Facing both challenges and possibilities

My father saw his closest friend in a black mourning dress sitting beside him the night she died; One patient heard a friend's voice saying, I'm so happy. The next morning he got her e-mail: I'm pregnant. For both, it was a special communication that brought them closer. An incident …

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Being presented with uncountable wonders

We know that wherever we are, whatever the circumstances surrounding us, we are always in the right place at the right time to further our relationship with the Divine. Implied Exercise: It is never what we are in a hurry to win that makes us real winners in life. Real …

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Which moments do you look forward to the most?

The next time (and every time) you catch some negative thought or feeling that says, I am anxious, I am scared, I am mad, or I am in so much pain--the first thing to do is to come wide awake to yourself. By taking the following inner action, you can …

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Showed me many different roads

So I thought I would create a document that could act as a catalyst for people seeking to complete the 100 Goal Challenge. I wrote an e-article with 400 examples of goals that you can review, use as thought provokers or copy in eight key areas. The e-article is called …

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Providing some background on minimalism

With this happy thought she reached down to pick up the small pot off the ground. What happened next caught her off guard; The pot seemed stuck to the earth--like it was glued there! So, collecting her will, she gave it a small tug, thinking maybe some dirt had dried …

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Ways to Live Your Best Life

Take for example the Challenge Make Commercial Air Travel Fun. Then make a list under each header of words that immediately come to mind when considering the problem from that angle. In other words, free-associate--just write down whatever comes to mind. The back door opens and Mom comes in with …

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The bell becomes a conditioned stimulus

Edith viewed Frank's efforts to get her to quit her job as an effort to make her dependent. Feeling rejected, Frank turned to his parents for moral support. Frank's mother and older sister started to pay Edith visits, pointing out that Edith's behavior was making Frank feel bad. I was …

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How do humans make decisions?

He also reviews classic themes of self-improvement, such as happiness (three stars), having the perfect body (half a star), leading a cult (two stars), and getting rich quick (four stars). Although a fictive character, MacNeil's professional determination and blind commitment seemed like a good example to follow. But unlike Review …

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Secrets of the human brain and mind

A healthy musculoskeletal system is like a fine-tuned machine. However, injury, overuse, or just plain old wear and tear result in problems that are often first noticed when pain becomes a factor. Pain is like a check engine light coming on in your car. He was an enthusiastic communicator and …

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The most pivotal challenge lies within

No matter whether you are leading a team, developing marketing strategies, running a small business, or writing copy, when you are compensated for creating value with your mind, the pressure to perform is palpable. Because brilliant ideas seem to be a free and renewable resource, it's easy for you (and …

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Hold me like a string tied to a balloon

Shoulders: You'll probably find during the first stage of labor that you tighten your shoulders during contractions. This can lead to tight, shallow breathing, which decreases the oxygen that your baby receives. Slow, firm pressure on your shoulders can help release this tension. Try before: Tense your shoulders and have …

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It's not like she knows the difference or cares

And when we keep our children dependent, we're setting them up to fail. A supportive environment is not the same as a permissive one. In a supportive environment, there are rules, just as there are rules in the outside life you're preparing the child for. HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND: TOWARD …

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Cross the street and count to ten

What's more, these significant yet foreseeable life passages are likely to instigate crisis points for us if we believe that we cannot possibly be happy after an inauspicious diagnosis, after we realize that the time to achieve many of our dreams has run out, or when we're old and gray …

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You've lost total control

And this is often terribly frightening or discouraging for many students. A regression in your practice can create crippling doubt and a lot of emotional setback. Students wonder if they've lost their connection to meditation forever because the honeymoon period felt so invigorating, so true. Breech births can be a …

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I walked upon the edge of no escape

Inevitably, there may be some difficulties encountered. For one, it's likely you are not the only grandpa. Kin keeping favors maternal grandfathers--you will likely have more opportunities to be a grandpa to your daughter's children. The assessment was scary for Sandra. To help her get through it, she asked her …

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She's lost control

Sometimes we're sitting with a lot of energy. From the outsider's perspective, you are just sitting there. Nothing is happening. Maintain a strong, upright posture and keep your feet wide enough to help you balance. Simply sitting like this should provide some instant relief. Begin to sway side to side …

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