It’s That Time Again…Tips to Embrace Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde is about to begin and many people are beginning to “feel” the energy shifts … possibly without even knowing it … as it moves in. Now, I’m not an expert in Mercury Retrograde … nor am I an astrologer. I’m a psychic medium and someone who is sensitive to energy … just like you. I notice when the energy shifts … especially the strong shifts. As I tune into the energy (and look at the calendar) I usually discover that Mercury is retrograde … and I take a breath, look up how long it wilbreatl be in retrograde … and then plan to move forward at a slower pace … knowing that it always has something to teach me. Not that I always love this … but, I can either hit my head against the wall, pushing and forcing OR go with the flow of Mercury in retrograde … and embrace it’s teachings. Which do you choose?

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Usually, three or sometimes four times a year, the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in the sky for a period of approximately 3 weeks. Technically, planets don’t actually move backwards … they don’t even slow down, but as Mercury passes the earth in its orbit … it appears to slow down, stop (station) and spin backward (retrograde). Of course, it really isn’t moving backward … it’s an optical illusion, since there is forward movement, like speeding by a slow-moving train — as it recedes, it appears to go backward. In astrology, Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology—so all of these areas can feel out of control during these three weeks.

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The Reasons We Procrastinate and How To Beat It

Procrastination is an age old habit with most of us. We love to tell ourselves that we will put it off until the very last minute, but when this is really not possible anymore we begin to get into panic mode and rush to complete our task before the deadline situation.

Many a time we tell ourselves ''I'll just do it later as there is plenty of time.'' Before we know it time has flown past and we are pretty much faced with the reality of our incomplete task looming large in our face.

WHY DO WE PROCRASTINATE

Procrastination is actually a way our mind finds of coping with emotions we cannot deal with. They could almost be symptoms that accompany depression. It brings temporary relief because it is an easy habit to fall into as a panic mode. Our coping mechanism makes us avoid reality. But as we learn to avoid performing on time, and languish around, panic and depression begin to loom larger. Research says, that mostly students tend to procrastinate, as they have many deadlines to cope with.

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12 steps to lead you up the path to successful joyful living

In our fast growing world stress is playing rampant. So much is happening i guess. People i feel are thematically geared towards success. Yet what we define as success is so personal in our own real world.


Everyone in the world is looking for success from his own personal perspective. Normally success is gauged from a material perspective. Money is an important gauge for the average man. Monetary success seems imperative. Someone with a fancy car, a beautiful home, and a super fantastic lifestyle would be termed as a successful person. Professional accomplishments seem to be a regular gauge too.


All these are very important ingredients of life but of utmost importance is our own personal scale, the real judging factor is our own '' feeling successful factor''

Being fulfilled, happy, safe, healthy and loved is vital. The less tangible emotional self at play is what truly counts and determines our success.

In today’s world of ''Conscious Living'' and ''Higher Awareness'' the true gauge of success is being in a state of inner balance and a semblance of being firmly grounded in the ''here and now'' of the material world.

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Surrender = Doing Your Part & Get Out Of The Universes’ Way

Sometimes no matter how much you want something, you must let go and surrender it to a Higher Power. In fact releasing attachment is key to the co-creation process.

 

You may be thinking, “But Colette, what if I really really want it with all my heart?” Maybe you’re in a relationship that you really want to work, but things just haven’t come together. Or perhaps you’ve been pursuing a career path that you’re determined is best for you, yet it’s not moving forward. It may even be that your efforts to change or avoid a difficult situation aren’t working.

 

Most of us have had the experience of wanting something so badly, we’d do almost anything to have it or make it happen. Determination is after all one of the most important keys to success in any area of your life. Yet, what happens when you keep trying to make something happen but it’s just not falling into place? Could it be you’re holding on to it too tightly?

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Stress Busters for Family Summer Holiday Season

We are in the midst of the summer holiday season now. We normally think that this season would mean saying goodbye to stress, but is it really so? We mostly equate holidays with fun activities, partying and generally doing nothing in particular which is stressful. But frankly holiday stress in itself is a whole package deal.

WHAT IS HOLIDAY (VACATION) STRESS?

There have been surveys which have given us statistics to say that holiday stress is carried by around 80 percent people.  People find it as stressful as asking for a raise.

 

POSITIVE STRESS

Of course this stress is categorized as positive stress yet nevertheless it can be a very stressful condition due to the following factors .

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A Joy to Behold

...life is meant to be a happy ride, if yours is fraught with anxiety, here are some ways to change lanes



Writing on stress relieving techniques has become a habit with me. Helping people to change their focus from what’s stressing them to what’s actually benefitting them by changing their thought pattern and coessentially their mood has a huge impact on their level of well being.

 

When your mood is good you naturally tend to see better opportunities and take advantage of them in creating a stress-free life for yourself.

 

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Tips on Stress Relief for Highly Sensitive People

Some of us are overly sensitive. Mostly people will talk about themselves by saying, ‘I’m a very sensitive person’. But it is always in context to their own feelings.  They like to ignore the fact that they could be inflicting pain on every other person around, yet they carry this ‘injured’ air around them.

 

Special traits

Highly sensitive people emote on a very different level.  They have some special traits which are very different from the average person. It could also be considered as a positive thing but it has its drawbacks.

 

Highly sensitive

This is actually a trait which brings both strengths and challenges. Sometimes one is just easily offended by people who mean no harm or they could even be trying to be nice to you. Sometimes the reaction to everyday stressors is also extreme. You may be more affected by negative stressors than most people are.

 

Wild imagination

You like to believe that you are being bullied by people who mean no harm and then tend to become over emotionally aggressive. You are more deeply affected by others.  Try to manage your reactions, make it your strength rather than a challenge. 

 

Too intense

There are many things which can get overwhelming and need to be avoided such as:

 

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23 Signs You May Have Too Much Stress In Your Life

Stress is taken for granted these days as “part of life.” And while there is such a thing as “healthy” stress that helps us grow, most of our stress is chronic, damaging, and unhealthy.


Below are 23 signs that indicate unhealthy levels of stress in your life.


Which ones apply to you right now?


Mental Symptoms

#1 – Difficulty concentrating
#2 – Trouble making decisions
#3 – Negative outlook on life
#4 – Anxious or racing thoughts
#5 – Constant worrying

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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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Turning The Tables on Turkey Day Trauma & Trepidation

Happy almost-Thanksgiving! If you are like me, I'm sure that you cannot believe the holidays are already upon us. What happened to Fall? Although the song says "Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays," despite what we see in Hallmark Channel's Five Night Thanksgiving Movie Event, the fact is that most of us experience a sense of dread as we envision our upcoming holiday gatherings. Feelings of resistance, anxiety, and resignation start to bubble up as we anticipate the drama and dis-ease that will undoubtedly accompany the candied yams and pumpkin pie. As we contemplate the upcoming holiday, our minds naturally drift back to Thanksgivings past and we automatically become stressed out thinking about our family dynamic and the scenarios that consistently cause trauma and trepidation before we get to and/or around the Thanksgiving table. Any hope of warm and fuzzy feelings turn cold and cautious as we contemplate situations like:

  • How do I once again try to explain to my family why I have to bring my own food since I eat vegan or gluten-free?

  • What can I do to appease my parents and in-laws, who are all divorced but expect us to show up and make their Thanksgiving meal the most significant one?

  • How should I handle it this year when, at the last minute, my sister-in-law once again decides to invite four more people to dinner?

  • What do I do when Uncle Bob brings up politics and the holiday goes from being about pilgrims, Native Americans, and gratitude to Democrats vs. Republicans and hate and hurling insults?

  • How do I not get pissed off at my family when they stay glued to the couch and watching TV as I do all of the work in the kitchen?
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New, Fast, Fun Ways to MORE Pleasure, Less Stress

I don’t know about you, but lately, it seems that everyone I know is totally stressed out, not just from their own lives, but from the “frequency in the field” – hurricane disasters, political nightmares, money worries, illness, etc.


Even if you are safe, dry, and your life is peachy right now, chances are you are picking up on the energies of those around you.


It’s almost unavoidable.


This is why I’m such a big advocate for all of us to become daily “pleasure puppies” and find ways each day to consciously choose to reduce our stress levels and add more pleasure.

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The 5 Causes of Suffering and How To Stop

Suffering is caused by the story you make up about your reality.


What stories are you making up about yourself, your life and those around you?


What impact are they having?


It’s not what happens to you but how you interpret and what you make things mean that causes you suffering.


Suffering is not a requirement.


Pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.


You choose.


We sometimes become addicted to suffering as a false way to feel alive, and struggle becomes the drug of choice that we use for a cheap high.

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5 Steps To Get Through Challenging Days

In life there will be rough days. Days that are stressful and discouraging externally and internally.  Days when you’re feeling apprehension, worry, doubt and fear. There will be days when external circumstances cause your mind to wreck internal havoc. There will be times you feel overwhelmed and unsure of what decisions to make; and times when you have no idea how things are going to work out. At times you’ll find yourself questioning the choices you’ve made, and wondering if you’ve made the ‘right’ decisions for your life.

 

When these days come; breathe. Remember you’re not alone. During this journey of life everyone has moments or days when life is challenging.

 

If you’ve embarked on a path towards increased internal awareness and spiritual enlightenment it can be easy to think something is wrong when you feel this way. Nothing is wrong; it’s normal. You’re alive and challenging times are a component of being human. Feeling is an occupational hazard of life that no one escapes.

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Mud in Your Eyes

What do you do when life events hit you hard, knocking you to the ground, facedown in the mud? When you lose your job, your home, or your health? When a hurricane, flood, or other environmental disaster devastates your city or town? Does “oneness” or “universal love” have any relevance in a world full of pain and suffering? Having faced job loss, financial uncertainty, and health challenges myself at different times in my life, I know there are no simple answers to such difficult questions.
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Summer Pleasure – Have a Bunch NOW

Are you having enough fun?  We are midway through summer and before it slips by completely, I want to encourage you to consciously choose to have as much fun as possible. And, ladies, this means choosing pleasurable activities that will not only be fun, but also rebuild your oxytocin levels and reduce stress.  And guys, this means choosing some testosterone building things (playing sports, watching sports, working out, having beers with your buddies) that will help you reduce your stress levels.

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30 Simple Ways to Create Balance and Connection

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