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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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“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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“Life is hard” – M. Scott Peck

In these, the very opening lines of one of the most classic books ever written on psychology, life and spiritual growth called The Road Less Travelled, M. Scott Peck rephrases Buddha and goes on to explain that by its very…

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Begin it.

“Are you earnest? Then seize this very minute – Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated – Begin it, and then the work will be completed!” – Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe There…

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What you can be…you must be!

I adapted this quote from Dr. Abraham Maslow who famously wrote: What a man can be, he must be. Dr. Maslow created Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with food and shelter at the bottom of the human needs pyramid and at…

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Where I am doesn’t have to change in order for my emotional journey to begin…

Many of my clients find themselves “stuck” in a place that they don’t want to be in life. That “place” could be a mental or emotional place (like anxiety or depression) or an actual place – like a job they…

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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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Certainty vs Trust

It would seem to me that we human beings have some dichotomies (opposites) that we really struggle with. Some examples are pain vs pleasure, love vs hate, joy vs sadness. However, there is one that is less obvious and which…

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