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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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The Secret to Why Your Behavior Is Inconsistent

Is your behavior inconsistent with your goals? If so, it could be keeping you from living the life you say you wish to lead. Exploring the inconsistencies between how you say you want to act and how you actually behave can help you stop sabotaging yourself and be true to your values and desires. I often drive in Chicago traffic, and have noticed that the cars who do not let anyone cut in when it...

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Moving on from Losses

All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, and Halloween (derived from the European pagan holiday of Samhain) are all celebrations that reflect the human experience of having to accept losses, deaths, and endings as inevitable aspects of life. We can always take some comfort in knowing that endings lead to beginnings. At this time of year, you might want to take the opportunity to let go of what is already ...

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Change Your Health Story Using Forest Bathing

Walk through a forest and your body and mind will soon reflect that you are free of electronics, artificial light, mechanical noises, and constant distractions that invisibly raise your stress levels and cause you to jump from thought to thought. Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku as it’s called in Japan, is a practice of taking time to enjoy moving through the woods one step at a time, stopping ...

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