My Moment of Calm

Darcie Long, LCSW


October 3, 2019

When we begin to pay attention to the thoughts going on in our mind, we notice that a lot of them are negative. Our mind has a natural negative bias, which was intended by our biology to keep us safe. When we lived on the savanna or in the jungle we had to pay close attention to our environment to look out for predators. In our modern world, this kind of vigilance is not necessary. Our minds fool us into thinking that we need to be constantly worrying about dangers and how to avoid them. Since it occurs without trying, we tend to believe our own thoughts however, our modern-day threats are more often social or sensory. Worrying or remaining hyper-vigilant is not the best response to these kinds of threats.

In some instances, it m...

September 10, 2019

Want a way to change your life in 10 days? Try this guided meditation for 10 minutes every day.

August 19, 2019

I want to talk about the magic of forgiveness and something that  happened to me recently because of it.  I found myself listening to Louise Hay's 101 Power Thoughts

from Sounds True Publishing and I tuned in to her words on forgiveness. Forgiveness wasn't something that I was thinking about but it struck me and stuck with me. Sometimes that happens in a guided meditation, some part of it will just resonate with you and sink in. I decided that I wanted to use forgiveness as the theme for my monthly meditation group. I continued to work on my own intention to forgive myself and others for anything that had occurred in my life that could benefit. I was thinking about an incident in college after all the "Me too" education...

January 19, 2019

Let's start with meditation... by demystifying it. Often, beginners have difficulty finding effective results in meditation because they don't understand what they're meant to be doing and so they don't continue. While it may seem so, it's not complicated. It's actually the easiest thing in the world to do; You're doing nothing. What's so hard is that we're not used to just being. The way to move through that learning curve is to find ways to guide yourself into the mindset of an effective meditator. Here are five of the best tools to use in beginning your meditation:

      +   Maybe the best and easiest way to begin meditation is by listening to a guided meditation. That way whenever your mind starts to...

December 11, 2017


The winter season is a great time to be celebrating the pine tree which is associated with healing and spirituality. The pine sap has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and the scent is known for it’s uplifting and cleansing effects. It can dispel worry, fatigue and sinus and respiratory infections, perfect for the winter season! Pinecones are a symbol of enlightenment ; behind our third eye lies our pineal gland which is shaped like a pinecone. The pineal gland moderates our melatonin and circadian rhythms and can generate feelings of well being and of being at one with the world. Buy a pine candle or pine essential oil to scent your house and create an atmosphere of peace and well being. Even if you have a...

March 4, 2017

Here is a plan for making changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to achieve more peace, prosperity, and pleasure in your life. You have the choice!

  • Stop! Think new thoughts

  • Explore childhood beliefs 

  • Affirmations.......... Creating new beliefs

  • Expressing Feelings

  • Visualization.......... Creating change and a new reality

  • Action!  Use new behaviors 

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