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Compassion: Part 2

Written by: Meaghan Highway, LMHC “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” (Jack Kornfield) What we tell ourselves, in crucial moments and in everyday experiences, can shape our lives. In part one of this miniseries, we talked about the innate potential each one of us instilled within us by God, and how […]

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Self-Compassion Test

Download as PDF (68kb) This is an adaptation of a test originally composed via Dr. Kristin Neff at www.self-compassion.org/test-how-self-compassionate-you-are For our purposes, we are replicating each presented question and its possible level on the continuum below (almost never to almost always), but instead of calculating an actual score, the focus is on gaining awareness of […]

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What We Dream of…

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ~ Epicurus. We all have moments that we wish lasted forever – maybe it was the first time your newborn was placed in your arms; the second you […]

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Beautify Our Inner Dialogue

Written by Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P “Beautify your inner dialogue.” (Amit Ray) Everybody talks to themselves, sometimes. (The funny part is when we talk to ourselves out loud, in public, before we recall we’re not alone!) Talking to ourselves is a normal part of living – it’s how we process what’s going on around us. But […]

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Unwrapping the Gift of Anger

Written by Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P “Anybody can become angry, that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is … not easy.” (Aristotle) In our previous post on the topic of anger, […]

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The Gift of Using Anger

Written by Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P “Usually, when people are sad they don’t do anything. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” (Malcolm X) Anger. This little word can have such a huge meaning in our lives, and even then it is often misunderstood. Depending on what we learned about emotions growing up, […]

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Making Fear Work For You

Written by Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933). At first glance, this popular quote seems ridiculous – you may be thinking, “I wish fear was all I am afraid of!” It’s true, in this modern society we have a lot which causes us to […]

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Reviving Hope

Written by Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P “We spend January first walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.” (Ellen […]

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Welcome to CCM’s BLOG

Written by: Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P Welcome to our blog! Christian Counseling Ministries of WNY is a non-profit Christian organization which strives to help individuals with mental health issues and life transitions within a Biblical framework. We hope that this blog will be a resource for you, in providing monthly overviews on a wide variety of […]

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