Getting Unstuck from Thoughts

Whatever the reason, it keeps us on a path we don't necessarily want to be going down, at a pace we aren't comfortable moving, and it always leads to trouble. In trying to keep up with others on a hike, there were many times when ignoring symptoms ended with me …

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Anxiety and Worry

I make it part of my practice. I keep a small radio in the bathroom and turn it to the news channel as I clean my teeth and get ready in the morning. After meditation and exercise, I read two independent newspapers online (saving longer op-eds and features for my …

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My effort leads to opportunity and unforeseen options

If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others. I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives'. If you're forever beating yourself up for making a mistake …

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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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Every second, every minute

For example, early in his popular science article, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2011), neuroscientist David Eagleman asks, If the drunk Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite and the sober Mel Gibson is authentically apologetic, is there a real Mel Gibson? It is pretty horrifying. Many people prefer a …

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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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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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I've been travelling all around the world

And remember, the act of crying is generally an expression of anxiety, pain or distress. Then, towards the end of the class, you come to realise just how much you needed just to get out of the house today. You realise that making time for yourself was the best decision …

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Sometimes I wish I could fly

It used to be common thought that mind and body were both very separate. This was the thinking of Rene Descartes, the French philosopher, mathematician and scientist, some 400 years ago. But today, we view things rather differently. The body is the gross part of the mind, and the mind …

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Don't make me over

Even the highest functioning (awful term! It's one of the reasons Asperkids tend to function best socially around older children (who may guide or nurture them) and younger kids (who will allow themselves to be bossed). Immediate peers are, by far, the toughest. This is why I have to say …

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You're part of the plan

Imagine peering into a desk or locker that is a mass of paperwork, broken crayons, random playground bits, or accumulated jackets, and trying to complete a task before the period bell rings or the next step in an explanation is missed. It means that the student - who already has to …

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Put my hands across the table

Allowing the breath to breathe you. Can you feel the breath rocking you? Can you feel the place where the breath feels the most peaceful? Allow that feel-good or soothing sensation to spread through the brain and body. That's right. As you tune in to your senses, rooted in this …

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When you hear the cry for home

Then we make a castle out of sand and knock it down with a spade. Ice cream tastes nice and we cry when it falls off the cone on to the sand. Sitting in a tiny red car on a merry-go-round is the most fun any child could ever have …

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I'm wrapped up in my dreams

In the latter years I became familiar with the various surgical, medical and psychiatric departments of the south-east of England. I have spent hours driving him to GP appointments, ophthalmology, old-age psychiatry, hearing-aid appointments, MRI scans, optometrists, dental and geriatric reviews. I have now seen at first hand the extensive …

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It comes right back to you

Marie always made a pudding, served with custard. Harry was a cheerful man who worked in the post office in Venn Street, Clapham, and used to take the boys out to play cricket. He was the nearest thing to a father either of them ever had. By now Josie had …

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Where the light comes shining through

Inevitably, he would pick up the bin and walk to the garage door, which was still shut, and call for someone to help him open it. By getting him to understand the STOP, LOOK, THINK, ACT method (I can sometimes hear him chanting under his breath! He has solved the …

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With my wife and child I'll do no man no ill

The categories of childhood sleep disorder are given below, with some suggestions for how to overcome them. They are considered disorders only when they persist for a prolonged period of time and significantly disrupt the sleep of both your child and you. Sleep Onset Association Disorder This refers to when …

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From the dark end of the street

They allow you to store cleaning products, sponges and accessories neatly, so you can access them easily and see what's there to prevent duplication in your weekly shop. Some of them also help you to reclaim space height-wise, effectively adding an extra shelf. As usual, you need to pull everything …

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Men saw the stars at the edge of the sea

The author and activist Glennon Doyle once gave a talk entitled First the pain, then the rising',58 in which she told the story of a mother who felt like a failure because her son was in pain and there was nothing she could do tofix' it. My one …

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How sweet that joyous sound

When I was growing up, I lived three houses down from Jamie Jones (a fake name, so don't bother googling). We were the same age, in the same class--and I had no idea if he had more friends or more toys than me. A curtain of unknowing separated us. I …

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Having taken in too much juice

For dogs it's a simple matter of training and tough love. Buy a dog bed and put it as far away from your room as possible. If the dog starts scratching at your door, without speaking to it take it back to its own bed - and keep doing that all …

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Let them take you for a clown

But you say that love can be a method in itself to reach the higher reality? In my opinion the yogi (in the subcontinent) has chosen to renounce love (and life to a degree) because in the core of his being, a lot of these cultural yogis do not really …

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Don't help me, find someone else

The busy Ferrari team were willing to meet with the GOSH doctors in the first place. Aristotle was privileged to study at Plato's Academy, but some kid on the other side of the world was probably just as promising as young Aristotle and never got the mentorship. How can building …

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See the water flowing way beneath the bridge

I dug deep, I hustled and I invested in the right people around me to keep me focused and on track. I formed the LBDGroup, a network for commercially smart women who collaborate and support each other (which I sold in March 2019). Since then, I've built a global speaking …

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Let us help you to forget

As little girls do, Kristin then reached out for Dad, to repair what Mom couldn't. But he wasn't there either. Thus began the eternal search for the Knight in Shining Armor. The truth was, underneath the armored helmet was the face of a structure-building, assertive mother. To me, they look …

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It will stay with me until the end

Thus, just as a body has shifted away from using glucose during a fast, eating too much processed carbohydrate, which will spike glucose and insulin, is the wrong way to end a fast. The calories we eat, when we do eat, have a powerful effect on insulin control, something we'll …

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Step right up

If we don't control where our attention goes, it is open to being dragged into any urgent thing that appears in front of us. If you've ever found yourself down a Google search rabbit warren -- you know, where you started looking at local restaurants for Friday night, and soon you're …

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The smell of sweet perfume comes drifting through

Do you want to be like that? Now, here's a real beauty secret: patience makes your appearance and energy more radiant, soft, approachable. By shifting you out of the frustrated churning in your solar plexus--the emotional energy center--to the beguiling energy of the heart. The more patient you are, the …

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My tongue gets so tied

Slowly, surely, Hans came to know what his heart longed to understand. And if we could have listened to their quiet conversations as they walked the beach or mended their nets together, this is the secret we would have learned regarding all mental and emotional storms, regardless of their size …

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You roam from your retreat and view

The system here is rigid, strict, and hopeless solitary confinement, wrote Charles Dickens, who visited Eastern State Penitentiary during a United States tour in 1842 and who evocatively described the haunted circumstances he observed therein. Over the head and face of every visitor who comes into the melancholy house, a …

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