MGS Sister Circle

MGSSisterCircleJoin us, beginning September 2015 as we launch the MGS Sister Circle.  The MGS Sister Circle will host 90 minutes of education, support and empowerment for all women .  Topics will include relationships, careers, health & wellness, finances and parenting, among others.  We will have prizes and surprises, guest speakers and good old-fashion fun.  Our only requirement will be a desire to belong, improve and uplift each other.  We have yet to decide the day of the week for our gathering, so we invite you to join us on our MGS facebook page to tell us which day of the week works best for you.   We look forward to growing with you!  Be Blessed!

P.S. – If your business or organization is interested in partnering with us for our gatherings, please contact me to discuss.

Shari Warner is a Therapist, Attorney and Speaker in South Florida.  Shari works with individuals and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts.  To schedule an appointment with Shari, call (754) 999-0716 or email her at shari@mgscounseling.com.

Mindfulness for you

mind-fullOver the years I heard bits and pieces about mindfulness and never quite knew what to think of it.  It was new to me but far from new to everyone else it seemed.  I didn’t give it much thought because at the time, I felt it was of no benefit to me and just one more thing I would have to learn and believe in.  Recently, however, my thoughts have come around to what I consider the fundamental benefit of being present.

I work in a high stressed field which can be both emotionally rewarding and emotionally draining at the same time.  I find myself at the end of the day completely worn out from the day’s activities yet my mind is churning with everything yet to be done.  And so I thought about what it means to be present, in time and moment.  Recently, I sat through a session where the speaker took us through an experience with chocolate.  It was the most difficult thing for me to quiet my mind and savor the experience for the couple of minutes that it took to do so.  Since then I’ve become more aware of what I am doing as I am doing it, allowing myself to become immersed in the taste, smell, feel, sound of the moment.  I am still new to this, so of course my mind wanders and I constantly have to bring myself back to the present.   However, in this ever moving world where we are constantly thinking about what we’ve just done, what we have to do next or what we should be doing, the art of sitting still is even more vital to our mental and emotional well-being.

So I challenge each and every one of you to try it. Whether you want to call it mindfulness or just sitting still; practice being present.  Find five minutes out of your day, in the car before you drive out, on the train, on the bus, in the shower or before pressing the ‘on’ button on the television remote, take those few minutes to sit completely still.  If it helps, find an object to hold in your hand(s) that will ground you and keep you focused.  Experience the sounds, feelings, smells of your immediate environment, internally and externally….and breathe.  The more you practice it, the easier it becomes and the more you find yourself being able to relax.  In the field of social services, we use mindfulness with our clients and patients to help them manage anxiety, stress and to regulate emotions.  Well now it’s our turn.  Be mindful for you!  Until next time…

Be Well…Shari

Shari Hines Warner is a Therapist, Attorney and Speaker in South Florida.  Shari works with individuals and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts.  To schedule an appointment with Shari call (754) 999-0716 or email her at shari@mgscounseling.com.

Step Out Of Your BOX!

Hi!  I am Shari Hines Warner, Therapist, Attorney and Speaker in South Florida.  Welcome to my Blog!  I must admit that sharing my thoughts on issues that I relate to my practice as a therapist is a bit foreign to me, but just as I ask my Patients/Clients to stretch themselves and move beyond their comfort zone, so too must I stretch myself.

think-outside-the-boxI have found that in my practice as a Therapist, I have become more comfortable moving beyond the borders of the tidy box that I created for myself during my practice as an attorney.  That box, in my mind, kept me safe and “protected” me from the imagined terrors that wound themselves through the practice of law.  In fact, what the box did was keep me from spreading my wings and experiencing life at its best.

As I work with my patients in substance abuse or my clients dealing with life’s issues, I wonder what box they’ve created for themselves and what story they’ve told themselves to keep them in that box.  In substance abuse, the story is most often titled “Fear”.  Fear of acceptance, rejection, abandonment, loneliness, the unknown.  Strangely enough, the fears are the same among non-addicts and also keep you ‘stuck’.

I challenge you to step beyond the borders of your box!  Be willing to open yourselves up to new possibilities.  Climb out of your rut and try something different!  I know, I know…easier said than done.  Try it.  But if you need a little help, you know where to find me.  Until then…BE WELL!

Shari Hines Warner is a Therapist, Attorney and Speaker in South Florida.  Shari works with individuals and couples to find their inner strength and resolve interpersonal and relational conflicts.  To schedule an appointment with Shari call (754) 999-0716 or email her at shari@mgscounseling.com.