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So far Danielle Saunders has created 29 blog entries.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

This line first appeared as a clever bumper sticker driving around the East Bay. I had to think about what this was saying. As a psychotherapist, I was taught that there were core beliefs, often deeply unconscious, that the mind would assume were true. A hallmark of most therapy traditions was this connection between thoughts [...]

2017-04-07T10:52:35+00:00 January 14th, 2014|

Opening Up to Connection

We all have the desire to connect with others. To share our deepest thoughts and to be understood by others. Many of us train ourselves out of the desire and humbly accept the frustrated unanswered conversation. Many of us talk to ourselves, some write in journals, some mutter over a beer or two. We let [...]

2017-04-07T10:53:03+00:00 January 10th, 2014|

Don’t be afraid to die a little

Early winter is a time of fallow ground. We let the fields rest as we ourselves should rest. Many of my clients naturally experience this timely desire to slow down, spending more time inside being quiet with themselves or with close family and friends. What do you do when this desire to go in arises [...]

2017-04-07T10:53:27+00:00 December 13th, 2013|

Changing Woman: Discharge and Reload

Standing at the edge of the cliff looking into a spans of empty darkness. My consciousness lifts out of my body, the scene before me too traumatic to remain inside. I am alone, I am terrified, everything stands still, my body frozen to the spot. The ground rumbles and gives way, the cliff edge recedes. [...]

2017-11-29T03:33:22+00:00 December 6th, 2013|

Surrender to the Divine Feminine

Releasing the story of doing it ALONE! Who do you let help you? Is help easy for you to accept? Just this morning, while outside hanging a comforter to dry on the clothesline, I stumbled upon a neighborhood cat scuffling in the back corner of my garden. Upon assessing his situation, I saw that his [...]

2017-04-07T10:54:26+00:00 November 15th, 2013|

Invoking Divine Feminine Energy

Swirls of burgundy, rose velvet blankets envelop my body with Mother’s etheric embrace. My sisters’ shades of pink, peach and coffee gently peek from their crescents of hair, reverent in their devotion. Lavender buds release their calming aroma into a candle lit sacred circle of women gathered in love and peace. Silky strands of curls [...]

2017-11-29T03:33:22+00:00 November 12th, 2013|

Healing Friendship and Intimacy with the Divine Feminine Archetype of the Great Mother

The vulnerability necessary to open up one’s heart to another is astounding to me. We are often well-versed to do this practice with a romantic partner. Our culture is supportive of this learning-curve with well-known stages of progression from casual “Friends with Benefits” to “Serial monogamy,” advice books, workshops and kitchen-table wisdom passed down. But [...]

2017-11-29T03:33:21+00:00 September 17th, 2013|

Expressive Arts: Waking up your Divine Self

Through layers of paper, fabric, oil pastel, glitter, soul images, you find yourself peeled open like a fragrant tangerine, exposing the veins of tender nourishment and juicy segments of ripe, succulent fruit. Crystallizing self through the reflection of process, meaning and image, you develop a relationship to your own art-making, as a mother-replacement, attachment to [...]

2017-04-07T10:55:30+00:00 September 14th, 2013|

Finding the Divine in Nature

Expressive Arts is a place I feel at home. I have been teaching art, theater and movement since I was miraculously hired as a kids’ camp counselor at an outdoor education center when I was a junior at Penn State University, just after I opted for the glamorous “Undecided” as a major instead of “Theater [...]

2017-04-07T10:55:52+00:00 August 2nd, 2013|