As Years Pass

As years passed me, I now value solitude more than social interaction. I now understand why the old people seemed to carry the universe on their back when I was young. To be honest, it is heavier than I expected. I never crave big birthday parties anymore, no more festival gatherings. I just want a […]

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Powerful Training for the Mind

Every one of us has thought patterns that keep us stuck: Discouragement: What’s the point, I’m going to fail anyway, why even try, it’s too hard. Rationalizing: It’s OK to skip this, I can do it later, one time won’t hurt, do it but don’t try that hard, wait out the clock, go through the […]

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How Faux-Feelings Are Sabotaging Your Communication Efforts

Getting in touch with our feelings and sharing “I-statements” is a known strategy for communicating nonviolently and bettering our chances of being heard. So why isn’t it working?! Faux-Feelings are Actually Thoughts “I feel like you’re ignoring me.” “I’m feeling attacked!” “This feels so disrespectful.” “I feel like you’re forcing me!” While these I-statements all […]

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Go Where Life Wants to Take You

INSPIRATION FROM PEMA CHÖDRÖN The mainstream view of an enjoyable life is often steeped in materialism. It’s portrayed by the glossy images of fabulous people, beautiful homes, travel to exotic places and dinners in expensive restaurants. Wealth is often seen as the gateway to an enjoyable life. Yet happiness experts have discovered that most times, […]

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How Buried Anger Leads to Depression & How To Heal

Trauma was always a word I associated with a catastrophic event: a car accident, a war experience, child abuse, or being a victim of crime. So, it was an “aha” moment to learn that symptoms of trauma, like depression, could be caused by suppressed anger from repeated instances of emotional disregard. Childhood emotional neglect comes in many forms and […]

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The use of technology has become less connected and more distracted

We are constantly lured by the promise of new technologies to make our lives easier and help connect us to others. While they do so in many ways, they also present each of us with opportunities to make new choices about spending our time and investing our energy. Most devices are typically meant to improve […]

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The Neuroscience of How Affirmations Help Your Mental Health

Every minute of every day, your body is physically changing in response to the thoughts that run through your head. Just thinking about something causes your brain to send signals and release neurotransmitters. These chemicals control virtually all of your body’s functions, including your mood and feelings. Over time and with repetition, via neuroplasticity, it’s been […]

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How your ego is affecting your mental health

If you notice your ego influencing you in a situation, simply acknowledging that your ego is involved will improve your decision-making and your life. What is the ego? Everyone has an ego. There are many definitions of the ego, but to put it simply, it’s your sense of personal identity or feelings of self-importance. It […]

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Regaining A New Start

At one time or another, most of us will encounter impossible circumstances: job loss, relationship break-up, economic struggles, loss of a loved one, physical trauma – the list goes on. They are defining moments in life that can either knock us down or make us stronger. While we can’t always control our circumstances (life’s curveballs […]

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The Sun is Always Shining

  If darkness has fallen, know that the Sun is shining at this very moment, somewhere not too far away. There are times when gloom or darkness causes us to momentarily lose sight of the light. Although it is at these times when the thought of the sun can help us. Its warm, glowing rays […]

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