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The Twelve Mindsets of Living Alive: Part IX – Gratitude in the Midst of Challenge

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for everything
that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. 
And because all of these things have contributed to your advancement,
you should include all things in your gratitude.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

This last week has been a bit tough for me.  I have received, it seems at every turn, news of a death, a disease or mental illness diagnosis, a divorce or an estranged relationship.  This journey we call life is not an easy one.

In our culture we seem to place such a great emphasis on the importance of being happy that when we hit these challenges, many of us can become completely derailed.  Do we somehow believe we can out run the hard times?  Have we forgotten that there is always dark and light?

We ask, “how can this have happened?”  We have cultivated what seems to be an all or nothing attitude.  “This horrible thing happened and now my life is ruined.”  (more…)

The Twelve Mindsets of Living Alive: Part VIII- The Courage to Live Authentically

It is naive to think that self-assertiveness is easy.
To live self-assertively – which means to live authentically –  
is an act of high courage.
That is why so many people spend the better part of their lives
in hiding – from others and also from themselves.
– Nathaniel Branden

 

It takes courage to find our voice, to declare our purpose and to move forward toward our desires.  And it also takes the discovery of our authentic self.  There is deep and authentic You that exists underneath the layers of “need”, the layers of “should-ing”, the constant “wanting” and not doing, and the voices of others chattering away in our mind.  When we are living in this state, burdened by these layers and the constant ring of others in our head we become hidden. We can become frozen and lose our ability to move forward, to take the first small steps toward achieving our dreams and aspirations.  And we can become exhausted. (more…)

The Twelve Mindsets of Living Alive: Part VI – Tap Into Your Intuition: The Internal Dialogue of Your Authentic Self

At times you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into
the wilderness of your intuition.
What you’ll discover will be wonderful.
What you’ll discover is yourself.
-Alan Alda

In the summer of 2017 I came across a notice about a therapeutic workshop taking place in Calgary, Canada and being hosted by a teacher I met several years before at workshop I had enjoyed.  I had not really thought about her since that workshop – although I had learned a lot and implemented a lot of her strategies. (more…)