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Your Life Just Got  Better. From Cleaning Clutter to Getting A Soul.
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50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand

50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
We all want to feel moved, and then to use that to create joy, passion, and purpose. If you’ve been feeling stuck, these ideas may help you find inspiration.

 

“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty

to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

 

Though it can look different for all of us, I suspect this is the feeling we wait for in life: a sense that there’s boundless beauty out there and we have the capacity to feel, channel, explore, and express it.

 

 

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An Exercise For Befriending Yourself

An Exercise For Befriending Yourself | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Many of us don't have healthy relationships with ourselves. Here's a practice to help you cultivate self-kindness.

 

Befriending yourself may not seem easy or natural to you right now. But it is important, and it is possible. There are many practices you can engage in to help you build a healthier relationship with yourself.

 

In the book 31 Words to Create a Guilt-Free Life: Finding the Freedom to Be Your Most Powerful Self editor Karen Bouris shares an excellent 3-step exercise for practicing kindness and befriending ourselves.

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How to Free Your Mind: 15 Decluttering Tips

How to Free Your Mind: 15 Decluttering Tips | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds"  -Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

The world of stresses, worries, errands, projects, noise that we must all endure inflicts upon us a mind full of clutter and chaos.

A mind that sometimes cannot find the calm that we so desperately seek. If anything needs decluttering, it’s our minds, I think — but it’s also a daunting task. How do you declutter a mind? It’s not as if thoughts are just laying around, waiting for you to pick through them, finding the ones that should be kept and those that are ripe for the donation box. The mind isn’t like an inbox, that can be sorted through and acted upon.

 

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Moreen Torpy's curator insight, December 19, 2013 11:59 AM

De-cluttering and organizing our thoughts is part of the big organizing picture. What do you think?

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We All Need Alone Time: Do You Allow Yourself to Recharge?

We All Need Alone Time: Do You Allow Yourself to Recharge? | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
We all need time to recharge. Alone time can be good for us in other ways, too. When we're alone, we can better get to know ourselves and our values.

 

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.” ~Marcus Aurelius

 

At the end of August I moved to Madison, Wisconsin. This was my second major move in a year.

In both cases, I was separated from almost my entire prior social network. After college, making friends seems like a totally different ball game.

 

Here in Madison, I wake up before five in the morning to go to work and don’t get back until six or seven on most days of the week. This leaves me feeling exhausted, but it hasn’t stopped me from going out and socializing fairly often...

 

In many cases, too often...

 

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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.

 

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.


Plato said that all learning has some emotional basis, and he may be right. The way we interact with and regulate our emotions has repercussions in nearly every aspect of our lives. To put it in colloquial terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is like "street smarts," as opposed to "book smarts," and it's what accounts for a great deal of one's ability to navigate life effectively.

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How to Fill the Emptiness in Your Life

How to Fill the Emptiness in Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
It is often mistaken as unhappiness, fatigue, depression, or being stuck in a rut. It's an emptiness that tells us something's missing. Sound familiar?

 

“Find your Calcutta.” ~Mother Teresa

Something is missing in your life, isn’t it?

You’re working hard, trying to get ahead, doing everything you possibly can to make life just a little bit better. You’re trying to keep it all balanced, though. You won’t be one of those people who commits every waking second to work and the pursuit of career.


Not you. You’ve got it figured out. You even make time to exercise, eat right, meditate, or maybe spend time with friends and family.

You’ve got it all figured out—except for that one stupid thing that keeps tugging at your heart. You don’t really know what it is, but it is there, and it is driving you a little crazy.

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5 Powerful Ways To Change Your Wealth Programming And Create A New Vibration About Money

5 Powerful Ways To Change Your Wealth Programming And Create A New Vibration About Money | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Do you feel that no matter what you do, your financial situation doesn't improve? Take these five steps to change your wealth programming.

 

Working with thousands of professional women in the past ten years around building more success, wealth, and reward, I’ve seen firsthand that it is our subconscious beliefs that often work against us – setting up hidden obstacles in the way of achieving what we consciously “think” we want, and blocking the path to our highest potential.  Thousands of people today, despite all their best efforts to succeed, grow, and thrive, end up failing financially, feeling hopeless and clueless about what to do differently to bring about a better outcome.  As a trained therapist, energy healer and coach (and in my own personal life), I’ve seen that when we can release our subconscious and energetic blocks to greater success, wealth, power, and self-trust, true transformation is possible.

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You’re Not Behind; You’re Just on Your Own Path

You’re Not Behind; You’re Just on Your Own Path | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Celebrate the path of others but most importantly, celebrate your own path. You may think you're "behind" in life, but...

 

“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” ~Sven Goran Eriksson


Endlessly comparing ourselves to others, idealizing their best qualities while underestimating our own are self defeating thought patterns, and they hurt our self-esteem. Yet in the competitive nature of our world, many of us do this.


As a result of my own self-defeating thoughts, throughout my life, I’ve repeatedly felt like I was five years behind where I “should” be.

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5 Gut Instincts You Don’t Want to Ignore

5 Gut Instincts You Don’t Want to Ignore | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Let's try to find our way back to our basic instincts; and here are just a few punches in the gut we shouldn't ignore.

 

Instincts are not some weird mystical power that are only found in the animal kingdom.

 

Gut instincts are defined as:  an innate, typically fixed pattern of behaviour in animals in response to certain stimuli.

We are born with instincts to help us survive.  As much as we may pretend we are not, we are very much animals; why do we try to deny this?

 

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8 Ways to Stop Hurting Your Happiness

8 Ways to Stop Hurting Your Happiness | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

―Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

 

It takes no more time to see the good side of life and act upon it than it does to see the bad side and trip over it. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your thinking. If you know you’re on the wrong track right now, take a deep breath. It’s OK. Sometimes you have to be wrong before you can be right.

 

The road of life is rarely smooth. It’s easy to stumble and fall and hurt yourself. But these bumps and bruises are a necessary part of your growth – you fall down, you learn something, and then you brush yourself off and move forward.

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What the Dead Have to Do With the Living

What the Dead Have to Do With the Living | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

The living should remember the dead to seek inspiration and pay homage. Such rituals help improve oneself by being thankful to all ancestors and loved ones.

 

You must be wondering that I always write aboutlife and living, then why all of a sudden I’m writing about death and the dead in my post.


Well, today’s post is to touch upon a deeper issue, to remember the saints, martyrs, and your departed loved ones.

 

 

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4 Totally Surprising Life Lessons We All Need To Learn

4 Totally Surprising Life Lessons We All Need To Learn | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

By Brené Brown "As unique as we all are, an awful lot of us want the same things." We want to shake up our current less-than-fulfilling lives. We want to be happier, more loving, forgiving and connected with the people around us. So... we make decisions ("I'm going to hang out with happy people!"); we give ourselves lectures ("If you'd just stop feeling guilty, you'd able to do what you want); and we strive for markers of that accomplishment ("Just go to the completely intimidating party and meet one person!").

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Change My Bad Habits's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:17 AM

Great Life lessons for those that are striving to make a change in their lives

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Silencing Your Inner Critic: You Don’t Need to Torture Yourself to Grow

Silencing Your Inner Critic: You Don’t Need to Torture Yourself to Grow | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
We don't need to torture ourselves to grow. We can tame our inner critic, be gentle with ourselves, and still learn and grow every day.

 

“You yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha


I was tortured by self-hatred for most of my life.

There were aspects of myself that I had a hard time loving. I didn’t like that I am competitive, that I was not a blonde with blue eyes, that I am not good at math or managing money.


I did everything I could to hide these things. I was over-caring, over-helping, and over-accommodating others...

 
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7 Traits of Magical People.

7 Traits of Magical People. | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

1. You know you’re magic.

 

This is the big one. In their heart of hearts, everyone is magic. But most folks just don’t know it. It’s very sad, and it’s not their fault. They’ve had the awareness beaten out of them one way or another. Our society in general is very anti-magic.

 

Magic people always have a mission. And part of that mission is to help folks still stuck in the clay (that’s my way catchy of saying “folks still stuck in naive materialism and unaware of their innate magic-ness”) understand that magic is real and within them, too.

 

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How Unconscious Thought and Perception Affect Our Every Waking Moment

How Unconscious Thought and Perception Affect Our Every Waking Moment | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
Unconscious impulses and desires impel what we think and do in ways Freud never dreamed of

 

When psychologists try to understand the way our mind works, they frequently come to a conclusion that may seem startling: people often make decisions without having given them much thought—or, more precisely, before they have thought about them consciously. When we decide how to vote, what to buy, where to go on vacation and myriad other things, unconscious thoughts that we are not even aware of typically play a big role. Research has recently brought to light just how profoundly our unconscious mind shapes our day-to-day interactions.

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The Gift Of Receiving

The Gift Of Receiving | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"There are many articles written about the benefits of giving, the power of giving, the gift of giving."

 

We are constantly told that it is better to give than to receive. And we have come to accept that giving is right and receiving is wrong, that giving is strong and taking is weak.


But life is not structured that way. It is about not only giving but circular motion, ebb and flow, give and take.


Life is not only about giving but learning the gift of receiving. And as we have worked to become the best givers, we have shut ourselves off from receiving.

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Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your Brain

Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your Brain | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
New research looks at how experiences can positively shift our self-perception.

 

I  often hear people say, "I'm the kind of person who…" or, "I'm not a people person.” These seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggest they’re resigned to not changing their self-perception—regardless if it’s inaccurate or self-defeating. My longtime colleague, Dr. Richard Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has studied neuroplasticity, the ability of the mind to change throughout life.

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Tom George's curator insight, December 13, 2013 4:50 PM

I believe this study to be very significant and true. From my personal experiences, one must break free from the repetetive negative experiences in order to transition to a much better way of thinking.

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15 Ways to Lead a New Life You Love

15 Ways to Lead a New Life You Love | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

Do you want to surf a wave, learn a language or write a book? It’s never to late to become the person you’ve always dreamed you could be.

 

The reality is that you can be anyone or do anything you desire. You already have all of the tools; you just need to dust off the toolbox and get to work.

 

That’s what this article is going to do. It’s going to give you a blueprint for making the changes you’ve always dreamed of.

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Feeling Anxious? Why Trying To "Keep Calm" Is A Terrible Idea

Feeling Anxious? Why Trying To "Keep Calm" Is A Terrible Idea | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

 "Don't keep calm and carry on. Instead of fighting your body's natural reaction to anxiety embrace your amped-up state and reframe your anxiety as Excitement. Here's how..."

 

 

A strange sign has found its way to walls across our country: Keep Calm And Carry On, a World War II-era Britishism that's become a brightly colored, boldly fonted, and mostly misguided placard of staying cool under pressure. Mainly because it totally misses the way emotions work.

 

"People seem to have this very strong intuition when they feel anxious to try and 'calm down,'" says Alison Wood Brooks, a professor of business administration at Harvard. "But it's actually very, very difficult to do successfully, particularly when leading up to very anxiety-inducing tasks, [like public speaking, a job interview, or singing in front of people]."

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What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being

What The 1960s Got Right About Health, Happiness And Well-Being | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"When we think about the 60s, we might conjure up a decade when chain-smoking and two-martini lunches were still in vogue. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, we may think of a time defined by acid-dropping, free-loving counterculture. But however you look at it, the decade of the cultural revolution was a time when our ideas about health, wellness and happiness were radically changing."

 

In some ways, the spirit of the 1960s counterculture has made a resurgence today: We've arguably returned to a time when many are questioning the value of ourrelentless pursuit of "success" (and the stress that comes along with it), asking whether our hard-driving lifestyles are causing us to miss out on some of the important things in life. Interest in yoga, meditation and Eastern spirituality -- which were all originally popularized in the West during the 60s -- have also peaked in recent years, becoming ingrained in our cultural lexicon and American lifestyles.

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7 Ways To Practice Unconditional Love That Will Change Your Life

7 Ways To Practice Unconditional Love That Will Change Your Life | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it


“Love… What is love? Love is to love someone for who they are, who they were, and who they will be.” Chris Moore

Today, it seems, we have an incredible amount of expectation of one another. The idea of unconditional love seems to have fallen by the wayside, as more and more of us want love, but are ill-prepared to give or even receive it.

To love someone under any circumstance is a true test of unconditional loving, and although it may seem simple, it is probably one of the toughest attributes to possess. This kind of love requires an unconditional love of yourself first, so you can have the strength of heart and mind to give the same to another human being. This is where we fall down. Within our society there seems to be so much pressure to be perfect that to love ourselves has become a pretty hard task to achieve, but it is the key to total, unconditional love of all others.

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Why Introverts Might Rule The World

Why Introverts Might Rule The World | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi 

 

Recent research reveals that today’s workplace may be more suited to introverted, quiet leaders. Ray Williams, writing for Psychology Today, suggests, “The workplace is populated by increasing numbers of intelligent, knowledge workers, frequently in self-managing teams, particularly those of Generation Y. Many of these workers don’t see themselves as passive employees waiting for orders nor do they want to be controlled by an egocentric extroverted leader.”


Recent research by Francesca Gino of Harvard University and David Hoffman of the University of North Carolina, reveals introverted and extroverted leadership styles can be equally effective, but with different kinds of employees.

 

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Becoming an Archaeologist of Joy

Becoming an Archaeologist of Joy | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it

"When you change one thing, one habit, your whole life changes. Patterns renew and re-chemicalize to meet the new habit "

 

In November 2012, in a Seattle Starbucks, I painted a Starbucks cup as fast as I could for fun. And, it was. In fact, it was so fun I wondered where I’d been all my life?


When did the daily stack o’ tasks eclipse the daily joys that used to be fact in my life? It was time to investigate. I pulled out some journals from the past 10 years. Sure enough, task lists, planning, thinking, strategizing time, envisioning outcomes. And though there were a few reflections on writers, artists, films that inspired me and why.  75% was similar to a battle sergeant’s preparation for war.

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25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting

25 Easy Ways to Make Your Life More Interesting | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
It's easy to get trapped in a humdrum routine. Shake things up with one or more of these simple activities, lessons, experiments, and adventures.

 

Variety is more than just the spice of life; it expands our experience and makes our lives more fulfilling. Unfortunately, many of us are bound to tight, overwhelming schedules that leave little room for novelty or adventure. The good news is that making your life more interesting is easy if you are willing to make small departures from the norm. Here are 25 simple ways you can make your life more interesting — starting today. 

 

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How to Detox Your Mind: 4 Lessons on How to Stop Overthinking

How to Detox Your Mind: 4 Lessons on How to Stop Overthinking | DAILY NEW REALITY | Scoop.it
From listening to everyday people to personal development authors to hearing an instructional video on how to do better blogs -- I took charge of what went into my head and made a choice to fill it with positive thoughts.

 

We talk a lot these days about how to detox our body but not much about how to detox the mind. And it's the overthinking mind full of chaos that holds us back from moving forward in life. It's the overthinking mind that makes us feel anxious and worried about the future. It's the overthinking mind that we need to better control in order to stop worrying and start living...

 

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