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The Succor of Silence

The Succor of Silence

The Succor of Silence4 (80%) 1 vote We live in a media age of constant audio-visual bombardment. The average person in the Western world has an attention span less than a goldfish. Good luck in getting someone to pay attention. Chances are they may be bankrupt in that area of their lives. Is it any wonder that we view the embrace of silence so strangely? I remember growing up and going to camp where we were to be silent for a whole…

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Carolien de Wit: My First Instagram Interview

Carolien de Wit: My First Instagram Interview

Carolien de Wit: My First Instagram InterviewStars, please! The other day I had my first Instagram interview with Carolien de Wit, a woman from the Netherlands. I was enchanted with her and while reading the interview perhaps you will understand why. Be certain to check out her Instagram account. It is amazing.  I remember when I first looked at her Instagram account, I thought, “Wow. Here is someone who gets it from a holistic perspective.” JJ: You had mentioned that…

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Body Intelligence: A Look at How to Use Energy

Body Intelligence: A Look at How to Use Energy

Body Intelligence: A Look at How to Use Energy4 (80%) 1 vote One of the tenets that I have maintained during my process of studying fear/anxiety and how to deal with it was that what was brought to the table in terms of the person and the environment was every bit as important, if not more important, than the fear itself. It was under this premise that I found myself reading Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best…

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Abandonment: An Interview with Karen Unrue

Abandonment: An Interview with Karen Unrue

Abandonment: An Interview with Karen Unrue4 (80%) 1 vote Karen Unrue has a blog: thetiltedroom.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @karenunrue.  She is currently working on a book about how to maintain hope in life when you are living with mental health issues. She gives workshops on this and other mental health related topics as well as working with clients one to one. Her passion is to de-stigmatize mental illness and to help those experiencing it to learn to manage their symptoms and…

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Musings on The Here-and-Now Habit

Musings on The Here-and-Now Habit

Musings on The Here-and-Now HabitStars, please! As I was going through The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Your Unhelpful Habits Once and for All, I could not help but feel this was a very useful instruction manual on how to apply mindfulness to improve daily living. Hugh Byrne’s manual covers most of the common challenges that many of us face. These include problems with escapism via the internet or electronics (guilty), dealing with strong emotions, or simply being aware…

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Mindfulness Leading Into Consciousness

Mindfulness Leading Into Consciousness

Mindfulness Leading Into ConsciousnessStars, please! While pursuing ways to better handle fear, I cam across the notion of mindfulness. People define mindfulness in a variety of ways. My understanding of it is to simply be aware of things as they are. Unfortunately, this can lead down several rabbit holes. Such often seems to be the nature of consciousness. How are things really? What is reality? Who am I for that matter? One of the most common practices in association with mindfulness is…

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Fear or Premonition: An Interview with Melanie Plum

Fear or Premonition: An Interview with Melanie Plum

Fear or Premonition: An Interview with Melanie PlumStars, please! I did something  a little different for this interview.  I decided to break it up in two parts. The first part was interviewing Melanie Moffett Plum before she heads off to New York City with her two daughters for a long planned trip. She is nervous in light of the explosions and had expressed concern on whether she was having a premonition or if she was suffering from irrational fear. I…

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Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for BeginnersStars, please! I picked up Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield and felt a little reluctance. It is funny how I have this natural inclination to cringe when I reads a book for dummies or beginners. I force myself to take a lesson in humility and simply read.  And yet philosophically would it not be ideal if we approached all that we do with the freshness as if it were the beginning? Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo,…

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Eyes Opening to Fear: An Interview with Tom Ferris

Eyes Opening to Fear: An Interview with Tom Ferris

Eyes Opening to Fear: An Interview with Tom FerrisStars, please!   Tom Ferris and I have known each other for a little over seven years. We have been in networking groups together and have perused each other’s writings in fiction for around two years. Tom was surprised by my confession that I had begun writing a blog about fear  a couple of months ago. He appears to have at least warmed up enough to the idea that he not only has shared…

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Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent

Lake CrescentStars, please! While I was out on the Olympic Peninsula, I snuck out to one of the most serene spots I have seen in my life. Lake Crescent is some thirty minutes outside of Port Angeles, WA. It boasts a fairly pristine view of nature with relatively little development on the lake. The water is clear and deep. I first journeyed to Lake Crescent some eight years ago at the recommendation of one of my clients. My client possesses…

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Weight Loss: 199.8

Weight Loss: 199.8

Weight Loss: 199.8Stars, please! One of the great principles in life seems to be that no matter how hard one prepares, inevitably a situation will come on the horizon where one’s mettle is tested. This can be regarding emotions, mentally or physically to name a few. The great question at this point is does one decide to cave or push through. I just successfully completed a goal for myself that I made as it related to weight loss. From the beginning…

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