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“It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” – Sally Kempton

 

Truer words have never been spoken.
What goes on in your head – your thoughts – have an unbelievable effect on your feelings, your behaviors, your relationships, your health & energy, your time … basically, the all of your life.

 

You are not your thoughts. But sometimes it takes time, effort, and practice to remind yourself of that. We’ll be exploring these concepts here.

Mindfulness for the Busy

Mindfulness for the Busy

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate Written by Maria Gonzalez for Harvard Business Review on March 31, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances. For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. When faced with a decision, meditators showed increased activity in the posterior insula of the brain, which has been linked to rational decision making. This allowed them to make decisions based more on fact ... Read More »

Methods to Avoid Secondhand Stress

Methods to Avoid Secondhand Stress

Protecting Yourself from Secondhand Stress Written by Jan Bruce for GPS for the Soul on February 25, 2014. Creative Commons Licensing. Empathy is a wonderful thing. In fact, it’s an essential characteristic of resilience. Understanding what makes people tick, and most importantly, what they need, is what connects you with others, which in turn bolsters your ability to weather life’s rough patches. But being attuned to others’ emotions means that you’re potentially leaving yourself wide open to their frantic, messy, grousing, all-around unpleasant feelings, too. Think of the last time you sat down with a coworker or friend who was ... Read More »

Getting Rid of the “Perfect Version” of Ourselves

Getting Rid of the “Perfect Version” of Ourselves

Goodbye Perfect Version: Why We Want Them To Like Us (And Why We Don’t Need Them To) Written by An Bourmanne for tinybuddha.com. Creative Common Licensing. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Maya Angelou I’ve been a world-class worrier about what other people would think about me for a long time. The clothes, the hair, the shoes. The books I read, the movies I liked, the music I listened to. The hobbies, the people I hung out with. The things I liked and the things I disliked. They all got scrutinized ... Read More »

Do You Know Your Purpose?

Do You Know Your Purpose?

5 Reasons Most People Never Discover Their Purpose Written by Shelley Prevost for INC on August 29th, 2013. Creative Commons Licensing. Living and working with purpose is a process of self-discovery–and one most of us never let ourselves undergo. “The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself.” Soren Kierkegaard After my last post on How to Know if You’re Working (and Living) with Purpose, I had the opportunity to hear from a handful of readers about their fear that the path they’ve chosen isn’t the right one. We are lured into thinking that the purpose of life equals upward social mobility, ... Read More »

The Truth About Stress

The Truth About Stress

The Real Truth About Stress (Or, Why bubble baths might get you clean, but they aren’t going to cure your stress) Dr. Amy Johnson published this article on her website on 3 Oct 2013. Creative Commons Licensing. “I was on my local news last week talking about stress. The truth about stress, actually. It was a little risky. You know how local news stations love to run stories about coping with stress and raising your stress tolerance? Well, I was sitting down with the health reporter who reports on those things, telling her that coping with stress didn’t work and that a lower stress ... Read More »

Loneliness is Deadly

Loneliness is Deadly

Loneliness is Deadly Written by Jessica Olien and published on Slate. Creative Commons licensing. “Over the winter I moved from New York City to Portland, Ore. The reasons for my move were purely logical. New York was expensive and stressful. Portland, I reasoned, would offer me the space and time to do my work. Upon arriving, I rented a house and happily went out in search of “my people.” I went to parks, bookstores, bars, on dates. I even tried golfing. It wasn’t that I didn’t meet people. I did. I just felt no connection to any of them. Once social ... Read More »

Awareness and Spending All Day With You

Awareness and Spending All Day With You

A Day With Yourself Written by Tamara Lackey for All in One Life on July 5, 2013. Imagine if you could spend the day with yourself, doing everything you would normally do on your own with YOU by your side.  From getting ready in the morning to eating breakfast (and hearing yourself chewing) to making a flippant joke with a friend to rushing to get to an appointment to losing your temper – all the way to plopping on the couch and zoning out, then finally climbing up to bed.  Oh, and that would include listening, intently, to everything you ... Read More »

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