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Who’s to judge?

I am writing to you today from sunny South Africa and believe me, there’s no better time to talk about Mindtrap #4 than when you are in a different culture. Have you ever had the experience of someone not returning your call or email for a longer time than you would like? What tends to

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Quit the Victim Job.. Mindtrap #3

 “Nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” Shakespeare   Who is responsible for your happiness? You, that’s right, 100% you.   Notice how you reacted to that statement. If it resonated and you felt empowered, you’re on the right track. If not, you’re likely stuck in a victim mindset. How do we

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We are all the same…

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” ― William James   What? You might be thinking… I am unique and special, or.. I’m not as good as others or there’s no way I’m like THEM.   I am writing today because it is becoming more clear

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Mindtrap #2 Stop Shoulding on Yourself!

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening” Lisa M. Hayes   I should exercise, I should read more, I shouldn’t be impatient, I should be doing more…. how do I feel after writing that? Pretty darn down and disempowered. We are what we choose to focus on, and if you

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Shining the spotlight on Mindtrap #1!

“I’ve had a great many troubles in my life… most of which never happened.” Mark Twain Do you worry about the future? Has what you worry about ever happened, and in the meantime how much time have you spent rocking your nervous system and taking yourself out of the present moment? We are the only

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Don’t believe everything you think

I hinted last week that we would talk about the biggest mindblocks to happiness this week, so here we go. But wait, what is this happiness we are looking for? Oh yes, happy thoughts and happy feelings. So, what gets in the way? Unhappy thoughts that lead to unhappy feelings. OK, so let’s start with

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The easiest way to melt stress fast!

I was in a yoga class last week when the teacher said something like “Notice the spot where you feel tightness, touch it, acknowledge it, let it know you feel it so it doesn’t have to produce a stress response.” One simple statement. A million implications. Not only did my mind go to the spot

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Resistance is futile: Accept your experience

“When we argue with reality, we lose, but only 100% of the time” Byron Katie   How many times have you gone over and over something in your head that has already happened? How much time and energy has been spent on reliving something that “shouldn’t have happened”, but, in fact, did.  Or, perhaps there

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Fear or Excitement?

” Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   Think for a moment about going on a roller coaster…. what do you sense in your body? Probably if you’re like me, it’s a combination of butterflies in your stomach, tightness in your chest and restriction in your

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We are wired…

for connection. We are intimately connected to others in the grand web of human design. When we feel disconnected or lonely we are simply forgetting our connection. Feeling lonely is a natural human emotion.   “When you tug on a single thing in nature, you find it attached to the rest of the world” John

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