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Reading Our Emotional Temperature

So many of us struggle with feeling our feelings. Maybe we were taught to dismiss them, to pretend they don't exist. Maybe we were taught that anger is an emotion to swallow and sadness an emotion to sweep away. They're negative, after all. Maybe we received the message that some feelings are OK ---like happiness and excitement---while others are not. Maybe we received the message that good kids smile and don't rock the boat by having "bad" feelings. That bad feelings equal bad, ungrateful, naughty, unruly, shameful kids.
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5 Ways to Start Our Days with Intention, Curiosity and Calm

Does this sound like your morning: You wake up to your alarm, grab your phone and start scrolling social media, news headlines and your inbox. You learn about something terrible or tragic, something you can't shake. Your mind focuses on the 100 tasks you need to do before 10 a.m. Or it turns to a few or a slew of negative, worrisome thoughts. Or you jump out of bed, already fearful that you forgot something. Or you sleep walk from your bed to the bathroom (and likely trip on something on your way). Or you beg the kids to start brushing their teeth, and sprint into the kitchen to start breakfast. And you already feel behind.
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Self-Care Sunday: Become Intolerant

Every day, we face many annoyances that only weigh us down. Annoyances that sink our energy and our mood. Annoyances that genuinely affect us. Annoyances that take time and attention away from what really matters to us. We assume there's absolutely nothing we can do. And sometimes, acceptance is our best bet. But other times we can get creative. Other times we can become intolerant (in a good way, of course).
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Searching the Innermost Recesses of Your Soul

I just penned a post for my creativity blog about exploring our nighttime dreams to inspire new projects---and to gain a deeper, richer understanding of ourselves. Because exploring our dreams uncovers our inner world. According to Susan M. Tiberghien in her book One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft, "C.G. Jung defines the dream as the little hidden door in the innermost recesses of the soul."
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