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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ― Joseph Campbell

Upping Life Satisfaction Now

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Be choosy, it’s your life! As the new year begins you’ll probably be making a change or two intentionally. Here’s an easy technique or approach you can do to feel more satisfied and be effective in making changes to up level your life.

Keeping in mind that there are only 168 total hours in a week, 7 days, how you chose to spend your discretionary time is a big deal. So much of the time is spent sleeping, working, taking care of yourself and others, your home and responsibilities life entails, there isn’t much left over for you to fill from your heart’s desire, if any some days, some months, some years.
How much better could your life feel overall if the have-tos didn’t feel like burdens and therefore left you with more me time, free-time and needed energy to do something other than sit on the couch to recoup?

On a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being only a burden/no satisfaction from it and 10 being totally at choice/completely satisfied from it, rate how satisfied you are in each of these major life areas:

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How to Overcome Obstacles

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Video: “How to Overcome Obstacles” A recent visit to the central coast of California inspired me to make this video. I hope it leaves you feeling a little calmer and gives you a technique to try the next time you see obstacles in your way.

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Why Sing your Own Song

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Why Sing your Own Song

Are you plugged into singing your own song or someone elses? Are you in tune with your true nature or tweeting on the internet instead? John Mackey said “Life is short so don’t cheat yourself.” Retweet this until it sinks in.

Sometimes we don’t feel plugged in at all. Instead, we feel lost, we can’t seem to cut a break, and don’t feel like we fit in anywhere. As a result, we can get depressed. We can get mad and blame ourself, then our depression turns despondent and hopelessness sets in. Others turn to a substance like alcohol, food, TV or shopping to numb the disconnected feelings, the flat unceasing tone of our life.

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How to Build Confidence

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How to Build Confidence

Why is that we can have confidence in some areas of our life and not others? Confidence is learned, and learning follows from practice. You have to do something to give your brain the chance to learn it, encode it, and get better at supporting you in doing it in similar situations down the road. This is why something that was at first a little (or a lot) uncomfortable is eventually no big deal.

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Are You Done with Antidepressant Medication?

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Have you been considering going off your anti-depressant medication? I help my clients with this once they are ready to go it alone and have the cooperation of their prescribing practitioner. It is done slowly by taking less and less medication over weeks or months so that any symptoms that could arise can be well tolerated and overcome. It may be time to slowly but surely stop depending on anti-depressant medication if it’s at all possible for you. Read on: “Antidepressant-Induced Liver Injury Underestimated All antidepressant drugs may potentially cause liver injury, even at...

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Lose Weight the Mindful Way Class 2014

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In this 2-part workshop we will discuss and practice my version of mindful eating with the purpose of losing weight while being happier and less stressed out as you do. This is not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Mind-body Health, stress reduction and eating enjoyment are what also bring about the weight loss you desire. Get ready now for the holiday dresses and parties by knowing your body and your plan beforehand to keep your weight from getting out of control.

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Dimensions of Gratitude

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By consciously acknowledging my gratitude that I am here and who and what I “have” is enough, I step into a state of gratefulness and presence that feels like a cosmic embrace of Knowing All That Is, I Am too. The fulness and richness of being alive as I am here and now flows through me and fills my Being. I savor this sensory experience for as long as I can.

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Tricking Stress into Helping You

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Your body follows your thoughts about stress and will change itself accordingly. Yes, you heard it right. Dr.Kelly McGonical points out that this works both ways. If you think the stress you feel will harm you, it does. If you think your stress response helps you be more prepared and capable to handle the stress, it will. Listen to this Ted Talk.

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Losing Weight and Fear of Food

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Losing Weight and Fear of Food

Do you mix fear with food these days? Fear of eating at the wrong time, fear of over eating, fear of eating the wrong things, fear of being seen eating, fear of running out of food, fear of what’s in the food, fear of the calories or fat or sugar or carbs? Need I go on? Fear and eating should not be in the same sentence but they are for hundreds of thousands of people. We all have to eat to survive and thrive, so this is a serious matter.

The way out of fear of eating is through paying attention to your thoughts, your body and your surroundings.

Being mindful is another way of saying paying attention. When you are paying attention while grocery shopping, preparing, eating or ordering out, you are consciously engaged with what is occurring in real-time right then. Being present is what this means.

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Happy Pills

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Of course Happy Pills don’t exist! Simply pointing out this disappointing fact might be enough to urge some pessimists to just pull out the ‘hopeless’ card. Don’t go there! Because there are things that we can do to pursue and optimize our happiness! So grab this list, do your research, and write your own prescription!

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