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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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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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Feeling Grateful, Feeling Connected to Source

Do you sometimes find it hard to be thankful for all that you have in your life? Gratitude starts with acknowledging what you have. It may start as a mental exercise—thinking about what you’re thankful for and perhaps expressing it. But as you start to consciously acknowledge what you have, you might find yourself feeling more grateful. Feeling grateful can help shift your perspective and h...

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Breaking Through Obstacles So You Can Write a New Story

What is your story? There’s a story that you’d like other people to see, and the story you’d like it to be, but then there is the story as it really is. Is it satisfying to you, or do you want to write a new story? If you do, you may find that breaking through obstacles is difficult. To write a new story, you need to start with looking at your current story, painful though it may be.&n...

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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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