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New insights in the world of Neuroscience have led to the development of revolutionary techniques for moving into an intimate relationship with the neural pathways that define your personal experience of your world.

Are you ready for empowered change? It’s time to live your excellence. Read on to explore how these new advances create opportunities for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, and create a space for inspiration to flow.

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For Leaning Into Failure

A Havening Therapeutic Exercise to Change How You Think About Failure & Create An Empowered Mindset

In this guided meditation, Dr. Kate Truitt leads us to a healthy and empowered relationship with the idea of failure. She begins by asking us to welcome in havening touch and healing breath. Once we have reached a calm state, she asks us to imagine that we are standing in front of a board with failure written in big block letters.

Then, she asks our mind to wander and think about our reaction to the word failure. Does it have a color, feeling, or weight to it? What does the construct of failure look like in your mind’s eye? Are these associations that we have made or that our circumstances or surroundings have taught us?

Many of us have learned that failure is bad or unacceptable. Dr. Kate asks us to look at why we think this way about failure. As we wander and explore failure, Dr. Kate welcomes in breath and having touch to comfort us in this journey. She then asks us to imagine that we are filling up balloons with these constructs of failure. They can be filled with thoughts, feelings, experiences or anything we relate to a bad connotation of failure. By altering our relationship and connotations associated with failure, we can shift our mindset.

A Havening Guided Meditation to Overcome Mistakes and Build Motivation

In this guided mediation, Dr. Kate Truitt helps us to create space when mistakes are made and lean into the opportunity for forgiveness and growth.

Dr. Kate asks us to bring in havening touch and soothing breath and calm our mind. Then she asks us to look back for a time when our brain was excited about experiencing or learning something new. What does it feel like to be curious and driven about something new? She invites us to bring this experience to the front, and examine what the energy feels, looks, and smells like? How do our senses bear witness to this experience?

She then asks us to shift our attention toward a time when we felt we made a mistake or weren’t our best. Once we have noticed that experience, Dr. Kate asks us to connect briefly with that energy but return to the optimistic feeling of learning something new.

By working through these experiences next to each other, Dr. Kate helps us to realize that we can release the negativity surrounding mistakes and treat them as an opportunity for learning.

Why You Need to Learn to Love Failure: It's the Key to Success and Personal Empowerment!

In this educational video, Dr. Kate Truitt explains that we have the power to change our brains’ relationship with failure. Our brains are hard-wired to respond strongly to mistakes, so that our brains are able to remember and learn from them. While this can keep us safe from an evolutionary standpoint, it can also hold us back.

Dr. Kate suggests redefining failure as learning, which would allow for mistakes to not become a part of our core identity. If we have the right mindset, failing is no different from learning any other way.

Unpacking the Relationship Between Failure and Motivation - Change Your Thoughts to Create Success!

In this psychoeducation video, Dr. Kate Truitt explains that most of us have grown up in an environment that taught us to have a fear of making mistakes, despite the fact that our brains are designed to make mistakes.

She says that our brains are curiosity based and love to learn new things; however, when we carry a negative association with mistakes, it can hinder our brains desire to learn.

Our narrative with failure directly affects our motivation to be successful, thus Dr. Kate asks us to think about how we react when we make a mistake. Are we kind to ourselves, or do we respond negatively? If we react poorly, we can employ the exercise CPR for the Amygdala in order to reset and calm our system.

Once we are present, we can greet our mistakes with the same love and kindness that we give ourselves when we succeed.

Releasing Your Critical Thoughts to Create Personal Empowerment

In this psychoeducation video, Dr. Kate Truitt asks us to examine who the most important person in our lives is and then explains the importance of having the answer be us.

When we make mistakes, we are often unkind to ourselves. If we are the most important person in our lives, then we must treat ourselves with kindness. She then explains that we carry tapes in our mind that replay harsh words from our past. However, since they are tapes, we have the ability to press pause and evaluate if the tape is a necessity in our lives.

These tapes are also known as automatic thoughts, or thoughts that constantly roll through our minds. Dr. Kate explains that Amy the amygdala encourages these thoughts of self-protection, for our brains have learned to play small in these situations where we have previously made mistakes.

Dr. Kate recommends that we start paying attention to the thoughts that we have when we aren’t living up to the expectations of the tapes in our mind.

A Guided Meditation for Releasing Critical Thoughts and Building Loving Kindness

In this guided meditation, Dr. Kate Truitt teaches us how to release the negative tapes of our past and create new opportunities for empowered healing.

As always, she invites us to welcome in havening touch and soothing breath. Then she asks us to notice a time where we have felt like we let ourselves or somebody else down. Once we have found one of these times, Dr. Kate invites us to watch the memory occur from a stage.

She guides us to look inward and examine what thoughts and feelings come up when we watch this experience. Then she asks us to put those feelings into a tape, where we have play and pause buttons at our disposal.

We often have these tapes playing in our heads, so once we realize that we have the ability to stop these unhelpful tapes from playing over and over in our heads, we can begin to build loving kindness within ourselves.

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"Living Your Excellence"

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Featured Article

Failure can hurt—our egos and self-brain often have a hard time dealing with it, but failure has helped us learn and grow since the earliest days of our lives.

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Most recent blog posts...

Domestic Violence: Emerging Safely From the Pandemic World

Some people are not safer at home, and in fact, the home setting is a real place of danger for many who live with the threat of domestic violence. If you are one of those people, you may be in need of help and support. If you are not one of those people, but think you may know one...

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Thriving Through Pain

The experiences of physical pain and psychological trauma go hand-in-hand. In order to create empowered change and self-awareness around chronic pain, we need to explore the connection between the mind and body.

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Calming the Fear Brain

Recognizing when your survival brain is throwing up warning signs from your past can empower you to find balance between what your fear brain would have you do, and what you would choose to do. In this article I want to show you some tools for resilience and explain how they work.

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Setting Boundaries in Your Relationships

In this article Dr. Kate Truitt helps you explore the survival mechanisms you employ in relationships, how much you value what you need in your relationships, and what you can do to help create boundaries that lead to the relationships you want.

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Traversing Our Gradients of Emotions

As humans, we are naturally moving in and out of different brainwave states every day, and much of that is driven by emotions. This is a sign of a healthily functioning brain. There is a good argument to be made for intentionally experiencing different emotions, whether you might consider them to be “good” or “bad.”

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Welcoming Gratitude Throughout the New Year

This may sound counterintuitive, but the journey toward creating success and well-being requires leaning into the difficulties you are experiencing. I suggest that you bring a little bit of 2020 with you on your journey in 2021.

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Planning your goals for the new year

How do You Plan to Top This Year?

Has 2020 been a challenging year for you? I will take a guess and say that it has. Are you looking forward to brighter days ahead? Have you started thinking about what your new year will look like?

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Overcoming Worry by Deepening Your Relationship With It

Why do we worry? So often my patients will tell me that worry is dumb, and that there is no need for it. Actually, we do need to worry, but we need to put it into an appropriate context. It is important to go back to the beginning of the worry process and notice the “Why” of it.

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Neuroplasticity Overcome and Create a Resilient Brain

The opportunity you have to heal your brain and keep moving forward is made possible by something called neuroplasticity—the key to building a resilient brain. We show you how to show you how to seize that opportunity in this in-depth article.

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Neurofeedback Training the Brain to Calm

We introduce Neurofeedback: a tool we teach that allows you to create your resilient brain, addressing stress and anxiety, compensating for past damage that has been done, enhancing learning capacity, and even healing through the difficulties brought on by our new challenges.

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Overcoming Burnout: Self-Compassion Provides the Healing Touch

Have you been feeling lately like you’re not living up to the expectations you have for yourself? Do you feel you are losing some of your former optimism? You may be on the road to burnout. In this article we help you ways to successfully managing the stress that can lead to burnout.

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Leaning Into Grief and Loss to Create Healing

Grief is an experience of mourning and deep honoring. One thing I have learned through my own journey is that the experience of grief and loss has a softening effect: it is so important for us to save space, be conscientious and kind toward our feelings and ourselves as we navigate these deeply painful times.

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Pandemic Anxiety Healing Power is in Your Hands

The COVID-19 Pandemic and its associated stay-at-home orders and social distancing have the potential to induce various manifestations of anxiety and stress. Health anxiety and anxiety-induced stress are normal reactions. You have the power in your hands for self-healing and creating calm around you.

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Health Anxiety and the Coronavirus Pandemic

A person with health anxiety will often misinterpret non-serious physical symptoms and attribute them to something more serious especially during a pandemic. Some symptoms produced by anxiety can include muscle pain, chest pain, heart rate changes, headaches, and dizziness. This can heighten existing anxiety.

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Telecommuting for Success

Telecommuting presents unique opportunities (no commute!) and challenges (it's awfully easy to do house chores or enjoy a binge watching session). From battling productive procrastination to overcoming loneliness, telecommuting creates ample opportunities to grow into our best self.

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Four Reasons Survivors of Sexual Trauma Remain Silent

On the heels of the #MeToo Movement and various scandals in the media that have shed light on the impact of sexual trauma worldwide, more and more survivors of sexual abuse and assault have been empowered to speak up and share their stories. However, many still do not come forward. In this article we explore the reasons behind their silence.

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Living and Loving With Chronic Pain

While there are millions of individuals dealing with chronic conditions, it is rare to hear anyone talking about it. Many people don’t want to burden the people around them with their pain or illness, and chronic pain can be difficult to talk about and especially hard to understand. Many times they find it isn’t worth talking about.

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The Havening Techniques Neuroscience in Healing

The Havening Techniques system is comprised of protocols and methods that rely on the electrochemical makeup of our body to create healing. Utilizing similar functional mechanisms as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), they include the newest advancements in neuroscience. See how it works.

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