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Stalled Out on the Way to Your Goal?

Facing the possibility of failure can be daunting. Too often, our default is to cling to the familiar even if we’re dissatisfied with our current situation. Pessimism about possibilities offers some comfort, which is why we can find ourselves thinking, “I have to accept that I’m destined to be stuck in a low-paying job” or “I’ll never find the time to learn how to sing, and anyway, wh...

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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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Integrating Transpersonal Experiences Into Your Everyday Life

Shamanic and Jungian practices allow you to engage energies that can fuel personal transformation. However, too often, inertia begins to set in as you allow yourself to become caught up in the events of your everyday life. You may continue to feel like taking risks in your relationships, and being more honest with yourself and others, but in the moment of choice, you fall into the old habit of avo...

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The Gift of Letting Go of Perfectionism

The song “We Three Kings” and the image of the three wise men captured my imagination when I was a young boy, and influenced my thinking about gifts. I knew about gold but not about frankincense and myrrh. What were they that a baby would want them instead of Lincoln Logs or Tinker Toys? To my seven-year-old-mind, those were perfect gifts! What would the baby do with the exotic gifts brought t...

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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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