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How 5 minutes of this practice can Change Your Life

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Every New Year I wake up with so much gratitude and awe, and think of that fateful night in 1985, when I finally hit bottom, took my last drink, my last drug, and surrendered to my Higher Power. After all you can’t pray for deliverance and not let go. At some point the bottom rises to meet you. Then there is one moment of choice. We choose our future in these kind of moments, where we stand at the turning point and leap into the unknown or go back to the painful familiar.


Today marks 32 years of continuous sobriety from drugs and alcohol and its true that a lifetime has passed one day at a time. Who I was then, is not who I am today.


What I learned by being sober was first to live one day at a time. Every 24 hours if I lived with humility and gratitude I would be choosing a new future. It was in following a spiritual program that I learned that these principles can be applied to any struggle, anything at all that harms or victimizes. Addiction is a symptom of a spiritual and mental malaise at its core. Gratitude is the abracadabra that swings the door to a new world wide open.

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Your Body Is a Freaking Miracle: Loving How It Works (Instead of JUST How It Looks)

Your Body Is a Freaking Miracle

You might’ve heard it said that your body is the most amazing thing you will ever own. Your body is a miracle, a wonderland, a brilliant machine. I’m sure you’ve heard all the catchphrases.

But let me ask you this: do you believe it? Have you ever taken to heart all of the ways that your body shows up for you without your having to lift a finger?

Think of all the things that your body can do. Your heart keeps beating right on cue. Your lungs keep breathing without needing reminders. Your cells keep regenerating themselves without your help. This means that you have an entirely new set of taste buds every ten days, new fingernails every 6-10 months, new bones every ten years, and even a new heart every 20 years.

It’s performing incredible feats of endurance and protection at every moment of every day. And it never takes a single moment off … that in itself is nothing short of astounding.

But so frequently, all we focus on is that our body is beginning to creak. It’s getting fat. It’s not fast enough, strong enough, or pretty enough to make us happy. We focus on scars and call them ugly. We see a number on the scale, and if we don’t like it, we blame our bodies.

Hardly seems fair, does it?

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New beginnings and new resolutions - Stress Free!

New beginnings and new resolutions - Stress Free!
As the year is coming to a close,we feel once more the need for new beginnings and new resolutions. Each year we are excited when the new year is about to begin and we resolve to do a zillion new things,and yet slowly we allow stress to seep into our system and create a niche within us. It is actually our foremost duty to rid ourselves of this perturbing factor and lead ourselves to a healthy, happy and harmonious life.


Stress is a highly subjective experience.  It of course occurs in individuals when the perceived demands of their situation overwhelms their capacity to handle it. Since we are each one of us unique in our own way,we respond according to our own unique disposition. 


 I feel it is imperative for me to give my readers a general direction to feel a level of happiness and balance so that they can facilitate their own journey towards joy in a happy manner.
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Your Delicious Drama Free Zone for December

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So has this mercury retrograde brought some unwanted drama to your life? Do you want to know how to create a delicious drama free zone for December?

Mercury retrograde in the chatty unfiltered sign of Sagittarius is one where you’ll notice a lot of people (maybe even you?) opening their mouths, and typing ALL their feelings and opinions without any thought or censorship at all, any time anywhere. Can you hear the cacophony of thoughtless angry noise in the energy of the world? What about inside your head?

Entitlement, resentments, and a sense of not enough are thought viruses that can infect a crowd faster than you can sneeze. The question now is what do you believe in your heart and soul, and can you bring compassion and understanding to that which you most fear or loathe? Can you take on the friendly curious nature of Sagittarius and see this all as an adventure traveling through Uncharted seas, co-creating with Spirit and discovering treasure as you go?

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The Sweetness of Giving

The Sweetness of Giving

More than 25 years ago, my stepfather, Doc, saw me give a homeless man $20 and he asked me why I did it.  The question took me by surprise, partly because I had never thought about the “why.”

After a few moments, I told him “because it makes me feel good.”

My dream job is to be a philanthropist, which I plan to make into a full-time job when I win the lottery (I already have a plan on how to give away millions).

In the meantime, I consider myself a mini-philanthropist with big dreams.

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The Carol of Unconditional Love

The Carol of Unconditional Love

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.” ~The Conductor, Polar Express

 

So, what's on your holiday list this year? A healthy dose of rage for the husband who doesn't even pretend to be civil around your extended family?

Insurmountable sadness for the child who has chosen such an alternative path of independence that he or she refuses to come home to celebrate anymore? Incalculable jealousy for the whip-smart size 6 sister who just received the ultimate career promotion all while being married to the doting husband and whose children both received full-ride scholarships to college? Perhaps it's a super-sized portion of guilt and self-pity as you polish off the last of the homemade Christmas cookies and gooey toffee by candlelight once the kids are tucked in snug as little bugs awaiting the arrival of jolly old St. Nicholas.

 

As you mix a strong vodka martini to attempt to drown your emotional landscape, allow me to share with you the one precious and unexpected gift I received this year that delivered such a profound ‘ah ha!’ moment that my own personal and protected list of transgressions have shriveled to almost nothing.

 

Not long ago, as the monster category 5 storm named Hurricane Irma was beating a path to our front door, I experienced what I can only describe as a miracle of consciousness.

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These Are the Things I’m Grateful For

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On this Sunday after Thanksgiving, I find myself reflecting. I am reflecting on the larger world we share. I am reflecting on our country and all that is going on here at home. And, I am reflecting on my own, smaller, world, right here within myself.


Through reflection, I find that I am able to be both optimistic and deeply troubled by the state of our world. I am troubled by the violence that exists in our society, by the state of men and women’s relationships right now, and by the hopelessness that so many feel about our politics and our national discourse. But, I am also optimistic that we are in the midst of a national awakening. I believe that we are in an awakening about our politics, about power, about the realities of sexual harassment, about economic inequality, and about the importance of having a free press that can do its job.

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Tis’ the Season to Give Thanks

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In my past when I’ve thought about THANKSGIVING; I’ve always thought about history, family, good food and being thankful for what was immediate in my life. Good friends and family, etc.

 

Now that I am older and wiser -  I think about what it means to be grateful. I think about where I am in my life. At this time.

 

When I think about how gratitude feels for me now…

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Making “impossible” POSSIBLE

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Manifesting our heart’s desire doesn’t always happen instantly, magically, or effortlessly.


It rarely happens that way.


It can often be a long, circuitous route.


In fact, it’s normal, to sometimes get to the point where you say to yourself:


“It’s just too hard.”


“It isn’t meant to be.”


Blah. Blah. Blah.


And, then, it’s up to YOU to re-ignite your passion and persistence, to take daily steps to make your dreams come true.

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These Great Gifts We Take for Granted

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“We use them each and every day without giving them so much as a second thought,” says thought-leader, author and philosopher Ken Wilber.


He’s referring to some Gifts that come with our lives in the Western, or developed world, although some range beyond that and apply even in primitive societies.


He focuses on four we never think about, calling them “Mental Software” that is installed, without our necessarily understanding that it’s happening, as Givens in our society. So he’s not talking about Awareness; the ability to Think; my favourite – the ability to compare (similars) and contrast (dissimilars); or the necessities most of us do take for granted: food, potable water, shelter. We’ve had a stark illustration of having that rug pulled out from under us in the situation in Puerto Rico, where a large portion of the population has been living without those. Could you go a week without these survival supports that are normally provided for us in modern society? I wouldn’t know where to start.

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My Birthday Reflection

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As I approach my birthday and a new year of life, I’ve been thinking about how blessed I am.


I’m blessed to live in this country. Blessed to have my family and my friends. Blessed to be in conversation with a loving non-judgmental god. Blessed to have work that interests me. Blessed to be in community with people who are good, kind, compassionate and inspiring. I include you, the readers of The Sunday Paper, as part of that community.

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Gratitude - A Friendly Reminder

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The other day I had a conversation… Well, I listened to her as she talked via this awesome app called Marco Polo. It probably has been around forever and I am just now getting into the shoestrings of it.

 

What can I say? I am not a techy.

 

Anyways, the app is a way to keep in touch with people in a more personal way than texting or even sending a pic of yourself on your latest adventure. You record your message and the recipient can listen to it whenever they get a chance and actually see your darling face! It is like having a real conversation with a real person.

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Healing Power of Gratitude

Healing Power of Gratitude

Ready to feel better and heal faster?  Many scientific studies, including research by renowned psychologists Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough, have found that people who consciously focus on gratitude experience greater emotional well-being and physical health than those who don’t.

 

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When plans go Awry? (Ditch the plans!)

WHEN PLANS GO AWRY? (DITCH THE PLANS!)

This week has been so rich with ups and downs I must have meditated at least 3 times daily just to keep myself sane. My oracle cards were also on point so nothing really came as a surprise when Chaos and Conflict, Not For You, was followed by more of the same. I think I chose the card with the saying “ not my circus, not my monkeys” four times over 5 days.

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My 9 Step Process to Heal the Heart

My 9 Step Process to Heal the Heart

In healing my own heart, I’ve found that there’s an evolutionary process that occurs as I move from awareness to appreciation. I’ve broken this process down into nine steps so that you can recognize where you are currently and then see where you can move to. I will be using my own life experiences as examples of how you can use these steps to open up, ask for help from the Archangels, and allow healing into your heart. By witnessing my journey from beginning to end, it is my hope that you can take what fits for you, relate it to your own present or past circumstances, and reach a place where true healing is realized. This is my process of self-love and forgiveness.

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