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When Your Spending Habits Aren’t Working for You

The beginning of a new year holds the promise of reinvention, retooling, and rejuvenation, and we eagerly anticipate that this year will be different and better. We vow to change old habits that are no longer working for us. Soon, however, we find ourselves stuck again in the old patterns. If your spending habits are not working for you, and you believe you are committed to changing them, you may ...

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Yearning for Something Else

How much of your story has involved yearning for something else, versus working with what you have? When I was a teenager, I spent time in my grandparents’ house in Paris, Kentucky. It was a small house with one bathroom, which had a radio. One day, instead of the usual bluegrass music, I heard the station play a song called “For Your Precious Love” by Jerry Butler and the Impressions. Th...

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Finding the Time to Create and Bring to Life a New Story

You can have many incentives to change your life: for example, recognizing that you need to change your financial situation, realizing that the person you are is not who you want to be, feeling the need to answer a spiritual call, or accepting that a relationship or situation can’t continue as it has. As a first step to altering the course of your life, you need to examine how things truly are r...

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After the Honeymoon: Idealization and Disillusionment

A while back, I read that the honeymoon phase of most relationships is about 16 months. In that first 16 months, the “other” is glorified, idealized, and thought to perfectly complement us. The “other” does not have to be a person. We can also glorify and idealize a new cause or  new passion, such as yoga, shamanism, qigong, or meditation. During this honeymoon phase, we feel we have foun...

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The Longest Journey Starts with One Step: Getting Started with Making Changes

It’s said that the longest journey starts with one step, but sometimes, that step seems so big that we talk ourselves out of taking it. On my to-do list, I check off the easy items and take a long time to get to the hard ones. I tell myself, “I don’t have enough time or enough energy today, so I’ll wait.” But I’ve learned that hard things can be broken down into smaller tasks that a...

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