What is your mantra?

man·tra  noun ˈmän-trə also ˈman- or ˈmən- : a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating : a word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs (Merriam-Webster online dictionary) I was working with someone recently who was feeling pretty awful. She’d move some emotions through, and then grimace […]

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Giving, receiving, and flow

In my last post, I talked about conscious giving and receiving, and how a nearly universal belief in our culture is that “tis better to give than to receive,” and how this throws people–especially women–off balance. “Giving” energy becomes the whole focus, while receiving can be way undervalued. Here’s a problem with this belief system:

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Conscious Giving and Receiving

“It’s the season of giving!”–Right? Perhaps–though maybe conscious giving and receiving require new skills. Specifically, the ability to ask yourself “what is the truth about what I want to give or don’t want to give, what I want to do or don’t want to do?” Perhaps this season, that is also so rife with overeating,

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I Choose Happy! Process Step #2

In I Choose Happy! Step #1, I asked you to make a commitment to choosing being happy over being right. You might have experienced what is very common after making a new commitment: that the obstacles to that commitment appear right away. Maybe you had thoughts like, “This is stupid, Julie lives in a totally

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Taking right versus happy to a whole new dimension

“Would you rather be right or be happy?” That question is a stock query in spiritual circles. I’ve used it in my relationship workshops to support couples to shift out of the arguments that create power struggles and back into the ease, connection, and love that brought them together. When I find that I’ve taken

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Are humans just acting from trauma?

There’s a high school in Walla Walla Washington that has discovered a new disciplinary approach, and has seen its numbers of suspensions drop by 85%. (See this link for the whole story.) The approach is revolutionary, radical even. Here’s how it goes: A student rages at a teacher, yelling obscenities. Then the teacher responds: “Wow.

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