Lots Of I, Me, My Don’t Make You A Narcissist

Lots Of I, Me, My Don’t Make You A NarcissistRather than narcissism, frequent use of first-person singular pronouns—I, me, and my—may indicate a tendency for emotional distress, new research finds.

Dealing With Fear And Anxiety in Decision Making

Dealing With Fear And Anxiety in Decision Making
Generally we think of fear as something negative to be conquered, however fear isn’t always bad. In the right circumstances and in small doses it looks like caution or pru­dence, and it can play a constructive role in your decision making.

Do Generalizations Serve Us?

Generalizations Don’t Serve Us
The inaccuracy of generalizations lead to much confusion in our attitudes, which then translates into inappropriate actions. I’ve learned to pay very close attention to how people speak and write and have discovered that expressed generalizations are all too common...

Wu-Wei: The Art of Letting Go of Controlling Life

Wu-Wei: The Art of Letting Go of Controlling Life
In the cosmic sphere of energy, wu-wei is the feminine (yin/passive/receptive/earth) principle of the universe. Translated into English from Lao-tzu’s perspective, wu-wei means “non-doing,” “non-action,” or “effortless action.” These translations are literally correct and lead us to the intuitive and ultimate psychological experience of wu-wei.

The Divine Setup: Are You Attached to Your Perception?

The Divine Setup: Are You Attached to Your Perception?
Sometimes our perceptions can get us into trouble. What appears so clearly to be our reality may not be real at all. Or it may be partially correct, but not the whole picture. We humans have a tendency to interpret our partial experiences as the whole truth and ignore other people's partial experiences.

5 Reasons Why Being Kind Makes You Feel Good

5 Reasons Why Being Kind Makes You Feel Good
Everybody can appreciate acts of kindness. But when it comes to explaining why we do them, people often take one of two extreme positions. Some think kindness is something completely selfless that we do out of love and care, while others believe it is just a tool that we cunningly use to become more popular and reap the benefits.

Nita’s Story: Discovering My Power Animal and Finding Forgiveness

Nita’s Story: Discovering Your Power Animal and Finding Forgiveness
The time came when my life was disrupted by soul longing for wholeness, manifesting as serious depression. Through grace, I found my way to a workshop on healing into wholeness. There I met Linda Star Wolf who taught us how to discover our power animal.

How We Decide Who And What We Care About

How We Decide Who And What We Care About

When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards others. That is, whether we care about the well-being of others, and act accordingly.

How Olympians Train Their Brains To Become Mentally Tough

How Olympians Train Their Brains To Become Mentally ToughWe have witnessed some exceptional performances during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. For any athlete to deliver a gold medal performance, mental toughness is an essential ingredient. But what exactly is mental toughness — and how does an athlete develop it?

Spiritually Healing The Emotional After-Effects Of Abortion

Spiritually Healing The Emotional After-Effects Of Abortion
Susan, a woman in her fifties, came to one of my workshops and asked to work with the process called Healing Relations with the Unborn. She related the following story of an abortion she had undergone as a young woman, with lingering painful after-effects.

Are You Rebelling Against Yourself?

Are You Rebelling Against Your Own Self?
As children we rebelled against our parents, against authority. Yet now that we are adults and are in charge of our own lives, whom are we rebelling against? The answer is the same: authority. Yet we are often the rebeller and the rebellee at the same time. Strange concept? Possibly, but one that we give...

Finding Balance: Life Is About Balance

Finding Balance: Life Is About Balance
In all areas, I believe balance is key to living a peaceful and successful life. As the saying goes, “All work and no play” makes for a dull life. But what about all creativity and no responsi­bility? Even if that were a possibility, I’d like to argue that this would not make anyone happy.

Blowing Off Steam To Keep Your Life Manageable?

Blowing Off Steam To Keep Your Life Manageable?
Being constrained by a civilization’s laws and regulations, combined with a low tolerance for emotional expression, pro­duces discontents for some if not all of that civilization’s inhab­itants. Underneath our fashionable veneers we are still animals...

How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental Health

How Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Mental HealthWhen children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on Feb. 14, 2018 in Broward County, Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will the same thing happen to me?

Shedding Light On Fear and Seeing It For What It Really Is

Shedding Light On Fear and Seeing It For What It Really Is
How do you shed light on fear, and see it for what it really is? You question it by asking, “Says who?” Like a boogieman in your mind, you need to stand up to it and let it know who’s in control and the boss of your thoughts. It’s either you or your fear-based thought. It’s important to decide who’s really in charge of your thinking.

Why Saying "I Don't Know" Is A Key To Success

Why Saying "I Don't Know" Is A Key To SuccessIn the earliest stages of our education, it gets drilled into us that certainty is good, and phrases like "I don't know" or "I'm not sure" are lesser ways of thinking.

What Should I Do If My Child Is A Cyberbully?

What Should I Do If My Child Is A Cyberbully?Cyberbullying has become a significant issue for young people learning to navigate a life that is increasingly online. Like bullying that occurs face-to-face, cyberbullying can have serious effects on the physical and mental health of victims.

Dealing with Fear: A Meditation Journey with Sekhmet

Dealing with Fear: A Meditation Journey with Sekhmet
Fear is one of our greatest teachers. From the time we have our first childhood lesson of keeping our hands off the hot stove to our mature ability to recognize danger and get out of the way, fear has earned our respect and has tremendous influence over our behavior. But sometimes fear holds us back...

Being Vulnerable: Stepping Out From Behind Our Walls

Being Vulnerable: Stepping Out From Behind Our Walls
Living behind a glass wall can be lonely. You can see the others out there, yet you somehow remain separated from them. Your wall may be called "I'm not good enough" or "No one understands me or loves me". These glass walls have a way of magnifying the negative. Yet whatever you see through the wall is only the...

Wilde About Letting Go

Wilde About Letting Go
Letting go is a hard one. Every part of humanity is designed to hang on. We hang on to our family connections, to the certificate we got at school, to our money, we embrace and hang on to our children, we lock our car and hang on to it. I think the whole definition of letting go is to stand outside the emotion.

When You Have to Choose: Feeling Your Way to a Decision

When You Have to Choose: Feeling Your Way to a Decision
The way you think about decisions gives you a remarkable decision-making super power that enables you to make decisions with confidence even when you have just the smallest glimpse of data. As a matter of fact it’s so good that, if you were the only one who had it, you could charge a fortune on your own psychic hotline. Fortunately for the rest of us, we all come hard-wired with this amazing capability, and all we have to do is learn to use it effectively.

Learning To See Everything Differently

Learning To See Everything Differently
Is there anything going on in your life that just wears you out? A thankless job, a chronic illness, a troubled rela­tionship? Have you gone over and over this situation or circumstance without finding a solution or a way out?

What You Need To Know About Compulsive Shopping

What You Need To Know About Compulsive Shopping

Many people will have hit the shops or gone online to bag a bargain in the January sales over the last few weeks and may now be feeling the pinch until their next payday.

Dismantle the Memory of the Old You and Become the New You

Dismantle the Memory of the Old You and Become the New You
Just because you have a thought doesn’t necessarily mean it is true. Most thoughts are just old circuits in your brain that have become hardwired by your repetitive volition. Thus, you have to ask yourself, “Is this thought true, or is it just what I think and believe while I am feeling this way?"

Why More Men Are Wearing Makeup Than Ever Before

Why More Men Are Wearing Makeup Than Ever Before
Male grooming is now a multi-billion worldwide industry, thanks to a growing number of men spending more on their appearance. Face wash, moisturiser, pore strips and hair removal products are now commonly featured in many a man’s bathroom cabinet – and now also, makeup.

How You Too Can Experience the Comfort of Forgiveness

A Healing Adventure: Experiencing the Comfort of Forgiveness
When the stock market plummeted in 2003 and I lost a third of my savings, I had a very hard time getting over the fact that I didn’t see it coming. Some young part of myself still believed I should be all powerful and all knowing. It’s a form of magical thinking many of us have developed...

These 5 Tips May Help You Finally Quit Smoking

These 5 Tips May Help You Finally Quit SmokingQuitting smoking is a popular New Year’s resolution—but many have trouble sticking with it. “Many people underestimate how difficult it is to not only quit smoking, but to maintain the change.”

Are Your Health Resolutions Really A Free Choice?

Are Your Health Resolutions Really A Free Choice?Modern citizenship in the West increasingly involves a duty to care for ourselves – to eat healthily, exercise enough and even screen ourselves for disease – to minimize our health-care costs to the state.

The Pressure of "Should": The Voice of Ego's Difficult Dictator

The Pressure of "Should": The Voice of Ego's Difficult Dictator
It is vital that we learn to tell the difference between a prompt­ing from our Spirits and one coming from the fearful ego — our own, or those of others. Any call to action not coming through your Spirit as inspiration can probably be labeled as a should, an...

Life Is Like A GPS: You're On A Need-To-Know Basis

Life Is Like A GPS: You're On A Need To Know BasisA while back, in a conversation with my inner guidance, I was trying to find out some specifics on a project that I was working on. As in, when is this going to take place? Who's going to be handling it? Where is it going to be done? When is it going to be complete? All questions that my restless mind wanted to know. NOW!

Rethinking Gratitude This New Year

Rethinking Gratitude This New YearIt’s a new year, which means that it’s also time to imagine new beginnings and better futures. It’s time, in short, for New Year’s resolutions. Gratitude, in particular, has become a popular resolution. For many of us, living gratefully seems to promise more happiness in our lives. But what if we’ve got gratitude all wrong?

Don’t Let The Past Define The Present

Don’t Let The Past Define The Present
Don’t let the past define the present. This is such an obvious idea that when I first encoun­tered it my reaction was, “Of course! That’s not new information.” And then I promptly fell back into my nor­mal way of seeing life that was through the lens of the past. I did this so unconsciously that I honestly didn’t see how powerful my attachment to the past had become over the years.

Why Do You Check Your Phone 150 Times a Day?

Why Do You Check Your Phone 150 Times a Day?Do you really have sovereignty over own your mind anymore? Tristan Harris, a design thinker and former ethicist at Google, points to how smart phones changed our contract with advertisers, and our relationship with reality.

Why We Love Holiday Rituals And Traditions

Why We Love Holiday Rituals And Traditions

The mere thought of holiday traditions brings smiles to most people’s faces and elicits feelings of sweet anticipation and nostalgia. We can almost smell those candles, taste those special meals, hear those familiar songs in our minds.

Charles Dickens Did Not Invent Christmas – But His Seasonal Ghosts Are Still Relevant

Charles Dickens Did Not Invent Christmas – But His Seasonal Ghosts Are Still RelevantAt this time of year, readers worldwide turn to Charles Dickens, and A Christmas Carol in particular. Such is Dickens’ association with the season that a new film has even credited him with being “The Man Who Invented Christmas” with his famous tale. So did he? And what did Dickens really tell us in the pages of A Christmas Carol?

Here's What Psychiatrists Have To Say About The Holiday Blues

Here's What Psychiatrists Have To Say About The Holiday BluesThis time of the year brings a lot of changes to the usual day-to-day life of hundreds of millions of people: The weather is colder, trees are naked, snowy days become plentiful and friendly critters are less visible around the neighborhood.

Why Doing Good Can Do You Good

Why Doing Good Can Do You GoodWe feel good when we do a good deed, so there must be a psychological benefit to helping others? But how can we know for sure? The best way to study the health benefits of kind deeds is to look at studies of volunteering.

Why You Believe Lies You Hear More Often

Why You Believe Lies You Hear More OftenEven if you think of yourself as a human lie detector, there are some untruths that will sneak under the hood. For that, you can thank your brain, and it's absolute adoration for all things familiar, says Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic.

Can Math Predict What You’ll Do Next?

Can Math Predict What You’ll Do Next?Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict the future.

How To (and Why) See Things from a Different Perspective

How To (and Why) See Things from a Different PerspectiveThose who recover the best from painful events are those who find something meaningful in the experience. The exercise below helps us see events and circumstances from a different perspective and find meaning in what otherwise might seem to be baffling or meaningless events.

Learn to Let Go of Painful Memories and Be Happy

Painful Memory: Let It Go & Be HappyPeople set themselves up for difficulties through their memories of pain. For instance, in the past, you or someone you know may have lost money, a job, a house, or a relationship. These issues, rife with fear and other negative emotions, establish a deep pattern in memory and...

How To Let Go of Anger and Hatred and Create Loving-Friendliness

How To Let Go of Anger and Hatred and Create Loving-FriendlinessWe can replace angry or hostile thoughts with thoughts of loving-friendliness. Loving-friendliness radiates to the whole world the wish that all beings enjoy a comfortable life with harmony, mutual appreciation, and appropriate abundance. Though we all have the seed of loving-friendliness within us, we must make the effort to cultivate it.

Your Face Makes the First Impression—What Does It Say?

Your Face Makes the First Impression—What Does It Say? So in the early days, including from the time of Aristotle and later in the 16th and 17th century most of physiognomy consisted of this whimsical comparisons between the physiognomy of humans and animals.

Easing Fear in Children (and Adults)

Easing Fear in Children (and Adults)Many of the fears that parents have and try to hide from their children are not quite hidden. Emotional fears, financial, or any fear at all is picked up on by children. The good news is that fear is normal. We all have fears...

Only the Shadow Knows: Befriending Your Shadow

Befriending the Shadow SelfConformity is how we have been conditioned to participate in a false sense of security which results in us being out of integrity with ourselves. On a deep, unconscious level we are aware of this and this awareness largely informs our suffering.

I Am Truly Sorry for Causing You Pain

"I Am Truly Sorry for Causing You Pain"Forgiveness is radical. Both forgiving and asking for forgiveness go against deeply ingrained psychological and political truths. We fight against it. We reject its premises. We think we want to be -- or at least, want to appear to be -- blameless at all times. By forgiving another...

Why Addiction May Be A Matter Of Motivation, Not Habit

Why Addiction May Be A Matter Of Motivation, Not HabitMotivation, rather than habit, drives addictive behavior in the face of adverse consequences and constantly changing circumstances, new research suggests. “We’re challenging the definition of addiction as a habit…”

Connecting With and Reclaiming Your Navigational System

Connecting With and Reclaiming Your Navigational SystemNo submarine could operate without its sonar, no driver with­out maps and signs. Yet most of us arrive at adulthood with many of our inner signal readers numbed out — or totally blocked.

How To Calm Your Emotions

anxiety 11 16Being by yourself—even for just 15 minutes—may decrease your strong positive and negative emotions, and instead reduce stress and induce calm, a new study suggests.

People With Depression Report Wanting To Work Out

People With Depression Report Wanting To Work OutMental health providers may want to take a closer look at including exercise in their patients’ treatment plans, a new study suggests. “Physical activity has been shown to be effective in alleviating mild to moderate depression and anxiety.”

Kindness Matters -- So Does Appreciation, Respect, Listening, And Generosity.

Kindness Matters -- So Does Appreciation, Respect, Listening, And Generosity.The relationship with your guides is equivalent in many ways to your relationships with other people. It is very important to express your gratitude daily. These two points are so important, I want to drive them home by sharing a not-so-comfortable experience of mine from a few years ago, when I had a major meltdown about money.

The Universe Rewards Us for Giving and for Gratitude

The Universe Rewards Us for Giving and for GratitudeHave you ever heard the saying “You get what you give”? This short saying is true. When you do nice things for others for unselfish reasons, the Universe will reward you tenfold.

The Endless Circle Of Grace: Surrender, Acceptance and Peace

The Endless Circle Of Grace: Surrender, Acceptance and PeaceReoccurring demands and challenges can be particularly frustrating. Everyone knows what it feels like to go two steps forward and one step back. Your frustrations are actually the key to finding inner freedom. Each one requires surrender and acceptance.

Shame: It's Unhealthy, Self-Destructive & Extremely Toxic

Shame: It's Unhealthy, Self-Destructive & Extremely ToxicShame is an unhealthy and extremely toxic emotion that makes a person very sick inside. It plays out in families and in society in a self-destructive and violent way, and it is at the root of addiction as well as all forms of abuse. You can heal your shame...

Why Wanting Revenge Is Only Natural

Why Wanting Revenge Is Only NaturalRevenge in fiction can be shocking, but it often embeds a moral message. There is heroic revenge, a staple of the American movie world, in which the determined hero or anti-hero acts against an evil protagonist (the law being ineffective or absent).

We Owe These 5 Research Discoveries To Twins

We owe these 5 research discoveries to twinsTwin research has led to all kinds incredible insights into an important mystery: nature vs. nurture or how the environment and our genes affect our health.

Why The Clocks Changing Are Great For Your Brain

Why The Clocks Changing Are Great For Your BrainOctober is a dismal time of year. The clocks go back, which accelerates the onset of darker evenings and the “shorter days” inevitably lead to calls for the tradition of putting clocks forward or backward to stop.

How To Measure The Implicit Biases We May Not Even Be Aware We Have

How To Measure The Implicit Biases We May Not Even Be Aware We HaveWhen most people think of bias, they imagine an intentional thought or action – for example, a conscious belief that women are worse than men at math or a deliberate decision to pull someone over because of his or her race.

Can We Stop Hiding and Connect through the Joy of NonAttachment?

Perfectly Imperfect Connections: The Joy of NonAttachmentThe first step to connection is to open ourselves to the possibility that we can survive the hurts and failures that inevitably accompany our humanity and that of those around us. Self-protection, in the long run, is self-destruction. If we hide out long enough...

What Rape Culture Says About Masculinity

What Rape Culture Says About MasculinityThe phrase “rape culture” elicits strong responses. Prominent among them are confusion, scoffs, anger and even anonymous vitriol from internet “haters.”

Priming the Deep Wellspring of the Heart

Priming the Deep Wellspring of the HeartAlthough the energy field of the heart has been proven to be quite powerful, in our culture today the voice of the heart is often muted or ignored altogether. When our heart’s intelligence isn’t activated, we can easily feel confused, or we may listen only to the voice of the head telling us what we should do.

How To Let Yourself Off the Hook Using Forgiveness

Forgive and Let Yourself Off the HookIf you think of forgiveness as “letting someone off the hook,” you believe that you are doing someone else a favor by forgiving them. After all, they are really guilty and deserve your judgment and condemnation.

Dealing With The Fear Of Disapproval And Other Challenges

Dealing With The Fear Of Disapproval And Other ChallengesMany people mistakenly think or fear that their choices and behavior will displease others and be the cause of another person's displeasure or unhappiness. It could be their partner, their parents, their children, their friends. The fear is that if you or I do what feels best to us – it might make someone else unhappy.

How To Free Ourselves By Forgiving Others

How To Free Ourselves By Forgiving OthersThere are few emotions as uncomfortable as resentment. An old say­ing sums it up well: "We drink the poison and then wait for the other person to die." Resenting others, we do poison ourselves. When our energy is spent on...

Does Color Really Affect Our Mind And Body?

Does Color Really Affect Our Mind And Body?Blue light has been claimed to reduce suicides on train stations. Red makes the heart beat faster. You will frequently find this and other claims made for the effects of different colours on the human mind and body. But is there any scientific evidence and data to support such claims?

Are All Working Class Men Too Macho and Tough To Seek Help?

Are All Working Class Men Too Macho and Tough To Seek Help?Men are bad at looking after their health, or so the received wisdom goes. Indeed, evidence has shown that men have significantly higher death rates than women from cancer due to delays in seeking medical help.

The Desire for Safety, Security and Authenticity

authenticityBecause of recent global financial upheavals, people are more aware than ever of their need to feel that the ground beneath them won’t open up and swallow them whole. Even those who know they can count on friends, family, and community to support them in a time of crisis long to...

Why People Like Government Nudges To Change Their Behavior?

Why People Like Government Nudges To Change Their Behavior?Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize for his extraordinary, world-transforming work in behavioral economics. Thaler demonstrated how nudging – or influencing people while fully maintaining freedom of choice – “may help people exercise better self-control when saving for a pension, as well in other contexts.”

Get Rid of Ambiguity and Feel Good About The Choices You Make

Get Rid of Ambiguity and Feel Good About The Choices You MakePart of your life isn’t work­ing. The part of your life I’m talking about is wherever dissatisfaction and doubt are making you spin in circles, feeling dissatisfied with whatever you have, or stuck in doubt about what you should do. Where in your life do you feel that way?

Hollywood Stuntman’s Fear Blocking Technique

Hollywood Stuntman’s Fear Blocking TechniqueI feel fear exactly as you do. I’m certainly no daredevil, despite what you might expect of a member of The Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame! Nor am I an “adrenaline junkie,” despite the Guinness World Records I hold.

Your Pain Body and Your Joy Body: Which One Will You Feed?

Your Pain Body and Your Joy Body: Which One Will You Feed?Almost everyone carries accumulations of old emotional pain, what Eckhart Tolle calls the “pain-body.” This pain-body feeds on what has happened in the past, and feeds on negative thinking and drama in relationships. Your joy-body stores family, ancestral, and collective joy. It feeds on positive, transporting experience.

Real Beauty Doesn't Need To Be Retouched

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The giant global photographic agency, Getty Images, has announced it plans to ban retouching of images of models “to make them look thinner or larger”.

How Child Abuse Can Alter The Adult Brain

child abuse 10 2Child abuse and other traumatic childhood experiences may alter the brain, making the effects of trauma last into adulthood.

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