Some take the road and complain the whole way

When I was seven or eight years old, I took part in a school assembly where kids shared their cultural traditions. My mother dressed me as an Indian king, wrapping me in an ill-fitting sari-like getup that did nothing for my awkward body. The minute I walked on stage, kids …

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No more therapy

She is made to endure illogical cruelty. Surprise attacks come out of nowhere and intimidation is the norm. Whenever she tries to express herself she is provoked, humiliated, and berated. He tells her over and over that she is ugly, stupid, and crazy. Wanting no boundaries between them, she loses …

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It's too big a change

But we collaborated as a team and eventually discovered our Sweet Spot Yes answer. Care to try for another shining pineapple with ideas of your own before reading on? How would you respond positively if a guest asked for the bell cart when it was against company policy? What did …

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Your Path to Self-Compassion

While walking to and from work each day, he passed a lane lined with poplar trees. On the first day, he held his breath until he reached the fourth poplar. On the second day he held his breath until he reached the fifth poplar, increasing the distance of his breath …

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The Energy Healing Journey

If your goal is to get straight A's, create a fake report card on your computer that shows A's in all of your current classes. Then put it on the wall in front of your desk. It will help you stay focused and show your mind the exact outcome you …

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Whose approval is required?

Everything's pulsing. This is as true of individual cells as it is of large vertebrate mammals. True stillness and immobility only enter our bodies when we die. The posture of meditation is able to reconcile this apparent contradiction between stillness and motion through adding the element of resilience to the …

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I can fix it!

Like a knotted garden hose that obstructs the passage of water flowing through it, a collapsed body is unable to allow the life force to move freely through its length. Obstruction to the free and unimpeded passage of the life force causes the energy of the body and mind to …

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Willing to ask for help

You can spend years nurturing a friendship, then one ill-judged comment or argument can see that entire, fragile, carefully constructed tower of trust come tumbling down. As happened to a couple of school friends of mine. Mel and Gina had been besties since high school. They socialised a lot together …

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Being Appreciated

The main difference between humans and most other primates is that we have a far more developed neocortex than they do. Ever wonder why dogs have much more expressive personalities and even something resembling a sense of humor when compared to cats? This is due, in part, to dogs having …

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Confident in my abilities

If you've ever found yourself desperate for inspiration or struggling to stay on task, nature can help. Working in front of a computer screen for any length of time quickly exhausts the brain, increasing stress and contributing to a sense of time passing too quickly. This is where taking a …

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Fighting feelings of entitlement

It can't hurt to breathe. Take a deep breath into the belly. As you exhale, say, Vuuuuuuu. Take a deep breath. As you exhale, say, Ahhhhhhh. Repeat for two to three minutes. If you're feeling like hell and your thoughts have taken a turn for the worst, before you collapse …

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Looked down on

HIIT is ideal for time-poor executives. You may be used to concentric exercise such as biceps curls and abdominal crunches, or you might want to consider getting a little eccentric in your routine. Eccentric exercise isn't about dressing up in fancy dress or doing weird moves. It's about movement that …

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Tapping into your known and unknown reserves

They are examples of the practice acting as a nice, clean mirror in which we can see the result of our deep conditioning. Seeing more clearly, we can pause, unblend, and get curious about the drama unfolding before our closed eyes. If we can put some daylight between us and …

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Unaccepting of others' reality

You now have the tools you need for self-care, the resources that will serve to help you overcome future challenges and obstacles. This model tells us our two choices are either to be consumed by our emotions or to push them away, to indulge them or repress them. It's a …

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Cultivate a Worthy Mindset

Remember, later on it won't just be kids from Kalamazoo you're competing against, his dad said. The closer you get to the ultimate goal, the tougher the competition's going to get. It'll be downright ferocious. He looked Derek square in the eyes. Are you up for that kind of battle …

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Fight Resignation with Spontaneity

Derek didn't know what to say at first. He thought he could live up to all the rules, but it was the reward at the end that really caught his attention. Maybe he would get to see the New York Yankees in person, and in the sunshine, instead of watching …

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Wrestle Complacency to the Ground

But can we fully grasp what infinity is? If consciousness simply is, and is all that is, then each of us would be part of that consciousness. Therefore, we would all be connected. Are we, in fact, all connected? The idea that we are all connected seems plausible based on …

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Focus on What You Did Right Today

The value of this type of therapy was testified to by a study led by Dr Marian Tanofsky Kraff at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. The researchers worked with overweight girls, who reported that they binged and lost control over their …

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Put Down That Device!

I walked over London Bridge in rush hour, faces thronging around me, and diagnosed each one in an instant: Psychosis . Depression . Lewy Bodies . Enjoy the burn. Today's activity will actually have to wait till this evening, when it starts getting dark. Quality time in low light is how our ancestors …

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Not seein' the wood for the trees

But as Whitman said, we're not just one thing: We're multitudes. Recent research confirms this observation. Scholars of core constructs originally thought that each of us has an innate slate of traits--we're introverted or extroverted, passive or assertive, open or closed. But thinking on this topic has evolved over time …

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Don't make a man very bitter and angry

You know, there are true teachers in every profession; Did you buy anything from her? The practice of physical yoga was perhaps a preparatory practice before one embarked on the yoga journey according to Patanjali. In fact, he begins the Yoga Sutras with, Now the instruction in yoga . The implication …

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We let the goldfish go

After fifteen minutes or so, everything began to die down. What transpired (which was obviously just memory and visualisation and not anything esoteric) was now in the past. I could just see the emptiness of space as I slowly started to absorb myself into it. I then started to feel …

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I'm in the here and now, and I'm meditating

Slow down and enjoy the process. Set goals for a season and plan on making sure it'll be an abundant harvest. Look ahead and plan ahead so you can offset the stress that comes from unreasonable expectations of yourself. But, like all of us, Mike learned even more about athlete …

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Chop that wood

By using a plate, you officialise the fact that you are eating. You can't pretend that you are not. You give yourself the chance to decide how much food to take; He also thought, If I don't jump, I'll look back when I'm seventy and say, Fuck, I should have …

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I know better now

In beating two world-class sides, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, on their way to the Final, he knew the imperative of the underdog was maximizing every ounce of potential from each player. In wars, it isn't the side with the most soldiers that wins, rather the side that uses its soldiers …

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The fires of spring are kindling bright

This is important so I am going to repeat myself. Wealthy women invest their money as opposed to spending their money. There is a significant difference and it has to do with the ability to categorize the purchase as an asset, something that goes up in value as opposed to …

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There's only here, there's only now

Lev has devoted his life to repaying that debt. He turned down the Ivy League to enroll at the City College of New York, where he was elected student body president. He won a Rhodes Scholarship, earned a PhD in chemistry, and returned to his alma mater to run a …

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I've no time for schism or lovers of greed

However, like an efficient stock market, they contend that a player's physical attributes have already been factored into their past performances, so measuring them again at the combine--and using the data as a separate metric of untapped potential--is redundant. Gathering data on all combine participants from 2001 to 2006, they …

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Standing on the beach at sunset

I considered him one of my favorite men in the world. Not only had he served me the perfect blend of coffee and milk for the past two years, he had the uncanny ability to look edgy and cool in the standard green Starbucks apron. You look like you're feeling …

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The last time we stood in the west

In order to understand my approach to treating diabetes and obesity--I like to use the term diabesity, which I think really adequately describes the problem--it is helpful to look back at my own personal journey. I went straight from high school into a six-year medical program at Northwestern University. From …

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Greet the day with hope and comfort too

Over two years he was told that he's a miracle by a cathedral of medics and therapists. But gratitude doesn't last; The shortfall, the denial and lack of awareness of it in him, and the denial and hyper-awareness in the rest of the family, meant that things would fall apart …

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The streets are so dark

To make a living, you had to spend a lot of time on the road, he said, which put stress on his family. One day he took a load to Georgia. I had already told the company, I need to be home for my daughter's birthday this weekend. <a href …

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