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New Year, New Theme: Getting Unstuck from Old Habits

Archetypes are patterns infused with energy. When you look at your patterns, that is, your habits of mind or behavior, you may not realize they are powerfully affecting your life. The “stickiness” of your habits reveals how much energy they hold. Some behavioral patterns can be like a sticky note, easily changed with conscious effort. Such habits are often new. A friend of mine asked her husb...

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Thanksgiving Prayers and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the blessings received during the year. It can also be a time for reflecting on the bounty of the Earth. Now that we have access to food year round, we can feel disconnected from this aspect of Thanksgiving. After all, you can find pumpkin pie at a diner in summer, or order sliced roast turkey at a deli in the spring. Feeling gratitude for the riches of the...

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Is Gossip Destructive or Productive?

We live in a world where gossip can quickly go viral. In the past, true and untrue stories told about others might spread over days or even weeks. Now they can spread in minutes. I don’t know many of the celebrities who are in the news, but I find gossip about them in the media competing for my attention. I’m struck with how much of my time can be potentially taken up by news about people I do...

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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 are...

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