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Brene Brown on joy and gratitude - YouTube

Vulnerability expert Brene Brown talks about the relationship between joy and gratitude and offers a few tips on how to cultivate more joy in your own life. ...
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More Brene Brown!  Here she talks about the connection between gratitude and joy.  What is your gratitude practice?

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Her story is pretty funny, but the lesson at the end will change the way you think about blaming.

Her story is pretty funny, but the lesson at the end will change the way you think about blaming. | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
In focus: What's really going on when we blame.
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More wonderful insights from Brene Brown.  Beautifully animated! <3

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The 5 Natural Emotions - YouTube

Find more: http://www.highexistence.com Graphical explanation of the 5 natural emotions as outlines by Neale Donald Walsch in 'Conversations with God.' Video...
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It is so important to understand, allow and nurture your emotional experiences, and yourself!  Great short video - don't you have 2 minutes right now to watch?

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Alan Watts - Choice - YouTube

Alan Watts discusses choice and the thoughts process behind it. Our choices are fundamentally what shape our character, and more importantly our life as a wh...
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The Secret to Love Is Just Kindness

The Secret to Love Is Just Kindness | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
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Here's an article about nurturing love and relationship!

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How To Detox Your Lungs After You Quit Smoking -

How To Detox Your Lungs After You Quit Smoking - | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
It turns out, there’s a lot you can do to help detox your lungs after you quit. Remember to get plenty of cardiovascular exercise too! From the video: Healthy people have pink lungs. If you smoke, your lungs are dark grey or even black. We are all aware of the dangers smoking brings, including higher …
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All kinds of minds

All kinds of minds | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
These powerful stories shatter preconceived notions about mental illness, and pose the provocative question: What can the world learn from different kinds of minds?
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18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation

18 Science-Based Reasons to Try Loving-Kindness Meditation | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
There are mantra meditations, visualization meditations, open-focus meditations, breath-based meditations and so many more. You just have to find the shoe that fits. An easy one to start with is one that evokes a very natural state in us: kindness....
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Meditation: Benefits and Step-by-Step Guide | Tragedy & Hope | The Change Starts With You

Meditation: Benefits and Step-by-Step Guide | Tragedy & Hope | The Change Starts With You | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
Recently I released a new video, on compulsive thinking and how so many of us get caught up in the thoughts of our mind, often having  adverse affects on our mental and physical health. The basic underlying message of the video was that it is necessary every once and a while, to slow down thoughts, through the...
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Excellent resource!!  This includes a video around Alan Watt's talks - "The Mind".  Are you addicted to thinking, and by extension, worrying?  I am on a slow path to recovery, but I resolve not to give up!  This guide gives benefits to mediation and good suggestions on how to do it!  Namaste and love and light,  Lisa

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The Real You - Alan Watts - YouTube

Who are you really? An amazing lecture given by Alan Watts a British philosopher, writer, and speaker. He wrote more than 25 books and numerous articles on s...
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The Pain of Separation (The Longing) - YouTube

A moving narration by Llewellyn Vaughan Lee that places "The Pain of Separation" in a very interesting perspective. Please share this important message. Than...
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This narration describes awakening from sufi teachings.  Beautifully done!!  This is the journey of love and light - we are each a note in a beautiful symphony - we feel pain and crisis of separation and emptiness - this is a calling to awaken and to make a journey into the depth of ourselves to find fullness of purpose and connection from within to the Source through self.  Namaste, Lisa

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Cardboard Stories | Homeless in Orlando - YouTube

#RethinkHomelessness asked our #homeless friends to write down a fact about themselves that other people wouldn't know just by walking past them. Their answe...
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So touching!  We need to see each other and see ourselves in others! As in the movie Avatar, I strive to live in a way that I greet people with "I see you".

I wish I could see all of you out there!  Thank you for being here!

With love and light,  Lisa

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A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma

A New Normal: Ten Things I've Learned About Trauma | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them. So, while the work of life and healing continues, here are ten things I’ve learned about trauma along the way.
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Excellent article about how we survive, move through, and change through trauma and loss.  Good to read if you are dealing with trauma and loss, or you know someone who is (you do).  

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Meditation 101: A Short, Animated Beginner’s Guide

Meditation 101: A Short, Animated Beginner’s Guide | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) created an immensely popular video animating Dr. Brené Brown’s insights on The Power of Empathy. Now, she returns with another animal-filled animation that could also put you on the right mental track.
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Wonderful, simple introduction to meditation that makes it approachable and beneficial for all.  And, their are links for free meditations to try!

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The Mind - Alan Watts - YouTube

Alan Watts speaks on worrying and compulsive thinking. Audio Courtesy of Alan Watts.org alanwatts.org Music Used: Calm Cinematic Orchestral Underscore http:/...
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Alan Watts - Acceptance of Death - YouTube

"If you are afraid of death, be afraid. The point is to get with it, to let it take over - fear, ghosts, pains, transience, dissolution, and all. And then co...
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To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
What happens if you decide that falling in love is not something that happens to you, but something that you do?
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Do you want to fall in love more?  Isn't life about risking and embracing love for ourselves and others? I strive to fall in love with someone new every day!

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It Is Now That My Life Is Mine | KarmaTube

It Is Now That My Life Is Mine | KarmaTube | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
In 2008, going through a dark patch, Hailey Bartholomew found comfort in a simple practice. Every day she took a photo of something she was grateful for. The practice yielded transformative results and led to the creation of 365grateful.com. Thousands would be inspired by it -- among them a young mother named Amy Gill. Thanks to Hailey's story, Amy would turn to gratefulness at a time of heartbreak in her own life. This film captures her beautiful spirit and story.
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Inspirational - here is a way of using gratitude to soothe and heal heartbreak...  Beautiful short 10 minute film. <3

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The Natural Warmth of the Heart -- Pema Chödrön – Lion's Roar

The Natural Warmth of the Heart -- Pema Chödrön – Lion's Roar | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
In the difficulties of your life, says Pema Chödrön, you will discover your natural love and warmth.
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Pema's sage, comforting words:  "When things fall apart and we can’t get the pieces back together, when we lose something dear to us, when the whole thing is just not working and we don’t know what to do, this is the time when the natural warmth of tenderness, the warmth of empathy and kindness, are just waiting to be uncovered, just waiting to be embraced. This is our chance to come out of our self-protecting bubble and to realize that we are never alone. This is our chance to finally understand that wherever we go, everyone we meet is essentially just like us. Our own suffering, if we turn toward it, can open us to a loving relationship with the world."

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Sangha - YouTube

Sangha - YouTube | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
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A truly wonderful meditative playlist on youtube.  Do yourself a favor and find a quiet 1/2 hour to immerse yourself in a quiet soulful place and restoration and healing.  With deep gratitude to the creator of this compilation!  Love and light,  Lisa

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7 Ways To Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself, by Michele Rosenthal

7 Ways To Change Negative Beliefs About Yourself, by Michele Rosenthal | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
We all have those moments, special memories of the day 'we began to believe...' Whether through positive or negative reinforcement, we began to form the pathways of everything we believe we are. This is the habit of the thinking mind, and changing it can be a real challenge. But, not impossible. Read more to learn how these 7 simple practices can help us disentangle from old habits and forge positive new pathways for living.
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Good article!

 

You can change your negative patterns of thought and behavior!

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10 Steps to Awakening Self-Compassion

10 Steps to Awakening Self-Compassion | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
Self-compassion involves becoming aware of the presence of suffering in our bodies, emotions, thoughts, and actions—and then taking steps to diminish the suffering. Compassion is the natural and spontaneous feeling that arises when we witness suffering, and that triggers our taking action to alleviate the suffering. While it may sound easy, practicing compassion for ourselves is the more difficult of the two. Creating a practice to integrate self-compassionate feelings into your life can heal your mind and body, and open your heart to new heights. 
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Here is a mediation to combine loving-kindness mediation with compassionate focus for one's own mind, body, emotions and spirit.  Try it!!

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The Dream Of Life - Alan Watts - YouTube

An inspiring and profound speech from the late Alan Watts. Alan Watts audio courtesy of alanwatts.org with permission Website: http://www.tragedyandhopechann...
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» 3 Practices to Calm An Anxious Mind - World of Psychology

» 3 Practices to Calm An Anxious Mind - World of Psychology | Emotional and Personal Growth | Scoop.it
Anxiety affects all of us in varying degrees. You don’t have to be diagnosed with a clinical disorder to feel its insidious or intrusive effects. Fortunately,
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This is a wonderful resource of some lovely techniques to deal with anxiety - through mindfulness and meditations. 

 

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You can practice this meditation when you’re relaxed or not so much. The authors suggest taking a comfortable position and focusing the attention to your breath. Breathe in deeply and imagine that you’re surrounded by beautiful nature. Picture the wind blowing around you.

As the authors write, “Let all of your conscious experience — sounds, sensations, thoughts, emotions, everything — become the wind. Feel all of it moving and changing, arriving, moving around and over you, and then going. Notice how the wind takes on different qualities — soft, strong, harsh, gusty, gentle. Relax as the wind blows around you. Let it come and go in all its forms. You remain here, in calmness, abiding.”

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