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It made him realize that he was still engaged in negative thinking--this discovery was one of the many gifts the relationship gave him. He got to see things differently and shine a light on some of his issues. His partner's response was a reflection not of the wound, but of the opening that can be created: a more loving view and positive belief about love. Their relationship remains strong, and they continue to open and heal each other's hearts. Kenneth's issues were around his identity and lack of self-love, but many people have grieved over the loss of who they thought they should be. Some men will grieve the six-pack abdomen they hoped they might achieve, and many women will have to let go of that bikini body they'll never attain. Others wish they were taller, shorter, or even another race. In the end, we all must grieve these wish we were thoughts and move toward happiness and acceptance as our true reality. Let's take a little more time to examine this type of grief. It can also teach many ways to accept life in general and to manage and overcome negative emotions like fear, anger, jealousy, weakness, regret and any other emotional painful moments. Reading these blissful rhymes about meditation that go from A to Z teaches many ways how to find inner peace, balance, happiness, inner wealth, aging and growing gracefully and achieving the ultimate freedom and Zen. Juliana uses the simple form of rhymes to encourage even beginners of meditation to discover their way of Zen in an unorthodox and unconventional way because everyone and even the most busy person can read these easy to consume poems. This interesting and intriguing food for thought touches everyone's life and no matter what one knows already about the fascinating world of meditation. The article encourages everyone who is interested in meditation to take a peek inside and be inspired by the many ways of meditation. This Zen Is Like You article can be used in an unlimited way to help you spiritually grow and enrich yourself - just like the unlimited ways of meditation that you will discover inside! The one who makes the most creative use of the article is the one who will find the most value in it because there is truly an unlimited amount of applications and uses for this helpful article. You could take one poem a day and reflect upon it. You could use a poem and gift it to a loved one. You could use a specific poem to prove a point or to give encouragement, inspiration and motivation to someone you love or yourself. A new study by scientists at Johns Hopkins discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, the parts of their brains that are linked to self-censoring and inhibition, like the prefrontal cortex, quite literally turn off.

What does this teach us about the power of curiosity? First, it begins to help us understand that when we engage in acts of genuine curiosity, we are permitted to explore with less fear of failing. In a cool way, curiosity becomes greater than fear, decreasing our need to self-censor and inhibit our creativity, and instead permits self-expression and increases creative flow. Second, it teaches us that genuine curiosity is more related to a willingness to explore and improvise and is less about merely finding answers to questions just for the sake of knowing. This certainly lines up with my experience as a professional magician, offering insight into the twenty years of that nonstop line of questioning that all magicians face from members of our audiences: How did you do that? Is the asking of that question an act of genuine curiosity? Or is it simply an attempt to avoid the discomfort our information age-trained brains feel in response to mystery? I believe it's the latter. You may feel the urge to know how a trick works for the sake of not being driven crazy by not knowing the answer. I worked hard, but I failed to properly identify where my effort should be directed. I was focusing on low-priority things and so busy being busy that I canceled plans with my sweetheart; I was trying to do everything instead of tackling a single important task at a time, which is never a fruitful course of action. It took a few days to realize what was going on. I stepped back and, from a detached perspective, defined my critical tasks, pushed the noncritical to later, and went to work in a more purposeful and focused manner. In one day, I edited the article, filmed three videos for the YouTube channel, and managed to reduce my e-mail inbox to zero. I also took my lovely lady out for dinner, enjoyed a walk with the pup, and worked out. There's a time and place for everything. You just need to figure out the place and time for your tasks before you even think about working on them. And you cannot give time to more than a single thing, it's a useless act that bears no fruit. And then take all the good information you have gathered into quiet reflection, paying attention to your intuitive guidance.

My inner guidance was a feeling of a match, a resonance similar to the excitement I had put forth in my original intention. It turns out that the person I felt the greatest boost of matching energy about partnering with was an answer to my bigger, broader desire to sell my business. Within months of our forming a partnership, opportunities presented themselves that were an exact match to my desire to sell the business at the price I wanted. The business partner who I thought was teaming up with me to grow the business instead was the conduit for selling it for me. Listening to my inner guidance connected me with the right person to fulfill my big, down-the-road goal much faster than I had thought possible. The inner knowing to discern which opportunities are right for you has many names. Most people call it intuition. I tend to call it inner wisdom. Some people like to call it inner guidance. First, your clients identify which of the existential realities (ie, lack of control, isolation, identity, death) is their primary concern at that moment. Have them picture an image in their mind that captures that fear. It may even be a moment in their past when they have experienced that fear. Ask them to close their eyes, be aware of their breath, and notice how their body responds. Remind them that, at any time, they can open their eyes; Invite your clients to imagine this reality by picturing that image in their mind: They are out of control, alone, don't know who they are, or are near death. Ask them to describe what they are experiencing across all five senses (eg, what they see, what they feel on their skin or in their body, what they hear, what they smell, if there are any tastes). After some time of active imagery, some clients may find a slight sense of peace or resolve; In either case, it is helpful to make connections about how it might look to experience a meaningful response in the midst of this existential reality: peace when they are out of control, connection when they are alone, being known with an uncertain identity, or living fully when they are dying. The goal is to gently orient your clients toward meaning in the face of their deepest fear. I felt reasonably good.

The only sign was the blood in the stool. I thought this was an immense discrepancy--between the word cancer, a kind of death sentence, and how I felt at the time. Well, eighteen months later, I guess the person meets the diagnosis. I look horrible, and feel that way, too. I've been trying to write down my feelings. But I simply don't have the energy or the concentration. I forget what I've gone through. All the hours in clinics and waiting rooms, the hospitalizations, one test result more depressing than the next. The inexorable course of things. When we talk about such a thing, the mind may easily travel to the concept of multiple personalities, now known as dissociative identity disorder, where the mind fractures in order to cope with severe trauma. In this disorder, separate personalities or selves come out, some of which may not have knowledge of one another. Or we may consider sub-personalities as a form of pathology, as we are not in a place to reconcile the difference between wounded aspects of self, such as inner children, and the aspects of ourselves that may simply have different interests and needs. While this can move into an area of pathology or severe imbalance, even the healthiest among us contain separate selves, separate identities. All of these different selves provide a centralizing identity; These selves are formed through our relationship with our inner selves, as well as a relational context. We form our identity based on the movies we see, the teachers we had, the literature we read, who our parents and friends were, and many other sources. We are informed by archetypes: recurrent symbolic figures and symbols in mythology and literature. Our relationship to those archetypes deeply informs who we are, as well as who we feel we should be. Mother, father, hero, nurturer, lover--these are all labels with an expected role in society. AA, however, is not for everyone.

Some people believe AA is for recovery from alcoholism only, and that following the steps is enough to accomplish that in every case. Consequently, some people may frown on the use of medication and may discourage any talk about emotional issues that might be affecting someone's addictions. Another aspect of AA groups that can cause difficulty for women is that this program was originally formed to help men who had tried everything else and failed. Some people in the groups can adopt a rather authoritarian and rigid approach to the way they believe people need to follow the program. To a dissociator, this attitude might feel very much like abusive relationships they have had in the past, so for some people, the dynamics can be triggering. For someone with DID, it is important for an adult part to attend the meetings. If a younger part operates more like a teen, yet feels that she shares the addiction, she can share space with the adult. Such sharing helps increase co-consciousness and decrease the likelihood of being triggered. It is helpful to remember that all the parts together create the whole person. Grieving What Never Was Most of us understand how we feel about the people and pets we've lost--but there are other kinds of grief, of course, including the type we feel regarding our assumptive lives. The following is a perfect example. Dawn had done a lot of work on healing her cancer. Her journey had included Western medicine as well as complementary treatments. She now sat in a support group and shared that she was cancer-free, but still overwhelmed with sadness. The news about my cancer treatment is good, so why do I feel so sad? While she had done her healing work, she hadn't taken the time to grieve. What did she need to grieve with cancer? Many things. You could play with the letters.