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What You Need to Know about the Physical Effects of Anxiety

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I started suffering from anxiety in my early twenties. I married and moved away from home for the first time when I was 20 years old. After my husband finished college, we moved to the east coast, about 1200 miles from home.

The first couple of years it was exciting! We didn't have children, and we spent every weekend and vacation exploring up and down the coast.

But about 3 years into living there, I started to experience panic attacks whenever my husband was traveling, and I was home alone. …

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Ancient Techniques to Quiet Your Mind

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For millennia, people have sought methods to quiet their minds.

Long before modern technology introduced new distractions into our lives, humans have pursued inner peace. Life seems to be moving faster and crazier than ever before.

If you're seeking a method to quiet your mind and achieve inner peace, these four ancient techniques have proven effective even by today's standards.


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  1. Practice breathing meditation. Breathing meditation is a simple and effective method fo…

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The Meditative Path to Changing Daily Habits

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It’s natural for your brain to operate on autopilot sometimes. If you had to stop and think about each daily decision, it would be difficult to get much done.

That’s one reason why habits are so important.  

Habits are also automatic, and repetition makes them stronger. As long as your habits contribute to your wellbeing, that’s a formula for success.

However, your habits can hold you back if they clash with your true interests. Changing a habit can be challenging, but practices like meditati…

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Goal-Setting Traps to Avoid This Year

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Do you find yourself struggling to achieve your goals?

Perhaps your difficulties lie in the way you're setting your goals in the first place.

Rather than setting yourself up for success, you may be setting yourself up for failure in your first step!   There are five very common "goal-setting traps" that you may be falling into.

These are dangerous mistakes that can make it very difficult for you to accomplish whatever you're setting out to achieve.  

Find greater success with your goals by …

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Using Mindfulness & Meditation for Weight Loss Success

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Mindfulness & meditation is important for many aspects of your life! But have you ever thought of using mindfulness and meditation to improve your weight loss success?

Losing weight is rarely easy, and this is especially true for women over 60. After diet upon diet, workout program upon workout program, book after book, achieving a healthy body weight becomes defeating and exhausting.

Part of the reason these "fad" diets don’t have high success rates is that they’re too restrictive and are sel…

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3 Meditation Techniques That Fit Your Busy Schedule

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For many working adults, one of the most difficult things about meditation can be finding the time to squeeze a session into your busy schedule.

Try these 3 techniques that make meditating convenient and relaxing.

Meditating for five minutes or less

Eventually, you may decide to devote more time and effort to meditation to realize greater insights, but even small doses can calm your mind.

Each day brings many opportunities for contemplation. Here are some suggestions:

  • Stop on red. You ma…

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Mindfulness Meditation and Being Present in Your Life

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I found mindfulness meditation by accident.

In one of those odd kismets of fate, I was given a book by the title, "Wherever You Go, There You Are", by Jon Kabat-Zinn. My friend gave it to me as a joke (he thought the title was funny).

He didn't know that at the time I was dealing with extreme anxiety and struggling with everyday life. This gift started me on a path of healing and self-care.

Getting through my days and acting "normal" was challenging. It was hard to get out of bed. I couldn't …

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Meditation for Beginners: 10 Valuable Tips

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Meditation and mindfulness are popular topics.

There are many benefits to be gained through meditation, but beginners often struggle to develop a meditation practice. There is a lot of confusion around the simple but challenging practice of meditation. A few tips can make a significant difference. Here are 10 tips for meditation beginners: 

1. You don’t need anything to meditate.

It can be nice to have a proper cushion, loose-fitting clothing, and a quiet location. However, you don’t need any…

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Do Your Routines Serve or Sabotage You?

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Routines are important and powerful.

They allow us to save time by not having to make decisions. They can support you, your vision, and your goals, or they can work against what you actually want.

We all have routines, but few of us actually chose our routines. We seem to fall into them, and we keep our routines unless they’re obviously failing. Your current routines might be okay, but are they bringing you closer to your goalsDo they support your values and priorities?

Examine your daily …

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2 Days in Barcelona

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Wondering if a quick stop in Barcelona is worth it? Keep reading to learn how much you can see in just 2 days in Barcelona.

In 2018, we were visiting Terrance's family in southern France when we decided to take the train to Barcelona for a quick 2-day-2-night visit.

I was impressed by how much we were able to see in such a short time, and I completely fell in love with Barcelona!

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If you are planning your trip ahead of time (unlike us), A…

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