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    Do Different to Be Different

    Weare creatures of habit. We go about our days unaware of the stuckness of routine until it feels hard to break free. Yet it’s in the breaking that real change occurs. A certain level of sameness is good. Morning routines make us more productive. Moving every day is great for physical and mental health. Particular sleep schedules that are optimal for us individually should remain. But what routines do you keep that don’t serve you? In what ways are you going through the motions? If you “do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.”

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    The Joy of Beginning

    Each day, a new beginning. Each moment too. Sometimes life is too much. And when it is, what do you do? Do you obsess and worry over things you can’t control? Do you berate yourself for the bad choices you’ve made? Do you wake each morning with the angst of yesterday or the dread of tomorrow? The world’s weight on your shoulders is, in part, a choice. Do you choose to let it take you over, or do you choose something different? Can you allow yourself to go to sleep and let it go? Awaken brand new? It’s possible, you know. Life always moves through. While we are always the same, we’re so very different too. The only constant in life is change. New beginning emerge, full of possibility and wonder when you choose to take control.

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    The Psyche Doesn’t Care

    There is so much more going on here than we can see in day-to-day life. Real life or imagination, it’s all the same to the psyche. We can actively live something or we can symbolically do so. To the mind, it’s all the same. Crazy, right? And a bit freeing too. Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung, wrote extensively about such matters, as have countless others who’ve studied Jungian Psychology. Allow me to elaborate. A few working definitions … psyche the human soul, mind, or spirit. And in psychology, it’s defined as the totality of the human mind — conscious and unconscious persona/conscious ego personality the outward ‘face’ we show to the world shadow those parts of us that we don’t show, yet very much exist active imagination dialoguing with images and symbols in our dreams, typically in written format, in order to understand what our dreams are trying to tell us We have a lot to learn from kids. They practice life all the time, playing out certain situations, being who they aspire to become. And to them its all real. We adults, however, err on the side of practicality. If we can’t observe it with one of our five senses, it doesn’t exist. Active imagination,…

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    “Life Sucks and Then You Die”

    Where did that saying come from and why did so many of us buy into it?  And if we bought in, what does that mean for our lives? There are literally thousands of things to be aggravated with each day — traffic, electronic malfunctions, unkind people, general hassles, minor inconveniences — but how much does aggravation help? Does it help at all or does it make things worse? In my experience, the latter is true. “Thoughts become things” is a statement I latched onto years ago. I don’t absolutely know it’s true, but it certainly feels true. Every time I allow myself to get caught up in frustration, it seems frustration expands and grows worse, but when I allow myself to stay calm, I conquer the situation, or at least weather it better. Life is as we look at it. Things don’t happen to us, they happen for us. This is a hard concept to grasp when life sucks. Because sometimes it does. I choose to frame situations from the soul’s perspective instead of the ego’s view and it makes a big difference. The next time you think “this sucks” or “I hate my life” or “why me?” or the infamous “life sucks and then…

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    oh my darling don’t you see? none of this is real these thoughts those emotions all of the self loathing you shine; why are you dimming your brightness? you are the stars the moon heaven in physical form. . . . Photo by mari lezhava on Unsplash

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    The Power of a Morning Ritual

    Ever reach the end of the day and wonder where it went? Do you feel exhausted by lunchtime? Or feel like all you do is run around catering for others when you get home from work? Family, school, work and extracurricular activities fall top of the priority for most of us. But what about you? Shouldn’t YOU be at the top of YOUR list too? How are you meeting your self-care needs?  “I don’t have time,” or “I guess I never really thought about it,” are the top answers I hear the most with my students and clients. My immediate response? “If you aren’t taking care of yourself, how well you are really taking care of everyone else?” Constantly going, working from a never-ending to do list without any rest is taxing on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Our bodies are beautifully designed to achieve balance and the ANS is a fine example of it. On one side is the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) which elicits a ‘rest and digest’ response, and the opposite is the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), aka the “fight or flight” response that automatically kicks in during an emergency or a crisis. Unfortunately, in our Western culture, many of us constantly…

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    How To Be Grateful Each Day, in 10 Simple Steps

    I went to the doctor the other day for a routine visit. The woman checking me in had a bracelet that read ‘content’ with the words facing toward me. I told her I liked it and she said, “Yeah, anytime I complain I’m supposed to move it to the other wrist and turn the word toward me. It helps.” Indeed. I’ve kept a gratitude journal every day for years, I told her. “It’s changed my life.” And what I’ve found over all of these years is that we can complain about anything and everything, but the more negative we are, the more the negativity seeps into other areas of life. If, however, we can give thanks for all of the little things, they add up, and bigger blessings follow — or they don’t, in which case we give thanks for the unexpectedness of life. A 10 Step Gratitude Practice Wake up. Open your eyes. Take a slow deep breath. Feel it fully. Give thanks for this simple, yet profound God-given gift. Walk to your kitchen. Make your morning cup. Take a sip. Really taste it. Give thanks for the simple yet complex taste of your chosen morning drink. Take a look outside. Open the window if it’s warm…

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    How a Cardinal is Pointing the Way

    As she was preparing for D1 Prospect Camp she looked through a list of logos for all of the colleges that would be there. “What school is this?” she asked as she pointed to an image of a red bird. “I don’t know,” I say. Ball State University was one of the main school’s to pay attention to her at the camp. She worked extensively with the Associate Head Coach, Josh, and found out that day what school that bird belonged to. Their motto, “as cardinals, we fly.” . . . “I want a shirt that just says BALL, or SOFTBALL,” she said to me several months ago, months before she knew Ball State existed. Mostly she liked the idea that ball was the thing she was most interested in. It didn’t have to be attached to a place. Maybe it was already attached in her psyche. Like my Synchronicity Coach, Cynthia, says: “the psyche knows.” . . . “Are you ready for some news?” she asks as I answer the phone. “I have an official visit next week. They’re going to make an offer.” I scream in sheer delight. It’s the news we’ve been anticipating over the last several months. Prayers are being answered. Life…

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    Understanding Synchronicities

    I remember hearing the word SYNCHRONICITY many moons ago, thinking what a cool word. And while the sound of the syllables have a pleasing rhythm, the phenomenon of synchronous events is true magic. Swiss Psychotherapist, Carl Jung coined the term as he experienced meaningful coincidences where two or more signs seemed to occur randomly, yet were connected to meaning in life. Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. . . . So what’s the difference between a synchronicity and coincidence? Awareness and emotion. “The primary reality of synchronicities is emotional, not intellectual,” says Mark Holland, co-author of Synchronicity. “The reason they’re there is to make us feel something, and the feeling that our lives are rich and worth our reflection comes in part from our sense of the depth and mystery of life.” With synchronicity, we notice signs and look deeper into their meanings. We allow them to inform the path. Coincidence, on the other hand, is an event that’s funny or interesting but quickly discarded as chance or random. You’ve heard the term, “hindsight is 20/20.” Perhaps you can recount such an event and notice coincidences you didn’t pay attention to that might have led you down another…

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    Synchronicities are Everywhere, 11:11 Edition

    Ever since my mom passed, I’ve been seeing repeated numbers on the clock every day — 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55 … and certain numbers I’m seeing even more. It prompted me to do some research. For 11:11, I found the following article by Willow Soul, excerpted below. Read full article for more in-depth info. . . . Are you seeing 11:11 everywhere?  Do you know what this number means? Some believe that the actual meaning of 11:11 is a sign that angelic beings are close by.  They come with love and protection, and they want to bring you clarity and guidance. 11:11 is the number of masters. The ascended masters are sending you the message that you, yourself, are a divine aspect of the Universe, a master at being yourself. It’s no coincidence that every year, from November 11th and up until January 11th, we’re going through a period called the months of divine trinity. All in all, this is a divine time that brings tremendous opportunities for all of us, to wake up and embrace our true divine light. But, there is more than just one reason why you are seeing 11:11. Here is a list of what seeing 11:11 means. Pay attention to…

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