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Again with the idea: what you don’t know can’t hurt you? This seems to be proving itself wrong time and again for those interested in personal growth. I remember my teacher explaining to us that three important things were preventing us from succeeding in our personal and spiritual growth: our karma, our ignorance, and our fear.
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Are you a self-proclaimed control freak?  Wouldn’t the world just run smoother if you could control the key players in your life? After all, you are smart and have good intentions.  If you made all the decisions and wrapped everyone you love in a protective bubble, you would not have to worry and could sleep soundly at night.  Sound good?  I thought you might agree.
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“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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Within seconds of hugging each other, they burst into tears.  They were a little awkward at first, smiling and not quite sure of how to proceed, but finally the two cousins, who had been practicing social distancing for some time, embraced each other, and the giggles quickly turned to a deeper emotional response.

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meditation

Emotional freedom? John Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living) and Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence) based their research partly on their own experience with meditation. Both set out, in scientific jargon, to disprove their hypothesis that meditation and related practices were valuable to our health and well-being. Their findings have helped prove to our western scientific materialist medical paradigm that there is another avenue to understanding what vibrant health means other than just chemicals and drugs. Read more

Got your attention didn’t I?  I bet you had no idea that probably everyday you are not showering alone.  How often do you find yourself doing daily tasks and routines and realizing your mind is thinking about something else,  other people, places or things that have happened?
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“I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery 50 years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his ‘dream’ of full civil and political rights….” These words of Pope Francis reminded me of a conversation with a friend after seeing the film Selma, a depiction of a major event in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and ideas that are timely now.
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There is something powerful that happens when you let sh*t go.  You feel lighter, stronger and happier.  It’s the ultimate reset.  What’s also great about forgiving is it sets you free to be on your path, the one you want to be one, not as a result or reaction to someone.  Even more so, when you forgive your body can heal from chronic pain and dis-eases, you can release extra weight as well as experience deeper levels of joy and intuition.
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David Wood presented an excellent series of articles touching on the subject of what has come to be called “moral injury.” He explains that many of our combat veterans suffer from this. It is the pain that results from damage to a person’s moral foundation. Moral injury, like PTSD which Wood notes is different, is probably experienced by more than just combat service personnel.  This condition has probably existed for as long as men and women have done harm to each other for some ideology, jealousy, anger or greed. Can meditation help one rise above this condition?
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It’s hard to believe that almost 4 months have come and gone since the “Shelter in Place” orders were given by WA state Governor Jay Inslee. In that time a lot of things have transpired. The one thing I am seeing time and time again from my clients who have been isolated is that they cannot relax. Sleep has been difficult and they feel often times alone, uncertain and overwhelmed.
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