10 Clever Ways to Deal with the Ups and Downs of Life

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“I think everybody has ups and downs in their lives. We learn from the biggest disappointments, right? You learn how to be humble to yourself and to be humble to others.” ~ Carolina Kostner

You know, lately I have been feeling very strange. Strange in the sense that one moment I’m up, flying high as a kite, feeling ecstatic, grateful and full of love. While the next moment I am down, feeling all fearful and anxious, as if something horrible had happened, or is about to happen. 

And I have to confess that I’ve learned a lot from these ups and downs and that’s why I decided to write this blog post. What follows are 10 clever ways to deal with the ups and down of life.

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7 Ways to Know When Your Mind is Trying to Control Your Life

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“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our mind is a funny thing. On the one hand, it’s awesome. But on the other, it can pulverize us more quickly and ruthlessly than anything else.

Our mind is inherently scared. That’s its job, to be cautious; to keep us alive, to have us cross roads safely, and not get eaten by a lion. But left unchecked, it can become paralyzed with fear and meaner than a cornered crocodile.

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5 Effective Ways to Clear Stagnant Energy

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There is a divine haven of peace and harmony within us all somewhere – even though it may, at times, be difficult to find. It’s possible to tune into it wherever we are, whatever the circumstances, although we can make it much easier for ourselves if we create a sacred space on the outside too.

The outer world is a reflection of the inner one of course. There are invaluable things that the outside mirror can teach us. In fact, one of the surest ways to experience rapid spiritual growth, is to embrace what the outer mirror is showing us. If it looks hectic and crazy or cluttered and busy – what is that telling us about ourselves? The greatest gift we can ever give ourselves is self honesty. With honesty about what we see, the unraveling will begin all by itself.

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How to Escape the Imprisonment of Cultural Programming

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There is one truth that nobody can debate, and that is that we physically die at some point within the near future, relative to the life spans of everything else in the universe. However, it seems that many forget this fact of life and dedicate great amounts of time and energy towards icons, personalities, and ideas that are unconnected to their own day-to-day lives and do not matter in the grand scheme of things.

The intense (and sometimes violent) passion that sports fans experience as well as the immersion of oneself into the “sleazy” world of celebrities are some ways in which cultures and societies divert our thoughts away from things in life that matter the most; things which directly affect us and make lasting impressions upon our beings. By creating illusory focus points within reality for the masses to lock their awareness into, culture and those who have enough power to dictate or influence it becomes a hindrance to one’s own personal self-growth and self-actualization.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Get Out In Nature

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Nature is where we belong.  It’s no coincidence that the minute we get out to a beach, a forest, or a waterfall that we begin to feel better immediately.  Nature is more than just eye candy, it is also one of the most powerful medications on the planet.  If Big Pharma could start charging people for going out into nature, I’m sure they would.  Here are 10 reasons why you should get outside! (after you read this of course..)

1.  Nature improves lung and heart health. In a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers found that people experienced more deaths from heart disease and respiratory disease when they lived in areas where trees had disappeared.7 CONTINUE READING »


10 Life Changes You Can’t Avoid on the Path to Awakening

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If you are reading this, then you are well on your way on a path of Awakening. Although, everyone experiences their own unique and individual paths of awakening, there are many common elements we all share…

We all begin to see the World differently than we did before. As we start to seek for the truth, we see through the veils of illusion in our society, governments and mainstream institutions. The downfalls of consumerism and materialism become glaringly obvious and we realize we must take responsibility for the lives we live, the choice becomes clear.

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How to Stop Saying “Yes” When You Want to Say “No”

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“Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself” ~Sonya Parker

I am a sucker for saying “yes.”

Sometimes I even find myself thinking “no, no, no, no” and then I blurt out “yes.”

Why is it so difficult to say the word “no”? It’s just a word, right?

After feeling trapped for some time by my excessive urge to be agreeable, it got me thinking.

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Mainstream Media FINALLY Discusses Dangers of Fluoride and Other Toxins

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Independent studies from scientists around the world have been screaming out for years about the poisons we’re exposed to on a daily basis. But those screams have largely fallen on deaf ears. The toxic substances we come in contact with in our day to day lives are slowly poisoning us, and naturopaths, homeopaths, dieticians and alternative media have all been covering it and advising us on how to avoid them for many years now.

Unfortunately most people don’t go to a naturopath or a homeopath, or even bother to look for an alternative information source to mainstream media.

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20 Ways Sitting in Silence Can Completely Transform Your Life

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“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu

For over two years I spent one out of every four weeks in silence. At the time I was living at a Zen Monastery and every month we would have a week-long silent retreat.

During this retreat we sat meditation in silence, ate in silence, worked in silence, and only communicated through hand gestures and written notes.

At first living like this was hard, but over time I learned to grow to appreciate silence. By the time I left I learned that silence was my friend and teacher.

What did silence teach me?

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7 Good Reasons To Consider Calling An Earthship Home

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An earthship is a type of passive solar home made from natural and recycled materials. What’s incredible about them is how luxurious they can be, but how practical and environmentally friendly they are. These are the ideal homes to build if you want to live off the land and off the grid. Here are 10 good reasons to consider calling an earthship home.

1. Earth Ships just kinda kick ass

I mean, just look at it! Who wouldn’t want to live there. It might be made in part from garbage, but it has a pretty amazing feel. I can say for sure that I wouldn’t mind living in one of these homes.

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