My attitude determines my altitude


How to Hold Space for Yourself

How to Hold Space for Yourself

The Importance of ‘Being There’ for Yourself Most people would say they are good at supporting their friends and family, but why are we so bad at being there for ourselves? When my second eldest daughter was a few months old, she developed colic. She would wake every night, crying for several hours, utterly inconsolable. Nothing I did helped her, not breastfeeding, holding her, rocking...

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Cleansing the subconscious

Cleansing the subconscious

The most simple practice for cleansing the subconscious “Anger continued on past its usefulness becomes unjust, then dangerous… It fuels not positive activism but regression, obsession, vengeance, self-righteousness. Corrosive, it feeds off itself, destroying its host in the process.” Ursula Le Guin My god I have lived the truth of Le Guin’s profound wisdom and in my experience it does not only apply to anger...

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Is Addiction a Disease?

Is Addiction a Disease?

The current medical consensus about addiction may very well be wrong The prevailing wisdom today is that addiction is a disease. This is the main line of the medical model of mental disorders with which the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is aligned: addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease in which drug use becomes involuntary despite its negative consequences. The idea here...

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How to Change Your Life in One Second Flat

How to Change Your Life in One Second Flat

The 4 critical questions we’re all unconsciously asking each other near constantly Maya Angelou suggests there are four questions that we’re all unconsciously asking each other all the time.   We ask the people we love, we ask the people who matter to us professionally, and on a broader level, we ask the people we encounter as we go about our everyday lives: the cashier who takes...

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The 4 Stages of Life According to Carl Jung

The 4 Stages of Life According to Carl Jung

As we wander through this journey that is life, we go through fundamental changes. Some people use terms like “quarter-life crisis” or “middle age” to define where it is we think we are in our lives along the way. To me, there aren’t destinations in life. There are milestones for sure, but we can often come back to the same places that we were before....

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How to love

How to love

Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing” “To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.” BY MARIA POPOVA What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it. And yet anyone who has ever taken this wholehearted...

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10 types of pain that are directly linked to your emotions

10 types of pain that are directly linked to your emotions

“Psychosomatic means mind (psyche) and body (soma). A psychosomatic disorder is a disease which involves both mind and body. Some physical diseases are thought to be particularly prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety.” – patient.info (A quick note before we begin: it is extremely important that any severe physical symptoms must be attended to by a licensed medical...

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Conscious Relationships – accepting others as they are

Conscious Relationships – accepting others as they are

Wouldn’t life be wonderful if everyone just behaved exactly like we wanted them to? Our friends, co-workers, partners and family just did exactly what we told them to and behaved exactly how we expected them to? Ok, so that probably has about as much of a chance of happening as pigs flying does. Even though most of us know that we cannot expect people in...

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to build or to plant

to build or to plant

“In life, a person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find that they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops. Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the vicissitudes of the...

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Awakened Warriors, Arise!

Awakened Warriors, Arise!

Life is a struggle. How much more so is the spiritual life – the fight to remain conscious in an illusory world where deviant forces vie for control more than caring, battering your very body and soul day in and day out on top of your struggle to survive. Oh, we’re going peacefully downstream in the conscious dimensions. There we learn to let go and...

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