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Truth Is Beauty

I can’t think of a more courageous motto to live life by than “Truth is Beauty”. I have had several reminders of this important truth the past few weeks as I spent time with two inspiring women, my mother and mother in law. Two woman who “own who they are” (Eldridge Broussard’s motto) and their

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The Power of Positive Self-Talk and Visualization

I was reminded of the power of positive self-talk recently with my son.  One morning I was getting ready for work and he came into the bathroom and said “Mom can you come write down I can do it, I can hike dinosaur ridge in a thought bubble for my picture.”  I was taken by

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The 3 A’s of Mindfulness

  Mindfulness is the practice of being awake, learning to inhabit your life, and becoming more intentional with your actions.  The 3 A’s is a handy way to check in with yourself and practice mindfulness.   At any time you can pause, take a moment, and check in on the following: 1.       Attention – What are

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3 Types of Strength to Practice with your Children and How

“Building resilience in children is not about making them tough. Resilience is the ability to recover from difficulties and manage how you feel.” One of my favorite YogaCalm® lessons to teach to young people and their families is about Strength. When we think about being strong we often first think about physical strength, and sometimes

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3 Practices to Help You be a More Mindful Parent & Partner

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn One of my favorite questions to ask myself and those in my practice is “What do you want to remember, how do you want to live your moments?”   For many of us those moments are in relationship.  And what we know is that

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5 Simple Practices to Build Community in Your Home

Our families are our first community, they are our central community, they are our heart.  It is in the family community that children learn what it means to be in relationships with a group of people.   Communities both support and challenge us and families are no exception.  As parents we often want nothing more than

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How Family Yoga Tools Can Increase the Harmony in your Home

Have you ever had those moments where during family conflict or chaos you lay your head down and wave an imaginary white flag of surrender?  If you have, I hope you know that one you are not alone, two you are normal and so is your family, and three we know we cannot stay in

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Mindful Movement and Mental Health Part 1

Many people ask how and why do I incorporate mindful movement into my mental health practice and what is it?  Great questions!  To me mindful movement is a mixture of yoga, mindfulness meditations, breathing, and guided relaxation exercises.  I was first introduced to yoga in 2010 when I went to a Yoga Calm ® training

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How do we Live a Balanced Life in an Unbalanced time?

II often find myself using the phrase “I need to find a balance” or “strike a balance.” How do we do that  when our life or community can feel like they are in turmoil?  We may be striving to find a balance between work and play, exercise and rest, healthy eating and indulging, talking and

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Mindful Movement Practice – Compassion and Self-Care

It is not uncommon to feel a bit tired in the winter months.  Darker days, the adrenaline rush (drama and trauma for some) of the holidays are over, and we can fall into a rut anticipating spring.  For those working in helping professions; teachers, counselors, wellness professionals it is a busy time supporting and providing

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When Body Positivity Backfires

“Although the trance of feeling separate and unworthy is an inherent part of our conditioning as humans, so too is our capacity to awaken.  We free ourselves from the prison of trance as we stop the war against ourselves and, instead, learn to relax to our lives with a wise and compassionate heart.” – Tara

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Listen and Live with a Compassionate Heart

“Compassion, a sense of universal responsibility, thinking of others as your brothers and sisters and all human beings as one family — that is the antidote for fear, hate and jealousy.” – Dalai Lama As a parent, counselor, and human I feel strongly about cultivating and practicing compassion.  I believe this most strongly when I

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Anchoring with Imagery

  I recently got my second tattoo and while my brother lovingly and jokingly says “You are one more tattoo away from a biker gang”, I realize the power of grounding and anchoring in imagery these days.  Now, you do not need to get these images tattooed onto your body to find your steadiness and

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Forgiveness is for the Forgiver

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.  Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forgiveness is a practice, and a painful and difficult one at that.  It is one

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Loving Your Body from the Top Down

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss Practicing self-compassion, especially for women when it comes to body image, is not easy.  I work on my practice of having a

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Lessons Learned as a School Counselor

 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou I’m approaching the end of my career as a School Counselor and as I move through the grief of this transition I feel excitement, sadness, and an immense amount of gratitude for all the

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Spring Renewal by Seeing the Goodness

All beings are flowers blossoming In a blossoming universe. —Soen Nakagawa Spring time is upon us and the season of spring often refers to a time of hope, youth and growth.  Flowers start to bloom symbolizing new life and growth and there can be a sense of hope that the drudgery and difficulties of winter

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A Peaceful and Steady Heart

Keeping a peaceful and steady heart in the midst of human suffering is one of the most important practices I can think of during times where we feel shattered, hopeless, and afraid.  We all have or will have these moments of losing faith and struggling to return to some sense of wholeness.  I wish our

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Feel your Feelings in 2018

I have been tossing around the usual new year blog ideas; goals, intentions, making changes and none of them resonated with me like the skill and practice of “feeling your feelings”.  That may seem like an obvious and unavoidable practice to some, but in my work as a Counselor I am often working with my

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Practice Compassion towards Self and Others

“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to

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Reflections on Gratitude and Joy

“When you go to a garden do you look more at the thorns or the flowers?” – Rumi We are entering the seasons of Gratitude and Joy, we see these phrases all over and yet, how often to we slow down and reflect on if we are truly practicing and cultivating these feelings?  And what

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Surrendering to the Genuine Practice of Self-Compassion and Loving-Kindness

Talking about Self-Compassion and Loving-Kindness comes easily to me, truly practicing them with open-heartedness, now that is tough part.  I am very proud of my hard-working midwestern roots.  “Work hard, be positive, don’t complain, be grateful, don’t upset the apple cart.”  These are the messages I remember from my youth.  They are not bad, they

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Loss, Grief, Healing, and Transformation

“Awareness may not diminish the enormity of our pain in all circumstances.  It does provide a bigger basket for tenderly holding and intimately knowing our suffering in any and all circumstances, and that, it turns out, is transformative and healing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn Loss, Grief, Healing, and Transformation are four powerful and universal experiences.  Loss

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Danelle Chapman of Danelle Chapman Counseling and Mindful Movement

Hi, I’m Danelle Chapman!
I am a Licensed School Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Yoga Calm® Teacher, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). I offer mindful movement and individual counseling services to anyone ages pre-teen to adult in the Parker, CO area.


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