Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. 

Author | Speaker | Researcher | Yoga Teacher

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Facing Your Fears At Any Age

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on June 1, 2016 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Age is a funny thing. Sometimes we look younger than we are, or feel older than we look. Some people have "old souls" that impart wisdom from a young age, while others maintain a childlike sense of wonder well into their 90s.


No matter how old we are, most of us have one thing in common: fear. We are all afraid of something. You might be afraid of death, or spiders, or subways, or seaweed. You might be afraid of failure - or even of success. Modern society makes it p...

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Tired of Trying to Fix Yourself? Try This Instead.

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a nagging issue that's bothered you for years? Yeah, me too. I've spent decades experimenting with a cornucopia of ways to get rid of my issues. I've tried:


Psychotherapy

Support groups

Personal development workshops

Life coaching

Yoga

Self-care

Online seminars

Naturopathy

Antidepressants

Affirmations

Psychics

Self-help books

Retreats

Reiki

Tapping

Healthy ea...

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A Letter To My Teen (And Your Teen)

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on May 4, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently, while doing yoga, an image appeared in my mind's eye. The image was of myself as a teen. Actually, it was more than just an image. It was a feeling. I was reminded, in mind and body, of what life felt like back then. And I was infused with a deep sense of compassion for the young woman who was struggling to find her way through her teens and early twenties.


While my early years weren't as devastating or traumatic as what many people go through, I experienced my fa...

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How To Find Bliss in Your Everyday Experiences

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on April 18, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Last week I gave a lecture on "Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being" for an undergraduate Positive Psychology course that I'm teaching. The lecture covered a range of topics, with a particular focus on scientific and individual explorations of what some call "transcendent experiences." These experiences are extremely difficult to define, but they've been reported by religious and non-religious people throughout history.


Take, for example,

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Our Pathological Pursuit of Productivity Over Pleasure

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on April 4, 2016 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Many people struggle with procrastination. No matter how hard they try, they can't seem to get started on whatever it is they're supposed to be doing. There always seems to be something more interesting competing for their attention, like the latest episode of the Kardashians or Beyonce's Instagram feed.


For much of my life, I've joked that I'm incapable of procrastination. In university, friends often envied my inability to skip class or pull all-nighters or hand in ...

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Feel Like You've Gotten Off Track? Read This.

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on March 23, 2016 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut? One minute you feel on track, tapped into your authenticity, and blazing with enthusiasm. Then, for no apparent reason, you lose it. Negative thoughts start having a party in your psyche. You feel off track, disconnected, and like someone poured ice on your fire.


You fall off the "Soul wagon," so to speak.


Lately I've been feeling like someone took my Soul wagon, turned it upside down, and dumped me in a forest of ...

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5 Tips to Become More Authentic on Social Media

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on March 6, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (2)

In February I decided to take a break from social media. No Facebook. No Twitter. No blogging. Prior to this, I was posting and tweeting daily, and writing a blog every 2 weeks. As an avid user of social media, I was nervous that my February Facebook Fast would result in some serious withdrawal symptoms.


I'm happy to report, however, that my detox actual...

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Trading Screen Time for Me Time

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (3)

Facebook often gets a bad rap. Some say that social media is causing our real relationships to deteriorate while turning us into screen-addicted zombies. Others argue that social media – and much of the internet – is a mechanism for shameless self-promotion that allows us to express endless self-obsession through posts about everything from our child’s first bowel movement to what we ate for lunch.


Personally, however, I quite enjoy social media. An...

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7 Real-Life Examples of The Benefits of Trusting Your Gut

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on January 12, 2016 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

For most of my life I’ve been a “yes woman.” I often agree with what people say, sometimes before I’ve even thought through what they said. Someone might share their opinion about recent political events or something that’s going on in their relationship, and before I realize what I’m doing, I find myself nodding and “mhmm’ing” in agreement.

 

 

I think one of the main reasons I do this is to avoid confl...

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Resolutions are Overrated. Try This Instead.

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on December 29, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I always get a bit antsy around the new year. Every year, no matter where I'm at in my life, I experience an internal battle between my ego and my soul. It goes something like this:


Ego: "Alright, we're about to start a new year! Let's get our shit together."


Soul: "But I'm exhausted! I just spent a month eating all sorts of unhealthy food and listening to endless small talk."


Ego: "Suck it up, weakling! You can't handle a few treats and s...

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5 Tips to Align Your Life With Your Values (Regardless of What Others Think)

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on December 16, 2015 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (2)

My husband and I have lived in 3 different countries in the past 3 years. We started in Canada, then moved to the United States, and now we're living in the Czech Republic. To some, the personal and professional choices that led to this lifestyle seem erratic. We're in our late 30s, after all. Shouldn't we be settling down, finding stable jobs, and sheltering ourselves behind a white picket fence so that we can pop out a few kids? For us, the answer is no. And that makes some people uncomfort...

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The Downside of Being Authentic

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on December 1, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Lately there's been a lot of hype around the idea of being authentic. We're being urged to find and focus on our true selves, get in touch with our souls, and do what really matters to us. Brene Brown's TED talk on the power of vulnerability has been viewed over 22 million times. A teen's article on...

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Yoga in Schools: Promises and Pitfalls

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Lately there’s been a surge of interest in teaching yoga and mindfulness to young people, particularly in school settings. This interest makes perfect sense given that youth are suffering. Research suggests that the majority of serious psychological disorders begin in childhood, and the

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Sometimes The Most Productive Thing You Can Do Is Nothing

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (4)

Many of us have developed an obsession with keeping ourselves busy. And I don't just mean with work. In addition to our professional lives, we overload our personal time with so many extra-curricular activities that we aren't left with a single minute for ourselves.

 

This is an insidious obsession that often masks itself as being healthy for us. We delude ourselves into believing that as long as our extra-curricular activities are wholesome and healthy - like going to ...

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How To Cope When You Feel Broken

Posted by Bethany Butzer, Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (2)

For over 10 years I've made a conscious effort to make my health and well-being my #1 priority. I try to eat healthy, I have a (semi) regular yoga and meditation practice, I've chosen career opportunities that are aligned with my Soul's purpose, and I do my best to balance my work and personal life so that I feel happy and fulfilled. But guess what? I'm not happy 100% of the time.


In fact, I'd say that I still spend a decent chunk of my time buried in self-criticism, ...

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