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Do you want to be right or happy?

“Every couple in their daily life together messes up communication, and every marriage has a dark side. It seems that what may matter the most is the ability to repair things when they do go wrong” – John Gottman. By…

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You are not alone

This can be a very difficult time of year for millions of people. I, for one, don’t listen to the radio or watch much TV. This is because I don’t like being advertised to if I can help it. I…

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The most important person you may have to learn to forgive is YOURSELF!

I believe this is one of the hardest keys to unlocking healing of the self. It sits right alongside a new understanding in psychology of the importance of self compassion. We seem to find it easier in our hearts to…

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Uncertainty

It seems to me that when it comes to the thoughts and feelings that we humans struggle with the most in our everyday lives that they are very often connected to indecision or uncertainty. It’s when we have a choice…

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“Your past cannot survive in your presence” – Eckhart Tolle

This quote by one of the fathers of the modern day mindfulness movement is very simple and yet incredibly powerful and holds many layers to it. To say that “the past cannot survive” alludes to the possibility that we can…

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Your Ego is not your Friend

I was out for my morning run yesterday and experienced something which brought this whole issue of the ego front and center for me and so I thought I would share it with you. I had already run about 7…

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“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it” – Mark Twain

It may not at first glance seem to be all that important to your mental and spiritual well-being but as Darren Hayes so aptly says in the famous Savage Garden song “I believe that forgiveness is the key to your…

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If you don’t have a few good people around you…go and find them!

One of the most critical protective factors which is very well known to help people who are struggling with life is the amount of social support and connection they have in their lives. Or to put it another way, the amount and quality of relationships that they have to others is very important to emotional resiliency in all of our lives.

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Lesson 8 – The Sun is Always Shining behind the Clouds 

Jerry walked into the MacDonald’s, went to the counter and ordered himself a big mac meal with a large bottle of Coke Zero. He waited while his food was being prepared and looked around at the other customers coming and…

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Lesson 7: Life is a Journey, not a Destination

You’ve heard it all before, life is about being in the moment. And you may be thinking: “Blah blah blah, and if one more person says ‘stop and the smell the roses’ to me I’m going to shoot them –…

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