10 Things I Learned From People Who Survived Cancer

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When I interviewed women who had survived breast cancer for my art project The Woman Inside, I noticed that they all shared one remarkable thing in common.

They had all faced down death and decided to live every day like it might be their last. And then they all beat cancer.

The more interviews I did, the more I noticed that these women were living differently than most of the people I knew who had not been diagnosed with cancer. Here’s what I learned from those survivor women. Learning these lessons changed my life, and I hope they’ll change yours.

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Scientific Proof That Negative Beliefs Harm Your Health

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The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years. We call it “the placebo effect,” and we know that when patients in clinical trials get nothing but sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries, but believe they might be getting the new wonder drug or miracle surgery, their bodies get better 18-80% of the time.

While many are aware of the seemingly mysterious placebo effect, fewer people know about its evil twin, “the nocebo effect.” When I was researching my book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, I became convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that a combination of positive belief and the nurturing care of the right healer can activate the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms and help the body heal itself.

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13 Disorders Caused by Lack of Water

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Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To them, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water. But there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense nature of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.

This list of 13 symptoms will inspire you to go get a glass of water, and then another, and another…

After each symptom the list below will show how lack of fluid affects the issue.

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5 Hard Truths: Why You Are Not living Your Dreams

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I know many people will be able to relate to the points below and I myself have and still do experience these ‘truths’ about not succeeding at my dreams or goals. Many of these truths are obvious, but many people do not accept or realise that they do them on a regular basis and continue to blame other forces for their unsatisfying lives. I hope, though, that having more awareness as to why your situation in life is not what you want it to be will help in the pursuit of your dreams. There is no ultimate truth as to why you are here and no one thing that will fill that hole, though many people find some comfort in feeling that that ultimate truth can be an invisible force that’s within and around you at all times, at every moment of your life. For some, that realization is all they need for, well, happiness.

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An Old Tibetan Dreaming Method That Can Help You Succeed in Life

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This is one of the old Tibetan methods, and Tibetan seekers have worked very deeply into the dreamworld. The method is, just falling into sleep, you try to remember one thing, any one thing, just a rose flower. Just visualize a rose flower. And just go on thinking that you will see it in the dream. Visualize it and go on thinking that in the dream, whatsoever the dream, this rose flower must be there. Visualize its color, its scent – everything. Feel it so it will become alive inside you. And with that rose flower, fall into sleep.

Within few days you will be able to bring that flower into your dream. This is a great success because now you have created at least a part of the dream. Now you are the master. At least one part of the dream, the flower, has come. And the moment you see the flower, you will immediately remember this is a dream. And when you succeed in dreams, then you can succeed in sleep.

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The Strange Meeting of Two Sleepwalkers: A Short Story

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One night one mother and daughter were awakened suddenly because of a noise. They both were sleepwalkers, and the time the sudden noise happened in the neighborhood they were both walking in the garden, asleep. They were sleep-walkers.

It must have been a shock, because in sleep the old woman, the mother, was saying to the daughter that, “Because of you, you bitch, because of you, my youth is lost. You destroyed me. And now anybody who comes to the house looks at you. Nobody looks at me.” A deep jealousy that comes to every mother when the daughter becomes young and beautiful. It happens to every mother, but it is inside.

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Making Mistakes

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You may think that the worst mistake someone could make is repeating the same mistakes over and over. Well, you’re wrong. There’s something even worse: being afraid of making any mistake at all! Here are 5 important reasons why you should let go and understand that making mistakes sometimes is absolutely normal:

1) You let opportunities pass you by.

Being afraid of making mistakes means that you hesitate when it comes to do something different. That’s why you are always hidden in your comfort zone. However you need to understand that this fear prevents you from becoming a better person or from achieving something you really want. It might be the most simple thing in the world, such as changing your bedroom’s colour. All it takes is a decision.

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12 Pieces of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life

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1. Live with compassion

Compassion is one of the most revered qualities in Buddhism and great compassion is a sign of a highly realized human being.

Compassion doesn’t just help the world at large, and it isn’t just about the fact that it’s the right thing to do. Compassion, and seeking to understand those around you, can transform your life for a number of reasons.

First, self-compassion is altogether critical towards finding peace within yourself. By learning to forgive yourself and accepting that you’re human you can heal deep wounds bring yourself back from difficult challenges.

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9 Behaviors that Push People Away From You

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Ever since the act of communication exists people are trying to become better and better at it. In the past we used to understand each other with body language, further in time languages developed, and now we got to the point where technology-based communication took over. But thousands of centuries have passed and people still haven’t found the way to get along with each other. One of the reasons for this is that our behaviors pretty often tend to be confusing which can result is nerve-racking arguments or losing friends. People are different and there is no way for everyone to get along with everyone else. But sometimes we act in a wicked manner without even realizing it, or the consequences of it which can easily drift people away from us.

So here is a list of 9 behaviors that can push people away from you.

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7 Ways to Change Your Attitude When You Can’t Change Anything Else

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By Marc and Angel

Sometimes changing your circumstances isn’t possible – or simply not possible soon enough.  You can’t get to a new job in an instant.  You can’t make someone else change against his or her will.  And you certainly can’t erase the past.  So what options do you have left?

Change your perception, belief or opinion about your circumstances.  Doing so will help you change your attitude and ultimately allow you to grow beyond the struggles you can’t control.

The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it perfectly more than 2,000 years ago: “People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things.  When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions.”

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