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The Dark Side Of Self Sacrifice: How It Affects Your Health

Sacrifice took root in human society centuries ago in our earliest days. Self sacrifice did as well. Our early ancestors used sacrifice to make offerings to the gods as a form of protection against forces that were unpredictable, that they did not understand and that they could not control. Consider it an early form of…

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Can You Be Fierce And Sensitive?

As a sensitive person do you ever feel fierce inside and think that those feelings are inconsistent with being sensitive? Do those fierce feelings conflict with the empathetic part of you? What Does it Mean To Be Fierce? Fierceness is very natural. It occurs in nature all of the time. All you have to do…

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What Accountability Can Miss

I think that accountability misses a lot. For so long it has been touted as important. Don’t misunderstand me, I am all for responsibility. My question is: why, if we are so into accountability, do we live in a world that is such a mess? Even the most developed countries have a problem. It suggests that we need…

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Duality And The Mastery Of The Exquisite

  Duality is something that many of us embrace as a way to develop perceptual sophistication. You know… …love vs. hate… …light vs. dark… …yin vs. yang… …good vs. bad… …masculine vs. feminine… It’s a start! Duality Can Be Like Fool’s Gold Discovering duality can be exciting. It is a way to start to grapple…

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Surprise Anxiety Relief For Sensitive People

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I love stories. They often take us by the hand and point out something obvious, something we couldn’t see just because we were so close to it. This time, I want to talk about a true story shared by the great psychologist Rollo May. It appears in his book The Courage to Create and talks…

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Breaking The Failure Taboo

Failure is something that many of us if not all of us have been taught to be afraid of. Unfortunately, failure is a big subject and perceptions about failure are not necessarily innocent. Fear of failure causes so many people to hide and makes them afraid to be themselves. What a loss! Why Failure Is…

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The Hidden Danger Of Beliefs

Beliefs have a long and troubling history. There is more anguish and heartache created by beliefs than probably anything else. So why do we have them and why do they persist? Take A Step Back In Time When an event occurs, we come up with an explanation. Explanations can be true or not. They may be validated…

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The Mistake Of Identity

  Identity is an anchor in most of our lives. It is usually derived from a combination of our own experiences, our family and school feedback and our culture. Identities can feel wonderful if we have positive feedback or it can feel like a ball and chain if we do not. The more important question…

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Sensitive People’s Inverted Hierarchy Of Needs

A few months back, I attended a talk by Dave Markowitz, the author of Self-Care For The Self-Aware, in the events room of a metaphysical bookstore filled with highly sensitive people and empaths looking for insights and help. The energy in the room was electric. As it often happens when I attend a group event…

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Walls Do Not Make Us Safe

More and more walls are rising in our world. All sorts of walls: brick, stone, identity, geographical, ideological, and economic. There there are social barriers of race, sex and physical abilities. Roles and social affiliations are other forms of demarcation. So are rules. We often can’t live with them and we cannot live without them. Why We Have…

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