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The Many Faces of Authenticity

  This article first appeared on Positive Psychology News Daily. Ah, the proverbial coming of age at 18! I wonder how many of us actually make the transition from the turbulent adolescent years to a stable adult identity when we are biologically programmed to do so. Looking Out versus Lookin...

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Feeling Stuck? Maybe It’s Time to Change Your Life Story

This article first appeared on Happify.com. “I’ll never be able to do this!” “I’ll always fail at that.” “Nothing will ever change!” Ever caught yourself declaring such prophecies of doom and gloom with absolute conviction? What is it that makes you so sure of events that have yet t...

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Busyness, Idleness, and Fulfillment

My twins’ busy schedules had become a source of worry for me. Rare were the moments when I saw them relax with a storybook, while the afternoon away with friends, or unwind by throwing hoops in the basketball net. Gone were the days when I could call them to go over old photo albums together or wa...

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Are You Desperate To Get Unstuck?

People generally go to meditation retreats to get clarity on the direction of their lives. In the quiet of nature and away from the chaos of daily stresses, they often find a path where they previously saw none. Some even move to the Himalayas to seek wisdom from the monks. In looking inwards, they ...

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Listening as an Act of Love

  This article first appeared on Positivepsychologynews.com Lunch-time was often a struggle for my mental capacities. Rarely did a day go by when my vibrant nine-year old, just back from school, failed to enlighten us with long and winding tales of girly social interactions. And rarely did ...

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How to Quiet Reason and Listen to Your True Voice

This article first appeared on Happify.com  “The heart has its reasons which reason does not know.” —Blaise Pascal You glance over your shoulder and see someone at the table across. Something inside of you instantly tells you that you should keep away. If asked to explain your reasons, you s...

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The 7 Secrets of Unwavering Self-Confidence

This article first appeared on Happify.com We’ve all had confidence-eroding events in our lives. Not getting the job we wanted, overhearing a snide remark, or getting negative feedback can all create a momentary dip in the way we feel about ourselves. If we're not careful, these transient negativ...

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Grateful for Gratitude

I guess it is the nature of parenthood to find your children ungrateful. Or at least not as grateful as they could be, should be or used to be. This feeling really hit me hard when my twins entered their teenage years. I understood the heightened activity in their limbic brains and allowed for some...

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The Lighter Side of Life

This article first appeared in Positivepsychologynewsdaily.com   “If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’ve missed the biggest joke of all.” ~ Rick Snyder   My paternal grandmother was known for her infectious sense of humor. It is rumored that when she was young, her peels of la...

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How To Start Living Gracefully

This article first appeared in Pickthebrain.com It’s 8pm. I’ve just shoved my kids in their room. They continue to fight over whose turn it is to turn off the lights. I crawl into my own bed a little later, dejected and lost and feel the pangs of guilt building up. I know their constant bickeri...

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Befriend Your Fear – It’s More Than You Think

This article first appeared on PicktheBrain.com For the longest time in my life, I bemoaned the fact that fear never left my side. Everything I did, everywhere I went, everyone I met was in the company of an unwanted companion who screamed in my ears and talked louder than anyone in the room. It m...

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Being for Yourself

(part 3 of A Soft Place to Call Home)    Now that you have made space for your thoughts and listened to them, gently, without judgment, and without reacting, what would the next steps be? How do you develop the perspective to see things from a wide lens so you become your own mentor who believes...

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Listening In

(part 2 of A Soft Place to Call Home)   “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky Conscious breathing is my anchor” Thich Nhat Hanh   In my last article, I wrote about the importance of being compassionate with ourselves at all times. But how many of us actually do it? How...

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A soft place to call home

Experiences can be painful. Such is life. When we were little, we ran to mommy and her kiss and cuddle fixed everything. Lying in her arms, there seemed not a worry in the world and the incident that had brought us running and howling was very soon a lonely cloud drifting in the far distance. Now t...

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The Week That Was…

This article first appeared on SelfGrowth.com Last week was amazing. I spent 4 mesmerizing days in Amsterdam. Yes, I am talking about the beauty of the city with its history and architecture, with timeless canals and cobbled ‘straats’, with wild trams that stop for no one and even wilder bikers...

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