Author: Nina Rubin

Don’t Feel Thankful? Here is Why You Should Fake it.

  By Nina Rubin   The holiday season is officially beginning now. This is the time of year we are supposed to feel a million favorable things like closeness to our families, love for our significant others, happiness for cooking, cheerfulness for the snow (if you live in a cold climate), glee to attend holiday parties and thankfulness for the season. For many people, it’s a time that also brings up loads of stress, sadness, anger, resentment or loneliness. In my Coaching practice and for the seven years I worked as a psychotherapist, I’ve seen a surge of new...

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How Can We Help The Refugees?

  By Nina Rubin The millions of people from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and Afghanistan retracing the routes used by European refugees in the 1940s seeking asylum have had a significant impact on me over the last month. I’ve seen pictures of people crowding on boats and trains seeking a better life. There are so many families and individuals traveling to Western Europe to find asylum in countries that will accept them. This is no easy task for migrants or host countries, though. I’ve been thinking about why these images and are making such an indelible impression. When I consider history for the...

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Not All Who Wander are Lost: Taking the 10Q.

  By Nina Rubin   “Not all who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkein I recently took a trip across the country. I had not been to Florida in many years and found the state to be beautiful, humid, green, lush and rainy, just as I remembered. Upon my return, I was chatting with a friend and I said jokingly, “I’m all over the map.” He replied perfectly by reminding me that I’m a “world traveler who needs to seize the day, seize the moment and seize the adventure!” He’s exactly right! One of the things I did while on the...

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Arguing with Your Head and Heart.

  By Nina Rubin “Your mind and heart need to build a relationship slowly, somewhat like a pet and its human. At first, your mind needs to hold your heart tightly on a leash. Your heart screams, “I must have this! I must go there!” And your mind says, “Calm down. We talked this over already and we both agreed you don’t need to.” The heart screams, “But now I feel I need to! If I don’t, who knows what will happen!” And the mind says, “That’s because you are a heart. Hearts feel that way. But I am a...

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What Does Love Feel Like?

  By Nina Rubin   “You remind me of everything that followed.” ~ Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake “Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.” ~ Maya Angelou How do you know? What does it feel like? Is it real? Will it last? LOVE. Love. love. There are so many variables, circumstances, descriptions, scenarios. The best feeling is when it’s fresh, the most comfortable feeling is...

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