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Happy New Year!

Every January 1st, I pick a new meditation to practice every day for the entire year.

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Your Brain on Meditation

Meditation
The Brain

Ever wonder what your brain looked like on meditation?

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The Basic Needs of a Romantic Relationship

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Relationships

Happy February! As valentine's day gets closer, were taking a peek at the basic needs of a romantic relationship.

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The Attitude of Gratitude

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Gratitude

What does it mean to really be thankful in life? What are the tools to get you there?

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The Essence of Truth

Are you looking for a certain something that will make everything okay? Something that will make life all better? Something that will remove your pain and suffering? I am sorry to say that this is not something that you can find on a shelf or from another person. However, you can still obtain what you seek: it’s found within yourself.

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The Art of Surrender

Many of us tend to think of “surrender” as a dirty word. I often see an incredulous expression on clients’ faces when I talk about the act of surrendering; it is like I am asking them to give up or give in. But, actually, surrendering is sometimes empowering. It asks us to let go, or at least to loosen our grip. By submitting to certain situations and circumstances, we place trust in the process of life. Whatever the outcome may be is merely a natural development. When we are no longer over-governing our lives, our minds can be clear of distracting thoughts.

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The Relationship Between Children and their Parents

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Family

Unless you actively work on building a comprehensive relationship with your parents, you may find that you don’t know much about them at all.

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The Birthday Tradition

October is my birthday month. In the tradition of my mother’s teaching of giving to others when it is your birthday, I would like to gift you with some knowledge.

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Closeness

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Relationships

Do you feel close to your partner? How about your family and friends? What do you think is more important in your life: feeling connected or being valued?

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A Balanced Reaction

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Relationships

How do you gauge your reaction to situations? Have you ever thought that your reaction was not right for a particular situation? Has anyone ever pointed this out to you, remarking that your reaction was not appropriate?

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Are You Your Child’s Friend?

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Family

My son recently asked me if I was his friend. “No,” I answered. “I am your mom.”

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Why You Should Practice Meditation Every Day

Imagine if you lived your life without basic hygienic matters like washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or changing your underwear. Within a day, you would start to feel dirty: sticky, stinky, and soiled. (Forgive me for being blunt, but it’s part of the territory when you have two sons!) Filth can and does coat our bodies if we do not take the time to cleanse ourselves.

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Foregiveness

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Relationships

Forgiveness is a hot topic. Everyone likes to talk about completing the task, myself included. In fact, I have even sponsored Dr. Fred Luskin, the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project and professor at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Luskin has written many books on the subject that theorize the various benefits of forgiveness.

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Cosmic Jokes

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Relationships

You might have heard of the term “cosmic joke” — but what is it? This is when we have two ways of life or philosophies which contradict one another yet are both true. An example can be found in relationships: if someone is seeking support in exchange for security but is unable to satisfy that expectation without their own needs being fulfilled first.

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September 11th

Today is September 11th. For many Americans, it is both a day of sadness and one that breeds fear. It is also a day of remembrance; one in which we reflect on humanity and sacrifice. I would like to honor those who gave their lives to protect others, whether they were on a plane or serving their country on the ground. Our lives are valued by the amount of courage we bring to it, which is exactly what those brave people did on that fateful day. Join me in honoring their lives by pausing for a moment and giving thanks to those courageous heroes.

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