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Free Yourself from the Familiar

Our stories are often reflected in what we say to others when they ask how we are. You might tell a story like, “Everyone in my family has bad luck, so no, I haven’t tried to find a new job even though I can’t stand the one I have.” Or, you might say, “No, I haven’t done meditation since we last talked. I know they say it can help with anxiety, but anxiety runs in my family. I’ve al...

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From Fractured to Whole: Individuation and the Ouroboros

In some ways, all of us are fractured, a collection of selves that can be at odds with each other. The dreamer self might wrestle with the practical self. The self that strives to please others might be in competition with the self that resents the burden of having to conform to people’s expectations. When we come to peace with our many selves, accepting them rather than denying them...

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When Conflicts Are Giving You a Headache

The emotional stress of being in conflict with others can take its toll on you, even causing headaches or other stress-related physical problems. When conflicts are giving you a headache, literally or figuratively, you can learn more about how to stop that phenomenon. One thing that can help is expanded awareness practices in which you open a channel of communication with the aspect of your a...

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Let Nature Help You Heal

Did you know that natural sounds such as the wind swooshing through trees and water softly sloshing against the shore of a lake can actually cause your nervous system to switch into a repair mode, relaxing you? And according to scientific research, you can achieve the same effect merely by listening to recordings of natural sounds. I wrote about working with nature sounds for healing in a recent a...

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Is It Possible to Change the Past?

In each person's life story are unchangeable elements. Past events become part of the story of a person's life, and there are no time machines for returning to a moment that is long gone. Most people would say it is not possible to change the past. However, everyone of us has the power to change the way the past lives within us and to alter the story we tell about our experiences. Doing so can may...

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