ones around us. When you’re in a loving relationship, you and the other person can be a true home for each other. In Vietnamese, the nickname for a person’s life partner is “my home.” more

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Happy February. The month of Valentine’s Day, Heart Health Awareness, and Black History. (One of my African American friends, Owen, likes to say, “Oh sure, give us the shortest month!”) It’s a good month to talk about relationships. more

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One of the many universal needs of humans is the need to be heard. To feel heard. To know that you matter enough to someone to gain their attention, their respect, their non-judgmental care. It is one way we feel love from another. more

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“What you believe about yourself on the inside is what you will manifest on the outside.” more

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“I looked in temples, churches, and mosques. But I found the Divine within my heart.” — Rumi more

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“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.” — unknown more

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Here we are, standing on the threshold of a new year. I believe it’s a healthy (and potentially healing) time for reflections back, and intentions forward. Most in my circle are fervently hoping for a better 2018, due largely to political ... more

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“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”  — Abraham Maslow more

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“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have, and being grateful for it.” — Walt Disney more

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