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3 Ways Breathing Brings Healing and Living to Life

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Breathing can get us through stressful situations without falling apart. It can also heal us physically and emotionally and keep us truly living and not just staying alive. In my book The ABC’s of Joyful Living I share the experience of how I once had to use the power of my own breath to bring breath and life back into the lifeless body of my son. We’ve all heard of, seen and many probably even experienced this powerful transfer of life giving breath through CPR and such. It’s quite the amazing miracle to witness. If we have the power to…

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Breathe– a better way to deal with stress!

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Stress is a part of everyday life: work, traffic, children, spouse, weather, health, finances and relationships…. Most often we’re able to get through them fine without letting them ruin our day and lives. But some days those same stresses can become so amplified and great that it becomes too much to handle. What do we do then? Enter fight or flight mode! But what if there was a better way? What if you could simply and calmly just breathe through your stress?! There are times when stress gets to be too much that it seems the only viable options are…

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The Power and Joy of Vacuuming! More than just Cleaning Carpets.

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Ever since I was a child I remember having the chore of vacuuming. I often hated it, mostly because it was a chore I had to do before I could do anything that I really wanted to do. But in the end, there was a sort of odd peace and sense of accomplishment that came from vacuuming. The rhythmic back and forth motion of the wheels and brushes gliding across the floor making clean smooth pattern lines in the carpet. The power in that small motor connected to the long tubing that manages to find stubborn hidden dirt and debris…

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What are We Searching For? A Look at Becoming Aware.

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In our search through life we always seem to be looking for the best and simplest way to get something we want. A new car, new house, new clothes, new relationship…more money, more friends, more recognition… a better more fit and trim body, better health, better hair, better job…the list goes on. We turn to social media, TV, movies, radio, magazines and other mass media news, looking, searching, longing, hoping, dreaming… We see others clearly achieving what we so desperately want but is always just out of our own grasp. We tell ourselves that as long as we keep searching,…

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Signs that let you know you’re traveling on your correct path in life

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We’re all here on earth for a purpose and we all have specifics paths to travel to achieve that purpose. There are many different paths that we will be on in different times and stages of our life. And these paths will be different for each and every person.  But how do you know if you’re on the right path to achieving your particular purpose in life? Here are a few signs to look for along your path that will let you know if you’re traveling in the right direction. And some that let you know it’s time to make…

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Ten Ways to Make Letting Go More Doable and Fun

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Lately I’ve had to do A LOT of letting go. Letting go of expectations. Letting go of desired sleep. Letting go of certain hopes and dreams. Letting go of old memorabilia. Letting go of locations to live. Letting go of difficult relationships. Letting go of emotions. Letting go of fears. Just to name a few. We’ve all heard about how important it is to let go of things and about the peace and power that comes from so doing. We’re to let go of thoughts, feelings, emotions, fears, relationships, and even tangible things that no longer serve us in helping…

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Three Traps that keep you from Experiencing Joy

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Are you looking to experience greater joy in your life, but can’t seem to quite get there? There are so many wonderful ways that we can experience joy in life. My book “The ABC’s of Joyful Living” talks of at least 26 of those ways. But sometimes no matter how many things we’re doing to create joy in our life, there are some things that we’re also doing that trap true joy from coming through as powerfully as it wants to. Here are three common things that trap joy. Trap #1 Comparison “Comparison is the thief of Joy” —Ralph Waldo…

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How to Overcome Loneliness

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As a mother getting time alone is precious. It’s such a rarity because you are always on high demand for everything all the time. Often even going to the bathroom isn’t necessarily alone time because inevitably someone is knocking on the door needing your attention. If you’re lucky enough to actually get a moment, although it may be short-lived, it is quite blissful. I remember longing for and treasuring such moments whenever they did occur. When I first became a single parent though and my kids were gone with their dad for hours, days and even weeks at a time,…

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The Gift and Power of Choice and How to properly Use it.

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“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.”  —Wayne Dyer We’ve all been given the great gift to choose for ourselves how we want to be. What a wonderful gift! To get to choose at any given moment how to respond to anything and anyone. That’s pure power! And it’s even more powerful when it’s used properly and motivated by love. Love for ourselves and love for others. Love for the gift itself and the power it brings. But its proper…

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What to do When your Plans don’t go according to Plan

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We all wake up with a great plan for the day. Often we even go to bed the night before with a plan in mind. But what do you do when what you had planned just isn’t an option anymore? You could get all upset and bummed and be miserable and sad that you weren’t able to do what you wanted to do. Give up on the day and just forget about trying to accomplish anything. You could get angry and be mean to whoever made things not go according to plan. You could curse God and the universe for…

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