Mindfulness

Post Traumatic Growth

My experience of the past two months leads me to write about a tough subject we’d rather avoid. Trauma such as the loss of a loved one or the diagnosis of serious illness can test us to our very limits – trust me, I know this first hand as I’m certain many of you do…

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Rising from the Falls of Life

Just in this past two weeks I have known tragedy and loss, fraud and disappointment, shame and isolation, depression and despair, aloneness and regret, pain and defeat, sadness and grief. In spite of and despite all this, I have also known kindness and generosity of spirit, compassion and humility, love and care, encouragement and hope. …

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Why life seems harder than it needs to be

Busyness!Busyness is an illness.Think about it: ‘I’m busy.’   How often is that your excuse? It used to be my excuse every single day. My schedule used to leave me zero time for unplanned presence and awareness. And I was proud of my busyness. I wore it like a badge. It gave me an illusion…

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Giving thanks

One of my greatest tips for increasing your ‘happiness quotient’ is to practice mindful gratitude. We must realize that we really don’t need ‘more’. We just need to appreciate what we have. It’s a beautiful and bittersweet way of thinking all at once. We may not have what we want right now, but we still…

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Change your thoughts and your life

Shadows? Some of our biggest problems often only exist in our head. The primary cause of our unhappiness and sense of ‘defeat’ is never the current situation but our thoughts about it.   Happiness and success really comes down to two elements: the way we think and the way we act based upon our thoughts.…

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Thrive and Shine

If we want to thrive in life, we need to take a good hard look in the mirror and then take small, consistent steps to self-correct if necessary.   One trap I often see in my work is believing and insisting that life is simply too hard and too unfair. The truth is, it’s as…

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No better present than your presence

Here’s a reminder that by just being present, you make each moment and each day more meaningful and special. Regardless of what this time of year means for you spiritually, emotionally or physically, it is a good time to take pause and think about what, and who, matters most to you (including yourself).  We all…

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Self respect starts and ends with YOU!

How does other people’s negativity impact you? We must learn to allow people to enjoy their own projections without taking them on as our own. If we don’t value ourselves, look out for ourselves, and speak up for ourselves, then we’re sabotaging ourselves. We do not have control over what others say and do; but…

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