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Does being afraid make you a wimp?

Many folks believe that there’s something wrong with certain emotions. It might be OK to be scared and sad, but not mad–that’s mean! Or anger is acceptable, but not that wimpy stuff like fear or sadness. In some families, being happy was the only state allowed. Trying to express only certain emotions stops the flow. […]

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Happiness as an indicator, not a drift

“Happy idiot.” “Happy fool.” Somehow, our culture has associated being happy with being out of touch with reality, or just being plain stupid. Happiness ends up being viewed as a drift away from what we collectively understand to be “real:” pain, suffering, the difficulty of everyday life where we work diligently at the grindstone, Sisyphus’

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An alternative form of energy: Being authentic

Have you felt a bit lethargic lately? Do you notice that your energy is low, that you feel kind of blah, tired out, numb? Instead of wondering whether it really is time for Geritol or to do a thyroid level check, look for a solution in a different place: Where are you not being authentic?

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5 tips for conscious holidays

‘Tis the season for overindulgences. Feasting on  holiday delicacies, drinking wassail (I had to look it up–it’s a hot mulled cider), party punches, and champagne–YUM! And in the midst of this, lots of social time with friends and family. So, being CONSCIOUS in the middle of all of this?? Somehow, staying awake and aware seems

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“I don’t want to hurt you…”

I’ve realized lately that part of my job is to help people become more hurtful. In popular culture, the declaration comes at the beginning of a relationship, “I’ll never hurt you!” There’s a determination about this, an avowal that this time will be different, I won’t be like your parents or your last partner or

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