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Let Go of Cleansing/Detoxing by Kim Lewis

I am done with cleansing/detoxing, and let me tell you why… Since I was a young girl I was shackled by the desire to be thin and beautiful. I thought that if I looked a certain way, that I would be loved more, and that I would love myself more. I dieted, restricted calories, exercised, but I always failed… even when I lost weight and felt great for a while, the negativity would creep back in. You are not good enough… No one loves you…. You have nothing to offer the world…. No matter my size, I was still consumed with these feelings, and a huge chunk of my life was mentally and emotionally hijacked by this negative self talk....

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Four Ways to Take Control of Your Happiness by Annabelle Clarke

1. Write A Diary I advise a lot of people I work with to do this, as it can be a practical and physical way to become more aware of how you are feeling and how your day was. I don't mean like an exhaustive diary a teenager may write, but sit down for ten minutes and just write. Don't worry about spelling or grammar, there is not right or wrong. Allowing yourself to freely write can help you clarify your thoughts and feelings, become in touch with your inner voice, know yourself better, reduce negative feelings by letting go of them and it can help resolve problems by allowing you to get clarity as you write rather than leaving...

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How Yoga Can Help with Trauma Recovery, Part I by Lisa Danylchuk

You may have heard of yoga being taught in schools, prisons, and as part of addiction and recovery programs and wondered: how does making strange shapes with your body help you heal? As yoga becomes the subject of more scientific study, we are developing a deeper understanding of why it is so beneficial in restoring and maintaining mental and emotional health. As both a yoga teacher and a trauma therapist, I see clearly how trauma treatment and yogic practices connect and complement each other. Here are three important ways yoga can help with trauma recovery. Balancing the Nervous System Many current theories of trauma focus on the function of the nervous system, its desire to protect us, and its propensity...

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Completing The Sky: 10 Ways To Turn Oppression Into Opportunity by Julie Schoen

Looking closely at the world can be overwhelming. While I'm a firm believer that love always wins and that there is more good in the world than bad, it's those bad things that catch your attention. Humans by nature seek the bad, we're drawn to it, magnetized by the shock, horror, and disgust it leaves behind. This horrible, but human, fact is why I believe so many wonderful human beings decide to turn their heads. Collectively, many good people have begun to shield themselves from the news, deciding that their energy is better spent focusing on positive things going on in the world. And while I wholeheartedly agree that too many people are too absorbed with negativity, it is important...

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How Can I Be Happier? My Number One Question Answered

By Annabelle Clarke I am often asked about what it takes to feel happy and whether yoga or mindfulness will help. This is a topic of huge interest to me, I find myself getting lost in books, podcasts and articles all about what it means to be happy. Firstly, I want to explain what I mean by happy and to do this I need to separate the difference between happiness and pleasure. Pleasure comes from external things, clothes, holidays, ice cream etc. Whereas, happiness is internal and it stays there quietly in all sorts of different situations and through all sorts of different emotions. I think what we're all striving for is happiness, and the problem is that we are...

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