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Cultivating Gratitude

“Gratitude is the open door to abundance.” Yogi Bhajan Our human brains, specifically the amygdala and the hippocampus, are designed to remember negative or “dangerous” incidents and interactions. Back in the day, it was more important that you notice the rattlesnake...

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Reflection

As we continue on our individual personal journeys, periods of action are ideally followed by periods of reflection. However, there are many kinds of reflection – some more helpful than others. Sitting and reflecting in meditation can be a positive activity, but can...

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Exploring Values

Exploring our values and beliefs in the present day is an integral part of a journey to authenticity. Being able to clearly see what our individual values are helps us to be able to make solid decisions in our lives. From this knowing, we might create a more genuine...

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Shifting Perceptions of Reality

“It is not what happens to us that matters as much as our perception of what happens to us.” ~ Epictetus Each person’s experience of reality differs based on his or her experiences in life leading to the present moment. That is why four people witnessing the same...

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Trust: Of Self and Others

Honesty, truth, trust . . . These traits all come together in us in some way. Like pieces in a puzzle, they link together creating an image of who we are and how we view the people and events around us. As children, if we were, for instance, frightened by loud...

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Seeking Truth

“That which is false troubles the heart, but the truth brings joyous tranquility.” ~ Rumi In the hurry-up world we live in, truth can be a multi-layered concept: My truth, your truth, their truth. And all of these can be truths based on a Merriam-Webster definition of...

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Honesty

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. “ Fyodor Dostoyevsky Level II in the Integrity Recovery Workbook (IRW) focuses on...

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Awareness

“I think the key to transforming your life is to be aware of who you are.” ~ Deepak Chopra Following up on the discussion on ‘survival charades’, a lot of us have spent most of our lives being someone that we aren’t, and so we do not have awareness of who we actually...

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Survival Charades and How They Interfere with Authenticity

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ~ May Sarton Addiction, depression, and anxiety are both cause and effect of inauthentic living, as are all sorts of survival charades. According to The Integrity Recovery...

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