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4 Steps To Happiness

4 Steps To Happiness

We had the privilege to speak for the Doris Howell Foundation, an organization dedicated to women’s health research and education. What an amazing night! Check out a recap of the evening on their blog ‘The 4 things you can start doing TODAY on your journey to happiness‘.   Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. […]

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Life Lessons from Athletes

Life Lessons from Athletes

      Spring Into Exercise Spring brings sunshine, more time to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature blooming. Spring offers the perfect inspiration to get out and get moving. We are very passionate about movement, exercise and feeling fit as a pathway to happiness. In fact, exercise is one of the most important tools in […]

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Make a Difference in The World ~ The Buddhist Way

Make a Difference in The World ~ The Buddhist Way

Life as a Spiritual Practice One of our favorite times to meditate is at the gym. This isn’t a formal eyes closed practice, visualizing big muscles or meditating on good form. Rather we have found the gym to provide the perfect forum to send compassionate well-wishes to those around us. We are practicing a version […]

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The Heart of Connection

The Heart of Connection

Choose Kindness Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to love, appreciate and cherish our most significant relationships. This year consider an alternative to the traditional flowers, candy or love note and opt for a more meaningful way to show your love. For this we look to the largest predictor of relationship success; kindness. According to relationship […]

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Self-Love for Healthy Love

Self-Love for Healthy Love

As the month of love is here we are eager to share with you a series of articles on how to create inspired, magical and extraordinary relationship with yourself and those you love! To evoke the best from others, you must find a vibration that is a match to the best in others. ~ Abraham […]

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Choose Love

Choose Love

Where there is love, there is life. ~ Gandhi In a time ripe for seeds of fear to grow, it is easy to feel powerless and go unconscious to how we can make a positive difference. Our hearts are cracked open as we witness the pain that others experience. Bombarded with the sea of social […]

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4 Game-Changing Brain Science Discoveries Redefining Happiness

4 Game-Changing Brain Science Discoveries Redefining Happiness

Our latest article is inspired by our passion for happiness!! Check in out on psyhcentral.com http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/10/26/4-game-changing-brain-science-discoveries-redefining-happiness/ Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. have been a team for 20 years, specializing in mind, body, spirit psychology. They are the authors of the bestselling books The Happy Map: Your roadmap to the habit of happiness and […]

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Experiences Make Us Happier

Experiences Make Us Happier

Buy Experiences and Feel Happier Life experience not material possessions lead to the greatest happiness. A walk in nature, vacation getaway or evening with friends far surpasses the happiness-high from a new purchase or increase in salary. A host of research proves that memories are priceless to our happiness. This is due to the fact […]

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Strengthen Your Mind-Body Connection

Strengthen Your Mind-Body Connection

We recently attended a concert of meditation music performed by Snatam Kaur and Ajeet Kaur. It was truly heavenly. Afterwards we were talking to each other about the blissful feelings of relaxation we experienced as soon as we heard the soft music and melodic chanting. The sensations of calm and peace that surged through our […]

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Universal Signs

Universal Signs

The other day as we were rushing to make it to the gym for a spin class, we had an awe-inspiring gift from the Universe that literally stopped us in our tracks. A butterfly flew slowly overheard circling us and landed on Kim’s finger. It then proceeded to hang out for the next hour alternating […]

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7 Ways Your Ego Sabotages Your Meditation Practice (& what to do about it)

7 Ways Your Ego Sabotages Your Meditation Practice (& what to do about it)

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. 
It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there —buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. — Deepak Chopra On most days we either begin or end our day with a meditation practice.  It has been hands down our […]

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2 Words That Will Change Your Life

2 Words That Will Change Your Life

If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you it would be enough. —Meister Eckhart   Thank You    We are truly blessed to have a holiday dedicated to feeling blessed!  When you say ‘thank you’, you tune your mind and body to the highest emotional states possible. According to Robert […]

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5 Ways To Rewire Your Brain For Meaningful Life Changes

5 Ways To Rewire Your Brain For Meaningful Life Changes

Check out our article on how to rewire your brain featured on MindBodyGreen.com http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11762/5-ways-to-rewire-your-brain-for-meaningful-life-changes.html

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Hormone Boost from Holiday Socials

Hormone Boost from Holiday Socials

Get a Hormone Boost from Your Holiday Socials Did you know that the holidays offer an opportunity for you to strengthen one of the top predictors of lasting happiness? Here are a few hints about what we are referring to. Lasting happiness is not found in… Buying presents or opening presents. Eating festive foods or […]

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Get Out of Your Own Way

Get Out of Your Own Way

Getting In Your Own Way A ship is safe in harbor but that is not what ships are for. ~ William Shedd Purpose is positively correlated with three fundamental aspects of life experience; wealth, health and happiness. Why then are more people not on the purposeful path reaping these amazing benefits? As you set out […]

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Purpose in Life

Purpose in Life

The journey of life is the destination itself Each of us has an inherent purpose in life. Yet according to research less than 5 out of 100 people have even the slightest clue as to what that might be. Without a clear sense of purpose, it is easy to lose sight of the big picture […]

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Appreciate Anything to Appreciate Everything

Appreciate Anything to Appreciate Everything

Appreciate and Be Happy Did you know the time you spend appreciating your life in general will actually help you make peace with the past and increase happiness in the present?  Research shows when you appreciate anything you strengthen your ability to appreciate everything. There are only two ways to live your life. One is […]

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Emotions Are Energy

Emotions Are Energy

What are emotions? Let’s start by exploring a basic understanding of emotions that will likely be dramatically different than what you have believed up to this point. What we think of as emotion is the experience of energy moving through the body. This is generally felt as sensations of contraction such as tension or expansion […]

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Nutritional Stress Management

Nutritional Stress Management

The stresses of modern life have conditioned the mind and body into states of chronic stress. When you perceive stress your body responds via your hormone glands, releasing two primary stress hormones: adrenaline and cortisol. These two hormones have a widespread impact on every system and organ in your body. Specifically they lead to an […]

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Bodymind & The #1 Health Challenge

Bodymind & The #1 Health Challenge

Heart Disease Let’s take a look at the bodymind connection as it relates to the #1 health challenge faced by men and women in North America, heart disease. It is still hard to fathom but 1 in 2.5 women will die of heart disease compared 1 in 30 from breast cancer.  Women have different symptoms […]

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Mind in Your Cells

Mind in Your Cells

Emotional Brain According to neuroscience, emotions are processed and communicated not just in the brain as once believed, but on the outside of cells in the form of neuropeptides. Neuropeptides, discovered by researcher Candace Pert in the 1980’s, are the messenger molecules of your emotions. The discovery of neuropeptides as receptor cites on the outside […]

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Mind-Body Connection

Mind-Body Connection

Mind in the Body, Body in the Mind What you think and feel impacts your physical body. Conversely, how you feel physically impacts your thoughts and emotions. For instance, if you feel butterflies in your stomach your mind will immediately try to find a reason as to why you are feeling this way. ‘I must […]

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Nature’s Best Energy Electrolyte Drink

Nature’s Best Energy Electrolyte Drink

Citrus fruits are warm climate fruits full of juice. They are commonly used for cleansing and cooling the body down. For all workouts that last more than an hour, you will want to keep your electrolyte balance at optimum levels.  There is no need to buy pasteurized electrolyte drinks that are nutrient depleted when you […]

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Your Perception, Your Reality

Your Perception, Your Reality

Internal World vs. External World When you focus on your authentic potential you adopt the belief that your lens with which you view the world is the primary shaper of your reality. Your external world predicts 10% of your well-being and potential. Your internal world determines 90% of your well-being and potential. When you learn […]

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Your Potential vs. Average

Your Potential vs. Average

Our current models of happiness and well-being are based on the study of averages. Consequently averages are considered to be the norm that you can expect to achieve. Traditional psychology research focuses on these norms or averages and determines what is possible based on what is average for most people.  It then turns its attention […]

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Reaching Your Success Potential?

Reaching Your Success Potential?

What is Success? The standard strategy for success includes working hard to achieve a particular goal. Once you attain this goal then you will feel successful. Once you are successful then you are happy. Work Hard Model: Work Hard = Achieve Goals = Success = Happiness This model does not account for how the brain […]

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Body-Mind Solution to Happiness

Body-Mind Solution to Happiness

How is this different from positive thinking? Positive thinking is only one part of the solution. Many people have found short term results and long term frustration with repeating positive affirmations. They may be diligent students practicing daily but still find they come up short. There are key pieces missing from the positive thinking equation. […]

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The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness: Life’s Ultimate Aim When asked what most people want in life, they will tell you it is to be happy. Typically, if they answer with some other external factor such as financial freedom, material gain, love relationship or degree of success this is most often because they believe acquiring this will […]

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Happiness Paradigm Shift

Happiness Paradigm Shift

The Shift to Lasting Happiness We are going to share key factors to assist you in building a new framework in your mind for what it takes to be happy.  This is likely going to require a dynamic paradigm shift in your consciousness. It will contradict much of what is believed to be true about […]

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Kale The New Superfood

Kale The New Superfood

Super Kale  By Chef Grace Kale is being touted as a new ‘Super Food’. Kale is now recognized as providing support for the body’s detoxification system helping regulate cleansing at a genetic level. Its anti-inflammatory benefits play a leading dietary role respective to oxidative stress. This green scores 1,000 on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index. […]

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Meditate to Increase Your Focus

Meditate to Increase Your Focus

  De-Clutter Working memory Everyone can agree that achieving your goals takes focus. How do you make something top of mind? The first and most important step to increase focus is to de-clutter your working memory. You have to make room in your mind in order to have the capacity to focus. The most effective […]

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Brain Power: The Cause of Focus

Brain Power: The Cause of Focus

Prefrontal Cortex Focus Have you ever put a note on your refrigerator or at your desk and within a week or less discover that you no longer see it? This is a representation of what happens when your working memory gets full. Working memory represent what you are able to focus on as a priority […]

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Focus to Achieve Your Goals

Focus to Achieve Your Goals

It is now a few months into the New Year and a good time to evaluate your progress on your goals and intentions. Are you seeing the results you desire? Are you sustaining top of mind focus on your goals and intentions? Are you still feeling inspired and motivated to accomplish what you identified as […]

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February’s Favorite Flavor

February’s Favorite Flavor

By Chef Grace Chocolate’s Unique Chemistry The flavor of chocolate goes beyond Willie Wonka and Valentine’s Day. This secret craving can turn guilt into the best day ever when you understand the science behind the madness. Chocolate’s unique chemistry, taste and sensory properties can make it addictive. It has the perfect mix of sugar and […]

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What roads have you been traveling on?

What roads have you been traveling on?

Here are five solutions to support you in rewiring your brain to achieve your goals and intentions. Solution 1 Change your belief context regarding what it takes to achieve success with your goals. Understand the inherent power in the biology of your habits and how to rewire them. Successful change requires aligning your thoughts, perceptions, […]

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Your Neural Architecture

Your Neural Architecture

Our clients often ask us: Given that change is natural to my brain chemistry, why do I set the same goals each year to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more or choose healthier relationships? How is it that I keep repeating the same patterns? Brain Maps To answer this we first need to look at […]

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Wired for Change

Wired for Change

Are you ready to experience your best self in 2012? If you are like most people you have specific goals to accomplish and resolutions to make in order to feel like you are truly experiencing your best self. This is the time of year that most people identify areas of change and put a plan […]

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Work Smart  vs. Working Hard

Work Smart vs. Working Hard

No Time to Work Smart It is common to get caught in a cycle of being so busy working hard, that you don’t have time to work smart. This might look like pushing yourself harder and harder trying to increase your output without taking the time to improve the process and replenish your reserves. Work […]

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Healthy Mind Healthy Body

Healthy Mind Healthy Body

Mind and Body It is universally accepted that the state of your mind affects the state of your body. If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed you are likely to experience fatigue and muscle tension. Equally, if you feel happy and calm you are likely to have more energy and physical vitality. The mind and […]

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The Spiritual Path of An Open Heart

The Spiritual Path of An Open Heart

Fearless Open Heart An ancient proverb reminds us that only brave souls walk the human path, for the earthly existence is enshrouded in a veil of illusion. Choosing to walk a spiritual path provides an opportunity to live life with an open heart. Living open heartedly means we must fearlessly face our old patterns, transform […]

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Programming Your Mind for Success

Programming Your Mind for Success

Law of Exposure The Law of Exposure states, what you expose yourself to dramatically shapes how you think, feel and act. Applying the Law of Exposure proactively takes deliberate action daily. It is a moment to moment conscious choice. If what you expose yourself to is not a reflection of that which you want to […]

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New Years Resolutions Success

New Years Resolutions Success

If you are not getting the results you want from your New Years Resolutions than it may be time to apply the Law of Exposure. Simply stated, what you expose yourself to dramatically shapes your thinking, feeling and acting. In other words, you are a product of your environment. Consider that watching the news can […]

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The Quantum Mechanics of Changing Thoughts

The Quantum Mechanics of Changing Thoughts

Quantum Mechanics and Your Energetic Signature Every thought and emotion has its own energetic signature or wave frequency. Quantum mechanics has demonstrated how a wave frequency can be altered. The shape of a wave has peaks and valleys. Energy waves are encoders and carriers of information with an infinite capacity for storage. When you overlay […]

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The Matrix of Relationship

The Matrix of Relationship

We exist in a matrix of interwoven causal relationships between waves, particles and quarks of light energy. Everything is interconnected in this sea of energy. Every part of the universe is thus connected to every other part. It has been said that the most important part of understanding energy is not the source of the […]

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Quantum Mechanics & Your Authentic Potential

Quantum Mechanics & Your Authentic Potential

Everything is energy. When you look through the lens of a quantum microscope you see beyond the physical and into the world of the subatomic, the Zero Point Field. From molecules to atoms to subatomic particles, science demonstrates the causal field of life. What happens in here (Zero Point Field) leads to what happens out […]

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Reach Your Authentic Potential: NeuroLinguistic Programming

Reach Your Authentic Potential: NeuroLinguistic Programming

Sensory Experience NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) is known as the study of human excellence. It asserts that we can’t know the world directly but rather we can only experience it through the representations we build from our sensory experience. This includes what we see, hear, feel/touch, taste and smell. Consequently, NLP strategies work directly with the […]

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Happiness Set Point

Happiness Set Point

Glass Half Full or Glass Half Empty? Mainstream thought has traditionally believed that happiness is hardwired. Consequently, throughout one’s life whether gaining a job or losing one, getting married or divorced, there are those who will view these circumstances more optimistically while others will take a more glass half empty view. This is known as […]

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Neural Plasticity: 4 Steps to Change Your Brain

Neural Plasticity: 4 Steps to Change Your Brain

Neural Plasticity According to Michael Merzenich from the book The Brain that Changes Itself, practicing a new habit under the right conditions, can change hundreds of millions and possibly billions of the connections between the nerve cells in our neural pathways. The human brain is made up of an estimated 100 billion neurons making a […]

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2 Neuroscience Breakthroughs Lead to Neural Plasticity

2 Neuroscience Breakthroughs Lead to Neural Plasticity

Are you hopeful about creating your goals, dreams and desires? If you answered yes than read on for neuroscience breakthroughs to achieving lasting success. How the Brain Works According to Nobel Prize-winner neuroscientist Eric Kandel advances in research are leading to a completely new understanding of how the brain works. In addition to the discovery […]

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Neural Plasticity Creates Solutions

Neural Plasticity Creates Solutions

Change Your Brain Neural Plasticity is a revolutionary breakthrough with huge implications for people seeking better brain health and those looking to change stubborn patterns. Given that you have the capacity to change your brain, why do you keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results? Why do you like most people […]

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Emotional Awareness

Emotional Awareness

Master Your Emotions In a previous post titled, Emotional Presence we covered the first step to master your emotions; Presence. Emotional Awareness is your second step to master your emotions. Emotional awareness and emotional presence go hand in hand. The more present you are, the more aware you are of your moment-to-moment mental, emotional and […]

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Transforming Challenges Into Opportunities

Transforming Challenges Into Opportunities

Victor Frankl: Lead With Your Heart Victor Frankl is known for losing his entire family during the holocaust and his remarkable journey of survival in the concentration camps. He invented Logo-Therapy from these experiences rooted in the power of your attitude to determine your experiences in life. Everything can be taken from a man but […]

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Achieve Your Goals with Positive Psychology

Achieve Your Goals with Positive Psychology

Changing for Good The field of Positive Psychology offers insight and hope into changing for good thereby enabling you to achieve your goals. In brief, Positive Psychology focuses on the solution more than the problem. It supports you to use what is working in your life to create more of what you want and less […]

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Know Your Change Saboteurs to Achieve Your Goals

Know Your Change Saboteurs to Achieve Your Goals

Change requires hope, faith and determination. You have got to give it all you’ve got if you really want to make a difference in your personal and professional goals. There is a great saying that illuminates this further, You can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought Maybe this is taking it a bit too […]

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Power of The Present

Power of The Present

Now is all there is You have heard it said before, NOW is all there is. When you truly understand this, it will transform your experience of how you use time to create results. There is no past or future happening now. You only have power in this present moment; the past and future are […]

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Leveraged Power of The 80/20 Rule

Leveraged Power of The 80/20 Rule

80-20 Rule The 80-20 Rule, is a long-standing mathematical formula demonstrating that a small amount of effort or energy output (20%) is responsible for a large percentage (80%) of the results. It can be both challenging and exciting to fathom this ratio in the context of your day to day activities. Is it truly possible […]

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Centering Meditation Introduction

Centering Meditation Introduction

The purpose of the Centering Meditation is to help you quiet your mind and experience your center. In reality it will only point you to who you already are an essence already centered, already at peace. It will also help you to recognize the natural state of a centered mind throughout the day allowing you […]

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Centering Meditation Practice

Centering Meditation Practice

Centering Meditation: Three Options Select one of the following three options to focus your attention and quiet your mind during your centering meditation. 1. Diaphragmatic Breathing Focus your awareness on your breathing. Become aware of your inhale and exhale. Notice the sensation of your breath. FEEL your breath coming and going, going and coming, through […]

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Success Mindset

Success Mindset

Observe Your Internal Dialogue People who thrive and prosper in all arenas of life have two very distinct mind patterns in their success mindset. First, they let the perceived mistakes, setbacks and misfortunes roll off their back. They have the ability to shake off fear, stress and worry and transform old habits so they can […]

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Sideline Power & Subjective Intention

Sideline Power & Subjective Intention

Sideline Power There is no such thing as being a passive witness or innocent bystander in the realm of creation. Everything counts. Whether you are thinking, feeling, acting, imagining or noticing, you are creating. This explains why it is that people keep thinking about what they don’t want even when they’re highly motivated to create […]

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Success Myth

Success Myth

deserve success but you don’t? Where does deservability come from? You Deserve Success Believing you deserve success is a reflection of your self-worth which you develop very early in life. Self-worth issues are often tied to the success myth that there is not enough for everyone to have what they want. What’s more, in order […]

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Emotional Movement Technique

Emotional Movement Technique

The Emotional Movement Technique is effective for relieving stress and increasing EQ. One of the benefits of this exercise is that it takes 2 minutes or less to complete. Think of an issue that you find stressful. Follow these steps and work with the biology and psychology of stress relief. Diaphragmatic Breathing Shift out of […]

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Relationship Myths and Conscious Communication

Relationship Myths and Conscious Communication

Conscious Communication Conscious communication invites you to take responsibility for the fact that there is no objective reality. Everything you experience is filtered through the lens of your subjective perceptions. If you want to create conscious communication in your relationship you have to be willing to discern your interpretations from the facts there is what […]

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Relationship Fact: Love is a Conscious Choice

Relationship Fact: Love is a Conscious Choice

Love Drug Relationship FACT: Love is a conscious choice. In fact, love is a verb and it implies action. Being attracted to someone is also a choice. Given that love alters your brain chemistry, we can understand how it may not feel as though love is a conscious choice. But trust us, if you want […]

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What Is Your Purpose In Life?

What Is Your Purpose In Life?

The Journey of Life Each of us has an inherent purpose in life. Yet, research shows that less than 5 out of 100 people have even the slightest clue as to what that might be? Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose in life? Without a clear sense of purpose, we often become […]

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Meditation: A Powerful Relaxation Technique & Force For Change

Meditation: A Powerful Relaxation Technique & Force For Change

Live in the Present Moment Technically speaking, there is nothing magical or mystical about meditation. Meditation is an increased concentration and awareness; a process to live in the present moment to produce and enjoy a tranquil state of mind. It is about paying attention, in the only time we have, the Now. Living in the […]

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Emotional Presence for Emotional Authenticity

Emotional Presence for Emotional Authenticity

Emotional Authenticity The first step in emotional authenticity is emotional presence because the present moment is the only place you have real power to shift your state. Much stress and emotional upset is caused by lamenting over the past and worrying about the future. Often what occurs when people slow down and become present is […]

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Achieving Your Target Goals Practice

Achieving Your Target Goals Practice

Become an Observer Imagine you are an observer sitting on your own shoulder eaves-dropping on your thoughts and feelings. Take a moment to consider what you want to be, do and have in your life. Actively contemplate your goals and dreams? Now make a list of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs related to your target […]

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Conscious Communication 101

Conscious Communication 101

Listen to Be Heard How can we communicate better? This is one of the most common questions we are asked in our work with couples. Our clients often believe if only they could say it differently then they would be heard. Our answer to this: Being heard is more reflective of your ability to listen […]

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Transform Your Habits By Conditioning Your Brain

Transform Your Habits By Conditioning Your Brain

The Cause of Habits Do you find yourself repeating patterns year after year making the same New Years resolutions? What causes the phenomena of habits or why you do what you do? Quite simply, your habits are a result of the natural conditioning of your brain. The repetition of your thoughts, feelings and actions form […]

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The Real Purpose of Emotion

The Real Purpose of Emotion

Emotions Transform Life Emotions give texture, color and meaning to life. Emotions transform life from an objective series of events into a living breathing experience. To experience the full range of emotions, to cry, laugh, or feel happy infuses our existence with meaning and value. Energy in Motion The word emotion is derived from the […]

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Steps to Achieving Your Authentic Potential

Steps to Achieving Your Authentic Potential

  Achieving Your Potential is a Present Moment Experience Achieving your authentic potential lives in the present not the past or the future. Deepak Chopra says it best, ‘The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called ‘the present’.” Besides when we […]

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Neuroscience of Emotion

Neuroscience of Emotion

  Neural Hijacking In the past it was believed that information from your senses was analyzed by the thinking brain (cortex) first. Now with new scientific findings we know your perceptions, go directly to the emotional brain (amygdala) without passing through the thinking, decision-making brain first. Daniel Goleman in his research and book on emotional […]

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Higher Purpose of Relationships

Higher Purpose of Relationships

Relationship Mirror Relationships constantly challenge and call you to create, express and experience higher aspects of yourself. This ultimately allows you to step into grander and grander visions of yourself. Given this perspective, without relationships you cannot completely fulfill your purpose in life, express your authentic potential or contribute to the world around you. Relationships […]

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How to Master Your Emotions

How to Master Your Emotions

You can’t just THINK your way through your FEELings! Do you ever feel like you are riding an emotional roller coaster? Sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down. When things are going well the skies are blue, the sun is shining and you feel great but when things aren’t going your way, the storm […]

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Focus on What You Want to Get What You Want!

Focus on What You Want to Get What You Want!

How does your brain process language?  What happens if I say don’t think about a problem?  Your brain doesn’t know how to do this.  You have to think of something in order not to think about it. Do you spend more of your time focused on what you want or what you don’t want? People […]

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