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Mind/Body

Becoming In Tune: As in learning a musical instrument, becoming in tune with your inner being takes practice.

Healing and Feeling Our emotional states have a lot to do with our physical well-being, as I discovered when my mother was diagnosed with cancer.

To Your Health: Exploring the Mind/Body Connection

Making Sense Opening ourselves to a deepened sensory awareness gives us new life.

Spiritual Paths and Roller-Coaster Rides: The Healing Crisis When we put off needed change or postpone fulfilling our dreams, our bodies and minds may force the issue.

Turning Points Anger, frustration, and exhaustion, may be symptoms that you are resisting a change you want with all your heart. This article helps teach you how to allow change.

Being Stress-Free Different kinds of people have different kinds of stress. Find out what kind yours is and how to let go of it.

Love

Patience: Love's Valentine Impatience isn't a desirable ingredient in a recipe for love. Growing patience might be the best Valentine's Day gift you ever give anyone you love.

Love Letters If it's difficult to talk about a problem in a relationship write about it.

Love's Facades Worry isn't love. Control isn't love. Thinking they are is a major source of difficulty in relationships.

To Have and to Hold Evaluating our relationships often turns out to be a self-evaluation.

Where Love Begins We often confuse self-love with egotism. This article explains why it's important to know the difference.

When Opposites Attract You and your beloved live on opposite poles. Should you compromise and move closer to a center neither of you want or find common ground for appreciation?

A Sense of Self

Celebrate Yourself I write a lot about self-esteem because this issue derails more happy lives than any other.

A Sense of Self How fine is the line between self-esteem and egomania? Is pride unspiritual?

Identity Crisis Identities can define and enhance our sense of self. They can also limit and constrict us. Is the identity you're wearing a size too small?

Making A Difference: A Balanced Sense of Self We all want to make a difference, but do we have to make ourselves different in order to do this?

About Relationships

The Importance of Being Right If I were able to add up the amount of time and energy I've used to prove myself right, I'd be shocked.

Judgment Day Our judgment of others, and ultimately of ourselves, is one of the biggest obstacles to a sense of Oneness.

What Is Forgiving It has a lot more to do with forgetting than we may imagine.

People Who Need People How do you feel when you need help from someone? Do you ask for it easily? Do you feel embarrassed or ashamed about asking? Do you ask at all?

The Gift of Receiving It isn't better to give than receive. Learn why gracious receiving is an act of generosity.

Which Reality? Although we find it easy to identify much of what we have inherited genetically from our parents, it is more challenging to recognize what we've inherited or absorbed in the way of beliefs. We have learned them, not as beliefs, but as truths.

The Power of Our Words

Watching Our Words Every day we have countless thoughts and speak innumerable words, usually without paying much attention to them. Yet, our words, like stones, help to build foundations for our lives.

Watching Our Words -- Part Two What do the words "should," "want," and "try" have in common? This article describes more about the power of words in creating your life.

Affirmations

Affirmations Revisited. For many January 1 is a day to make resolutions which are rarely kept. Here are some suggestions for increasing your chances of success.

Promises to Keep Have you ever wondered why a resolution you made never got fulfilled or why something you longed for never happened?

A Year for You Are there areas in your life where movement seems to be stopped? Do you have dreams that aren't getting delivered? When you think about what you want to accomplish next year, are they the same things you wanted to achieve last year and the year before?

Empowerment

When Intuition Calls it's a good idea to answer. I describe a time when I didn't.

Messages from the Past: We may erase them from our answering machines, but we keep them in our minds, where they can make more trouble.

Complaints and Gratitude, Part I Complaining isn't necessarily a bad thing -- in small doses.

Complaints and Gratitude, Part II The dictionary will tell you that gratitude is thankfulness for something one doesn't deserve. Forget that. You deserve it.

Cultivating Courage: Force gets us nowhere, and inspiration can take us further than we'd dreamed.

A Gratitude Experiment In this guest article, EFT Master Carol Look, Ph.D. challenges readers to find reasons to be grateful for everything.

Hearing Voices Many people will be glad to tell us what to do, but the voice with the best advice comes from within.

Power Lines Those who worry about the abuse of power may underutilize their own. This article can help with a sense of balance.

Value Study We are urged to be "in the light," but we also need to understand the immense value of the dark.

Me and My Shadow As children, we often decide it's more important to have love and approval than to be who we are. As a result, our real selves tend to trail us like shadows. Reconciliation with that shadow can create new, powerful lives for both of you.

Understanding Emotions

Feeling Is Dealing To honestly acknowledge what you're feeling is the first step towards developing more positive emotions.

Why Negative Emotions Can Be Your Best Friends You wouldn't want to travel on a road with no directional signs. Negative emotions tell us where we're going.

Who's Responsible? We often confuse responsibility and guilt. The difference is important: responsibility can help move you forward, but guilt will leave you eternally mired in emotional quicksand.

No One's Perfect Perfectionism is more than an impossible goal. It kills originality and creativity. Make mistakes and start living.

I Just Can't When we say we can't, do we really mean we won't?

Resentment: The Smoldering Fire: I have moments when feeling resentful seems almost as automatic as breathing.In this article are some ways I've learned to handle it.

When Feeling Bad Feels Good It's the worst kind of emotional junk food, but feeling angry and annoyed can be irresistible. Learn how to say "No."

Not Guilty Guilt is one of the most debilitating emotions. Here are some thoughts about it and possible solutions for its' alleviation.

Worry, Worry, Worry Trying not worry is like trying not to think about pink elephants in polkadot pajamas skiing downhill, but you can use your worries to learn more about yourself.

Mind Games Sometimes worrying is so automatic we don't know we're doing it.

Fireworks Do you feel that anger is a step backward in your spiritual development? Read this article for some relief.

The Angry Ego Anger can be one of the biggest obstacles to our experience of ourselves as spiritual beings. Often when we resist anger as unspiritual this resistance creates a further obstacle.

Who Did It To Me? Recently, I discovered that when "bad" things happened to me, I reacted predictably. While my emotions might range from annoyance to downright martyrdom, my overall feeling was that life was against me. I was a victim.

Giving It A Name Categorizing our emotions and feelings can deprive us of the opportunity to learn from them.

Daily Living

Plumbing the Soul We usually know what not to do when the pipes in our home get blocked. These, however, may be exactly what we do when our energetic systems get clogged. Learn a new approach to your spiritual plumbing.

Living on the Edge People often knowingly or unknowingly find that danger and risk heighten their senses and their feeling of being alive. Learn other ways to enhance the zing factor.

Writing Down the Moon How to use the cycles of the moon as a way of self-discovery.

Walking In Cement What looks like being stuck in a particular situation may be a case of sticky vibrations.

The Vibrational Garden The principles that make a beautiful garden can also make a beautiful life.

Wishful Thinking One of the best things about being human is that we can make many choices in our lives. One of the worst things is that this means we have to make choices.

Driving with Grace How learning to drive a car taught me much about my life's journey.

The Inner Comforter Though the Inner Comforter acts like your best friend it could be your biggest obstacle to making the changes you want and need.

Dreams

Dreams: The Keys to Creation. Your dreams are filled with information. This article offers some practical suggestions about how to work with them.

Understanding Your Dreams Some practical suggestions.

Jaguar Dreams Dreams that feature animals, plants, trees, and other elements of the natural world may have special messages.

Realize Your Dreams

The Darkest Hour Sometimes it really is just before the dawn. It's a matter of attitude.

Flood Tide It started as a small drip of water, but it threatened to wash away our dreams.

The Trouble with Goals If you aren't achieving some of yours, this article may help.

Creating Miracles We usually think of surrender as losing. This article describes it as a way to win.

Wishful Thinking Too often, when we're thinking about what we want, we find ourselves focused on why we don't have it, a focus that can keep us from ever having it.

Making It Real: Giving Life and Power to Your Dreams How to focus on what you want instead of on what you don't have.

Just for Today Some principles to live by.

The Rites of Spring Many of us, if we objectively examine our lives, we might find that our days are bound by rituals as ceremonial as any found in organized religion.

Finding Our Way Home Some ideas for a life with purpose.

Breaking the Rules. All beliefs are limiting, but rules are especially so. Learn how to break them.

Building Blocks and Stepping Stones The signpost which directs us towards the path of avoidance reads, "You Can't." When we see this sign we detour.

Gain Without Pain

Let the Universe Handle It It can do a much better job than we can - if we're able to let go of the idea that hard work and great effort measure our worthiness.

State of Grace Like all strong emotions, ecstasy can feel dangerous, but if we allow it, it will lead us to a state of grace.

Ends and Means Everyone wants happiness at the end of the journey. Equally important is happiness on the way.

Living Lightly Being too serious can prevent us from manifesting our goals. Lightening up can make a difference.

Releasing the Brakes Invisible mental brakes can slow us down, but sudden release may gives us speed and power that we can't quite handle. Read this guide to gradual acceleration. (October 2004)

Getting Out of Your Own Way How I learned that self-punishment and hard work didn't lead me on the path to realizing my desires.

Let It Be Overachievers may not realize their dreams as often or as fully as those of us who relax and allow good things to come to us.

The Power of Play When we believe something has to be difficult, it usually is. Developing a spirit of play can turn boulders into pebbles.

Good Timing Action may overcome procrastination, but action that doesn't harmonize with how you feel solves nothing may cause more trouble than it solves. Consider this mantra: "Life was meant to be easy."

Interruptions: From Without, From Within I've heard many people say that they don't have time to do the things they want to do. Either life consistently takes them away, or others interrupt during the precious time they've carved out for themselves, as in the following example:

Designing Your Life

The Feng Shui of Emotions When I first read Feng Shui Made Easy by William Spear (highly recommended), I noticed his emphasis on cleaning, tidying up, and throwing away.

Who's Saying That? Do we think our thoughts, or do they think us? Negativity is often an automatic background hum that influences our emotions without our knowing it.

LifeScapes When we create our lives our equipment is the passion of our desires and our focused intentions and thoughts.

Show Time "Show, don't tell" is an important principle in writing. It applies to goals, as well, especially when you want to give life to your dreams.

On Imagination and Lying Is it not true or is it not true yet? Imagination is the bridge that takes us from where we are to where we want to be.

Color Your Life Sometimes we act as if our choices are unchangeable. If we give ourselves permission, we can change our minds--and ourlives.

We Are All Creative

Sticks and Stones An updated look at the Inner Critic, that voice that erodes our confidence and creativity.

Imagine Imagination is a creative gift, and like all gifts, it needs to be directed, especially when we don't use it to imagine the worst.

Beginner's Mind The less we know, the more we can learn, the more we experience each moment as new.

The Creative Journey: Stop Signs Do you have great ideas which never materialize? This article can help.

We Are All Artists You are creative. The principles of creating the lives and experiences which most fulfill and satisfy you are no different than those which apply to any work of art.

Get Up and Release Writing three pages in the morning can greatly improve the rest of the day.

Animal Tales

Learning from Animal Mothers Animal mothers are fiercely protective of their young, but they don't worry about what isn't there. We can all learn from them.

Hearing the Hummingbird he hummingbird's song is like our inner voices, that guidance that is so often lost in the swirl of noise that comes from the outside world. So often, we turn to those outer sounds to tell us what we should be doing, wanting, thinking.

What The Deer Taught Me The appearance of this graceful creature raised some questions - and taught me how to ask better ones.

Up Against the Fence We learned from a herd of cattle that beliefs form walls, which though invisible, are as much barriers as those made of stone.

Power Animals: Companions for the Journey. Parts I, II, and III.

Honoring Rudolph He had a very shiny nose, and its light could lead us to unsuspected discoveries.

Two Seasonal Tales Thoughts on the Ant and the Grasshopper and the relative importance of being and doing.

Butterflies: Wings of Change We humans can learn much from the butterfly's process of transformation.

Squirrel Medicine What I learned about sharing and love when I fed some New York City squirrels.

The Rabbit and the Deer Rabbit teaches us that what we fear will come to us, and Deer teaches the power of love. By calling on the power of both these animals I was able to transform fear into love.

Unclassified

If You Believe in Magic The Irish bog was enchanting, and it held more magic than I knew.

Winter Dreams How to appreciate the season of going within.

Giving Thanks Though the timing of this article was prompted by the U.S. holiday its intention is to remind us that thanks giving is best practiced year round.

Angels want to help us; we need only be more open to receiving their help. The article, "The Relationships Between Angels, Elementals, and Us" by Iasos, a leading New Age musician, gives some advice.

Quotations for All Occasions

Inspiration for Challenging Times: From Without, From Within "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" --St. Francis of Assisi

More Inspiration Quotes I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it. --Jonathan Winters

Quotations About Faith To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. --St. Thomas Aquinas

No One's Perfect I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. --Mikhail Baryshnikov

Quotes About Self Confidence Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. -- E. E. Cummings

Quotations about Patience Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Be still and allow the mud to settle. --Michelangelo

Quotations about Angels "All God's angels come to us disguised." --James Russell Lowell

Thoughts for Inspiration, Courage, And Love A collection of quotations for empowerment and peace, by Martin Luther King, Jr. Deepak Chopra, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gandhi, and people less famous but equally articulate.

Love Is All You Need Quotations on the subject of love.

Inner Visions: Quotes about Creativity "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." -Thomas Edison. Read more quotes.

More Creativity Quotations Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up --Pablo Picasso

Feeling is Healing: Quotations About Feelings.

What Is Success? A collection of quotations to empower your New Year's resolutions/affirmations.

"Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain." --Kahlil Gibran

What Is Happiness? "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."--Buddha

Inspiration for the New Year and Beyond Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale --Hans Christian Andersen

Inspiration for Challenging Times Another collection of inspirational quotes, like this one: Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around --Henry David Thoreau

Quotes About Gratitude The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it --Richard Bach

Seeing the Rainbow What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
--Mary Pickford

The Splendid Torch: Irish Quotations and Blessings "Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. --George Bernard Shaw



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