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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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How I Think About Giving on the Street

When it comes to our stories, most of us want to think of ourselves as people who are supportive of others. How much of your story involves giving to those in your community who are less fortunate? Many people don’t often ask this question of themselves until a stranger asks them for money. In that moment, they have to make a decision. Shamans say that we live in ayni, or mutuality, with the ...

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