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172 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

what your repulsions have to say about you

What repels you? Nosy neighbors. Organized religion? Bohemia? Modern design or gold-gilded embellishments? Knowing what does not work for you is a powerful tool for creating more of what does work for you. Measuring positive feelings against negative feelings is one of the constructive ways to use comparison, and it’s a great way to tune into our deeper truth. Write down 10 things that creep you out, turn you off, or drive you nuts. Then ask yourself why it bugs you? Is it a past association, an unexamined story that you’ve been telling yourself, an... read more

Confidence vs. blind faith: rock 'em both.

confidence : Is earned. No exceptions. There are NO short cuts to initiation. Ever. It’s law. You can do it quick n’ dirty, (think: near death experiences, starter marriages done at the Lusty Lady Chapel in Vegas, trauma and tragedy, the 1999 dot com boom, winning the lottery.) Or you can do it slow, like, over life times kind of slow. But confidence is the result of insight and insight comes from experiencing things on a very deep level. : Confidence is an arrow ommming to the target. Ommm. Spwack! Bull’s eye. : Confidence has a past. She has... read more

Your permission slip from the universe.

I’ve got the Goddess of Permission on speed dial and she was thrilled to oblige with this sweeping list of acts of self expression and liberation. We can draw on it whenever we need. Come back often. Build on it. The Permission Goddess sends kisses and high-fives. you have permission to : not finish reading books that you’re not really enjoying. Don’t force it, close it. : walk out of movies that suck (and hey, if you leave in the first twenty minutes, you can get your money back.) : let it go to voicemail (especially during dinner, or... read more

How Much Do You Weigh?

Sheila Daniels, by permission I had lunch recently with a group of friends, all highly accomplished and creative women. The discussion zipped along in fascinating directions, that is, until we were given menus. Although most entrées were described by what had been subtracted—low-fat, vegan, dairy-free—that didn’t stop my friends from gasping about what they’d like to order, but wouldn’t unless they wanted to be “bad.” In this case, “bad” meant consuming actual food like potatoes. Enough already. There’s far too much energy expended on diets... read more

7 tiny big life shifters

The past few years have been about deep healing for me – bod’, psyche, bank account, relationships…relating…creating. Change can be radical but the steps to healing are usually small >> sequential >> interconnected. This is how some of it came together for me. I: 1. Let go of my “check-my-email-in-the-morning-guilt.” Screw it. I LIKE to check my email first thing in the morning. It doesn’t mean that I’m a distracted workaholic, it means I’m an excited Creative who loves her friends and new friends and what she does with her day…life >> this actually... read more

Got boundaries? Got class?

  e·qua·nim·i·ty –noun mental or emotional stability or composure, esp. under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium. Origin: aequ, even, plain, equal + anim, mind, spirit, feelings Synonyms: serenity, self-possession, aplomb. Antonyms: panic, disquiet, discomposure, agitation. GOT BOUNDARIES? Self respect. Not suffering fools. Not throwing pearls before swine. Being seen, heard, felt. Speaking up for yourself. Original Voice. Radical self care. Authenticity. Self-soothing. Practice. Ritual. Honouring your needs so you... read more

how to make the most of being toast: embracing burnout

“AND THEN SHE CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD. IF HE WAS FIRE, SHE MUST BE WOOD.” - Joan of Arc, by Leonard Cohen (the most gorgeous version of which is sung by Jennifer Warnes) I admit it: I’m burned out. Fried. Toasted. But this time, there’s something satisfying and tasty about being…roasted by the life I’ve chosen. I’m reveling in it. Rather than the usual “How’d I let this happen?, or, I’m weak, or, I should take better care of myself…” admonishments (from myself and others,) I’m curling up to my tenderized being and I’m really... read more

7 things I know about active letting go. (sure beats waiting.)

Note: “active letting go” is not to be mistaken for “passive letting go”, whereby life rips stuff out of your grip, or you paint yourself into a corner, or things get so heavy they stop you in your tracks and you have to ditch them just to carry on. Active letting go is a little more…pro-active. It’s a practice. It’s awake. It’s somewhat delightful (except for the agony of it.) 7 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT ACTIVE LETTING GO: 1. There’s always more to let go of. It’s endless and it’s beautiful because it’s endless. Just surrender to the endlessness of... read more

Crossing Tracks

Crossing Tracks with Skater Boy By Amber J. KeyserWeb Exclusive - February 11, 2008  Snow fell softly. I was cross-country skiing on the Virginia Meissner Trail at Mt. Bachelor, one of North America's premier skiing destinations. Gliding along in a steady rhythm, I was elated, gleeful even, and very peaceful because my two-year-old daughter was fast asleep in the sled I pulled behind me. Other skiers passed me and smiled at my dozing, bundled girl, only her eyes and nose exposed. "That's a helluva way to ride," said one, perhaps impressed that my idea of extreme sport... read more

Saying yes to your dream: Frank Gehry + devotion.

Even great artists sell out. Sometimes it happens post fame and fortune. Other times, as in the case of architect Frank Gehry, you sell your soul in the beginning of your career, on what you hope is your way up. It’s better to sell out early, if only because time is merciful and you can blame so much on youth and learning curves. You have time to recover and re-invent. It’s exceedingly harder to redeem yourself once you’ve let your hit song be used for a burger commercial, or you’ve turned your personal touch into a factory franchise. So for all of you... read more

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