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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Forget What They Say – Here’s How To Overcome Anxiety

I have been filled with anxiety my entire life. Who knows where it comes from. Perhaps it is the anxiety of not being good enough, of failing in my endeavours, of not being loved, or even of dying. In my experience, it is important to acknowledge both the personal and the universal elements of our problems. In the case of anxiety, it is necessary to understand what it is about ourselves specifically that makes us anxious, as well as having a grasp on what anxiety means in a broader context, if we are to overcome it.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   6 Keys to Making the Global Shift in Human Consciousness

The great shift in the consciousness of humanity has hit critical mass and passed the point of no return. It’s been building slowly but surely, and now it’s about to kick into high gear. The next decade or so will be a period of enormous change and perhaps more than a little turbulence. Think of this as the process of humanity going into labour as it begins to birth a new earth reality. In this article, I offer what I consider the six keys to smoothly and successfully making the shift to the New Earth and becoming a charter member of a wonderful new era of humanity.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Our Addiction To Suffering

The Buddha said that suffering arises from craving — for instance, craving for more love, more possessions, more physical prowess or beauty. But sometimes I wonder if the truth is more akin to the reverse — that we crave our suffering. In other words, are we actually addicted to suffering?

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   I’m a Therapist But I Won’t Fix You: 5 Questions That Can Help Us Help Ourselves

It seems that once we figure one thing out, another problem always pops up. We get good at one thing, and then realise we are completely inept at something else. We pick up one skill, and then realise we have lost sight of another. Nothing is ever settled. Nothing is ever lastingly resolved. It all exists in a perpetual state of chaotic flux—a dynamic field of everlasting change—and the absence of certainty and stability oftentimes leaves us feeling confused and wanting more.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   The Four Qualities of a Boundless Heart

Life is always one step ahead of us.

It seems that once we figure one thing out, another problem always pops up. We get good at one thing, and then realise we are completely inept at something else. We pick up one skill, and then realise we have lost sight of another. Nothing is ever settled. Nothing is ever lastingly resolved. It all exists in a perpetual state of chaotic flux—a dynamic field of everlasting change—and the absence of certainty and stability oftentimes leaves us feeling confused and wanting more.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   The Words That Woke Me Up Last Night

“I’m a bit scared about the change,” I wrote to my friend.

I am about to move to a new home—again. I am about to leave an artist community behind that I had lived in and loved for four years. But, I need a change—I’ve needed it for a long time now. So, there I was having all these nervous and exciting thoughts about the new place and the bittersweet memories of the past after packing all my belongings in piles of boxes and bags. His response was, “Search, ‘What do you desire,’ on YouTube.”

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  man-crying CROPPED.jpg   How To Do More Than Just Cope With Our Problems

Coping is what we have been doing since the beginning of time. We see the problems in front of us, and we “get through.” We find ways to tame the pain and manage the challenges. But what if we could do more than that? What if we could go beyond just coping, and actually find ways to embrace healing?

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  man-crying CROPPED.jpg   Twelve Things Happy People Do Differently

I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live – that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.”
Dan Millman

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Mindfulness and Open Focus: Complementary Practices to Drastically Improve Your Lifet

Mindfulness is defined as an attention training, which can benefit health and general well-being. In this article we present another type of attention training called Open Focus. Combining these two approaches may help you to understand attention training better overall, and to experience its benefits faster and more effectively.

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  Ways to Improve Memory and Live Longer with Music  

9 Healing Benefits of Music

Music … loved, cherished, and admired by humans for countless ages. It’s shaped culture and society in very profound ways. It has started social revolutions and shifts in collective consciousness. There is a magical feeling that can come from music and its enchanting spell has affected billions of people in sometimes life-changing ways, as it continues to do to this day.

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The Pursuit of Everyday Happiness and The Danish Art of Hygge

Voted one of the happiest countries in the world for over 40 years straight, many have wondered how Denmark — a place with depressing weather, a soaring divorce rate and astronomical taxes — could possibly be to home to such happy people. The answer lies in high levels of trust, a vast social safety net, work-life balance, as well as a distinct way of parenting and an overall positive approach to life. But one aspect is especially important for cultivating such contented people — in short, the Danish art of hygge.

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Sophrology: A Hidden Gem to Tackle Self-Doubt

I’ve suffered from crippling self-doubt for most of my life. Self-doubt first punches me in the face, making me think I will never achieve anything, and then stabs me in the back after I have achieved something, making me wonder if I only made it by sheer luck. Nice work, self-doubt!

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  The Difference between Mindfulness and Meditation  

7 Rituals to Restore Some Calm in our Livesn

We live in such a fast-paced world. It’s a world that’s on 24/7 and a world in which we’re faced with a lot of negativity: crime, war, violence, arguments, drugs and ill-health. There’s a lot to test our inner peace, and so often, it can be hard to remain calm in the face of the chaos that surrounds us. I’ve studied mindfulness for many years, and as a result, I’ve honed the skill that is equanimity—something I’d never even heard of six years ago, yet something I now find is the most valuable skill I possess, as it helps me in all areas of my life and work.

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  man-crying CROPPED.jpg   10 Truths re Finding Happiness

What is happiness, and how do we find it? It’s the question we’re all trying to find the answer to. We all seem to be pursuing it, yet we so often miss the mark. Happiness is not merely the absence of suffering or a temporary halt in unhappiness; it’s being connected to who we are. It’s less about elation and perfection, and more about purpose and fulfillment.

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Learning to Love your “No.” 4 tips for Boundaries in Dating, Business and Life

I sometimes wonder how a world might look where we truly loved the word “no.” Would it be customary to send our exes a “thank you for not choosing me” note when we get married to the person who is right for us?

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How to Face Resentment and Other Challenging Emotions

Every time I walked into the kitchen, my blood would boil. The stains from years of cooking irritated the hell out of me. This wasn’t part of the deal. When my girlfriend and I rented this house, we were super excited. It was closer to our families, closer to work, and there was a backyard for the dogs to play in.

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  7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home  

7 Ways to Increase the Good Vibes in Your Home

In the past I’ve written about raising your body’s vibration with clean, fresh, high energy foods. Eating this way makes you feel so much more alive, inspired and eager to enjoy the magic of each day. Now I’m taking it a step further, and giving you some tips to energetically cleanse the rooms in your home, office or space.We cleanse our home energetically in order to welcome good, high vibration energy into your space, and clear away any negative vibes. This way, not only are our bodies vibin’ high and in total alignment with our dreams, but so is our home.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient  

10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient

Over the past 25 years, I have been immersed in the mental health and addiction system as a patient, later as staff, as a Registered Nurse (RN), and eventually as a supervisor. My time in the mental health system officially began at age 17 when I was first hospitalised in a psychiatric unit. This preceded further hospitalisations, a number of treatment episodes for alcoholism/addiction, along with multiple stints of incarceration in jails. Eventually, through this experience, I was able to embrace recovery and ultimately gain employment at some of these same facilities in which I was treated.

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  How To Feel Less Stressed and Less Sad  

How To Feel Less Stressed and Less Sad

There’s no doubt there is an increasing amount of anxiety and depression in our modern world. This is partly because the standard combination of pharmaceutical drugs and mainstream psychology struggles to work. Fortunately however, there are other ways through.

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  Is caring about what others think holding you back?  

Is caring about what others think holding you back?

The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages
Virginia Woolf

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  How Words Rewire Our Brains, For Better or Worse  

How Words Rewire Our Brains, For Better or Worse

“Just seeing a list of negative words for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse, and the more you ruminate on them, the more you can actually damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions. You’ll disrupt your sleep, your appetite, and your ability to experience long-term happiness and satisfaction.”

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Scientific Proof That Negative Beliefs Harm Your Health

The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years. We call it “the placebo effect,” and we know that when patients in clinical trials get nothing but sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries, but believe they might be getting the new wonder drug or miracle surgery, their bodies get better 18-80% of the time.

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