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All you need is Gratitude

All you need is Gratitude

Gratitude   Ever notice that not only are you not totally connected to this “grateful thing” but furthermore you are actually feeling ungrateful?   (Don’t worry, this is a blog. No one can see you. Be honest with yourself. Lack of gratitude is a really common struggle that folks all around you, maybe even yourself, wrestle with.)   When do you feel ungrateful and why? Perhaps you are not enjoying what’s right in front of

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The Spiritual_ Emotional Process

The Spiritual/ Emotional Detox Process

The Spiritual/Emotional Detox Process Yesterday, I was talking to a friend who was feeling down and in the throes of “stuff” she thought she’d gotten over. Oh, those ugly days, when old patterns and voices rise again!  And sometimes even louder than before and often just after an expansion or an experience that we thought had moved us to the next level. So, from there oftentimes we go even further down the rabbit hole of yuck,

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Let's talk about recreation

Let’s talk about RECREATION.

You know, the activity done for enjoyment when one is not working–pleasure, leisure, relaxation, fun, enjoyment, entertainment. And, let’s start by looking at it this way: RE-CREATION. Our play time, our pleasure time, recreation is literally the time we re-create ourselves. It is the time we allow our systems and brains and nervous systems to filter and redistribute the learnings of our lives. This is why reducing recess for young children (or encouraging high school

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Power vs. Force

How have we as a culture confused power with violence and force? Thus shunning our full capacity to live in the world and contribute to life itself? And how does this affect you and those you love in your life as it is right now? Being powerful does not mean living through violence or force or becoming an oppressor but many of us fear this– it’s  such a prevalent model—thus, to protect ourselves and those

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Yes and…

Yes and This is a week-long challenge for you— It is a mindfulness practice but it’s also a concrete action that can change your mind and support reduction of inner and outer conflict in your life. We talk a lot about the impact of being positive, the impact of positive thoughts on who and how we are—this is a practice that can support the building of strong, positively oriented neural pathways. Our minds and bodies

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Eye Contact

continued from last week… While we are on the body-brain subject Did you know that eye contact causes mirror neurons to fire even in a conflict? (Mirror neurons are what make us yawn when we see someone else do it, or tear up when we are with someone experiencing grief.) We tend to stop having eye contact when a conversation or experience becomes stressful, and this powerful little support mechanism of connection goes away. (Because

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