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Three steps to a Perfect Thanksgiving

On this day in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. It was designed to be a day where we gather with those we love the most and express our gratitude in word and prayer. In reality, it is just another 24-hour period. Hospitals and some stores remain open and larger stores prepare for the madness of Black Friday. People who have to work often feel resentful. They have to miss out on a celebration that the world takes for granted. Some feel pressured to create a “perfect holiday experience for their families. Adult siblings compete for the love of their parents, causing arguments and creating more stress. Dietary restrictions, religious beliefs, and political affiliations, only add to the chaos. All...

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Meditation: The Best Medicine

Are you feeling beat up from all of these crazy, cosmic events? You are not a victim of the stars, you are a star and you can shine your light or you can run and hide.  If you are reading this, you probably would rather shine.  You can be part of the world and still retain the ability to detach, just a bit, when things get rough. This is not the same as running away, it is simply controlling how events around you affect your energy. We often become so much a part of the world, that we believe that the chaos around us is who we are. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The truth is: you are...

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You Don't Have to Do It All

Are you feeling exhausted? Overwhelmed? Overburdened and burned out? That is a feeling that many of us live with. We accept every new chore or responsibility and heap it on the mountain of other items in our inbox, wondering if we will live to see the day that it is empty. The truth is: you probably won't. That is the way life works. There is always something new. Always an item that will be completed late or not at all. So, with that new knowledge, why worry? Do what you can, and take care of you. If you don't have the time to relax and recharge, you are doing too much. If your life is so full that you have...

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Addicted to Stress

One of the biggest complaints we have in our society is stress. Not only does it make life unpleasant, but can also cause health issues and problems. While we are quick to complain about it, for some, stress is an addiction. It gives them a conversation starter. It excuses them from not measuring up to the standards they wish they could attain.It makes them part of the crowd. I f you had a choice, would you wish to be part of a large crowd of paupers or a small group of wealthy people? That one is easy, and yet, we deny ourselves the "wealth" of a peaceful, pleasant life. How do we do this? First, we keep talking about it....

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The Whitewater of Life

If you signed up to take a rafting ride and the water was calm and the scenery never changed, you would, likely, be disappointed. You signed up for the excitement! You wanted to see and experience different things! You wanted to feel the adrenaline rush and the triumph over danger as the water got rough! If you had wanted a boring, uneventful life, you would have not chosen to come to Earth. Change and the excitement it brings are part of the Earth school process of learning. You cannot stop change, but you can control the way you approach it. If you did sign up for the rafting ride, would you spend the trip cowering in the bottom of the...

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