Suffering as an Invitation

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Many of the challenges we face cannot be addressed by medicine, government, religion or the legal system.  The challenges are tests and wake-up calls reminding us to look within and listen deeply.  It is a collective journey we must each make singularly at first.  Our perception of suffering asks us to notice and dislodge old beliefs that separate us from our true nature – divinity.

If we could all realize that we are not separate entities, but sparks of the holy flame ...

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Intentional Healing – What is it and How Do I Start?

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Healing is a process of restoring balance, energy, and meaning.  It involves the unification of desire, purpose, action, receptivity and faith.  It doesn’t necessarily mean nothing hurts or your condition goes away, but it does offer you a new relationship with life, yourself and others.

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Intention involves assigning a focus to your day or specific task, choosing a deliberate idea ...

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Create a Spiritual Credo: Live Inside Out

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What do you do for spiritual self-care? Do you live by a personal credo?  I sometimes struggle to figure out how I can become more effective, disciplined and accountable.  Who has the answer? What approach fits me?  There are so many “experts,” it’s a challenge to identify a system or teacher to trust & follow.

I want to feel like this every day!

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After the recent ...

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Coping with a Diagnosis of PTSD

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PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects millions of people each year. A PTSD diagnosis usually comes after a stressful event–such as an accident, witnessing a terrorist event or military combat, or enduring abuse–and can wreak havoc on the emotions and mental well-being of an individual and his or her family.

Although most people who ...

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How to Approach the Discussion on Assisted Living

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In New England, resident elders are usually rugged individualists. This can make conversations about assisted living more of a challenge. Typically, people place more value on maintaining independence here in the Northeast. The reluctance to recognize the need to accept help can be a daunting hurdle.

Several factors may come into play – are there family members or in-home caretakers readily available to visit over time to observe how the elder is doing? What terms are you one with the elder(s) ...

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Establish a Growth Mindset in Sports

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Adult learners often try to master skills sooner than is practical.  If you lack patience or an inclination to experiment, you might put too much pressure on yourself.  In order to succeed, ultimately, achievement in sports rests upon sound process, repetition, and readiness to fail – yes, FAIL.  The reality is, unless you are willing to look silly, try new things, take risks and learn from what happens, you will not advance your skills or develop depth in your sport.

Try looking at your sport as an opportunity ...

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PKW

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Even seasoned mindfulness practitioners have lapses.  I have a new mantra – “P K W: Phone, Keys, Wallet.” This, recommended by my 21-year-old daughter, who’d picked it up from a series she watched called, “Broad City.” After flying from Spain to Brussels late one night, we walked to the baggage claim area, through a highly secure gateway with green lights and glass doors. I removed my heavy backpack, put down my parcel from the duty-free shop, with the souvenirs for my ...

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How to Embrace “Less is More” on the Golf Course

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Less is more. We all know the truth in this – when it comes to the golf swing. It doesn’t take strength as much as speed and soft hands to allow the club head to effectively compress the ball – whether we’re putting, chipping or driving the ball. Once we get out onto the golf course, the ego generally likes to take over and hit – hard and far. Often the result is not pretty and it takes a toll ...

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Mindset is EVERYTHING

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What is mindset, exactly. . . is it attitude, perspective, orientation, feeling state, thinking that is in alignment with our goals, mental focus, beliefs, or what?

It is a blend of all of these. Our mindset establishes a template for how we go about manifesting our best life. It can be improved with awareness and repeated effort. Awareness is the first thing we need. If we’re not aware of what thoughts we are holding, what beliefs we are reinforcing or accepting ...

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Wrestling with Anger Mindfully and Skillfully

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Wrestling with Anger Mindfully and Skillfully

Anger = tough subject. When we feel it, we tend to do one of two things – own it or disown it. Disowning anger involves either denying or projecting. When you deny your anger you push it down, out of awareness. That causes problems once your internal storage capacity has been met. When you disown it by projection, i.e. blaming someone else, it tends to beget a cycle of animosity that keeps on “giving,” ...

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