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Life Ideals

Author name: Karen Burke Lane

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The Power of the Pause: Choosing Connection Over Conflict

Have you ever had those moments when your emotions boil over, leading you to say something you later regretted? Yes, I’ve been there too. We all experience times when our emotions surge, prompting impulsive reactions that can leave a trail of damage in its wake. It’s as if our emotions have taken control, leaving our […]

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Navigating Difficult Conversations 

It’s a universal truth that many of us avoid hard conversations. Whether uncomfortable, difficult, or necessary, these discussions often carry a sense of dread. We shy away from situations that could turn awkward, fearing that the resulting silence will be deafening. However, this approach only builds walls, creating distance instead of bridges. In a recent

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How to find peace when your mind won’t stop

You’re not alone if you’ve ever felt frustrated by inconsistent meditation or relaxation practices. Consistency can be elusive even when you know meditation has profound benefits for mind and body relaxation. Also, sitting quietly with our thoughts is not always easy, especially when our thoughts are wired to the negative. This can make relaxation techniques

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Switching ‘Should’ for ‘Could’: Transforming Self-Talk from Shame to Choice

Each day, our inner voice narrates our moment-to-moment experiences and decisions. This self-talk is powerful; it can dictate our mood, self-esteem, and outlook. Many of us use ‘should’ when talking to ourselves, which, although seemingly harmless, the word ‘should’ can carry a weight of shame and self-criticism. But what if we replaced ‘should’ with ‘could’?

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Three Reasons Why It Can Be Hard to Be Your Authentic Self

Living authentically is a journey that is both rewarding and challenging. In pursuing authenticity, we often encounter obstacles that make it difficult to maintain our true selves. This blog post explores three common challenges: societal expectations, negativity bias, and stress, offering practical advice for overcoming them. Note: This is not an exhaustive list but a

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Embracing Balance in Our Pursuit of an Ideal Life

The conversation often veers towards extremes in the quest for what constitutes an ‘ideal life,’ especially regarding our diets and lifestyle choices. However, the essence of a genuinely fulfilling life might lie in balancing and understanding the diversity of individual needs and circumstances. Growing research underscores the mental health and environmental advantages of plant-based diets.

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Enhancing self-care practices through gratitude

As we approach Thanksgiving, traditionally filled with gratitude and reflection, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore how gratitude can enhance our self-care practices. In the spirit of the season, let’s delve into how gratitude can transform various aspects of our daily self-care routines, enriching our overall well-being. 1. Deepening Relaxation Through Gratitude During relaxation practices

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Six Ways to Counter Resistance with Life Ideals

“What we resist persists.” Psychologist Carl Jung said, “What you resist not only persists but will grow in size.” And many teachers have followed with “what we embrace dissolves” or “what we accept changes.” We resist emotions, exercise, and rest. My daughter resists practicing her piano. We avoid talking about challenging topics. We fight what

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