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The Addiction Du Jour: Our Smartphone

It is not a novel observation to note that we are all addicted to our Smartphones. There is an addiction spectrum or course; some of us are so hooked we can’t sleep without our phones cradled in our beds, it never gets turned off. Of those so hooked, the phone...

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Belina Fruitman

The Boomerang

Last night as I sat uncomfortably and unexpectedly on my hospital cot with my teen son in the patient bed by my side, I thought “ahh, the childhood toy the boomerang.” The boomerang is a thrown tool originally made in Australia for hunting, typically...

boomerang

Belina Fruitman

FEAR

Preface: My hope is that you will ponder and seriously ask yourself these questions below, it may give you hope. In honor of the new year, let’s face our fear(s). Many of us do not pursue our dreams nor passions due to fear. What better time than now to face fear...

fear

Belina Fruitman

Where are the boundaries?

1-1-18 Recently I became intrigued by an article I read by Dr. Chris Donaghue titled Is Sex Addiction Just an Excuse for Bad Behavior? As a therapist working in the mental health and addictions field for about 25 years, this article stopped me in my tracks....

boundaries

Belina Fruitman

A Tribute to Louise Hay, 1926-2017

A Tribute to Louise Hay, 1926-2017 By Belina Nassi Fruitman Few people change the world by creating a ripple effect in their years on this planet. However, in the 90 years of her life, Louise Hay managed to not only build a business empire from only one thought, a...

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Belina Fruitman

Today My Ego Taught Me Something

For years I have heard my yoga teachers say “leave your ego at the door”. In other words, don’t push your body too much, don’t compare your practice to others, and ultimately, be you, accept your limits. So today, I had to recite that repeatedly, “leave your ego at...

What

Belina Fruitman

Life Coach

Mark Twain said “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” He understood existential social work or the critical role meaning plays in our lives. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am often in the role of a...

What

Belina Fruitman

What? Not Why?

When we ask ourselves repeatedly “why”, we often get an answer that is not helpful or beneficial. Yet end up cycling back to asking again, “but why?” Typically when we ask ourselves “why” it is a perpetual question that leaves us in the past. Being stuck in the past...

What

Belina Fruitman

Okay, You’re Grateful, Now What?

In Honor of Thanksgiving By now you know all the benefits of gratitude. You hear about it in the media probably daily. Countless experts have demonstrated that it leads to greater happiness, longevity, feelings of being present and...

The Intervention, Relationships

Belina Fruitman

The Intervention

By now we all have heard about interventions, the process by which someone or a small concerned group such as a family, come together to hire a professional to “intervene” and motivate someone into treatment. That treatment usually centers on some kind of addiction:...

The Intervention, Relationships

Belina Fruitman

Connection: What does that mean to you?

Connection: What does that mean to you? The comedian George Carlin said “we can put someone on the moon but most of us can’t walk across the street to meet our neighbor”. Like minded Johann Hari, author, said “we have more square footage in our homes than ever but...

Connection, Relationships

Belina Fruitman

Hiding Booze?

Signs of Addiction: Where is it? Your tall boots, under the toilet cover, in your daughter’s old doll house? If your answer is “yes, I do hide my stash of booze (or drugs),” or if someone you love is demonstrating this concerning behavior, please read on. If your...

Hiding Booze, Signs of Addiction

Belina Fruitman