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Admit it… sometimes you wonder. Who are you, really? You hesitate because there’s no definitive answer. A mother, colleague, friend, agriculturist—you find many descriptions, and yet none encompass what you feel is truly, unapologetically you. So, where to look for your true self? And do you really want to discover it? “The term ‘Self-discovery’ shows us we consider our true self hidden.”  Ergo, you cannot find it in what you do nor what role you…

Most people are unaware of just how powerful their words are. The words we speak actually create what we experience in life. Powerhouse CEO, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and author May McCarthy can attest to that. In the past 34 years, May has grown six profitable companies to as large as 250 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues. She credits her success, financial abundance, and happiness to seven steps she practices every morning.…

Low self-esteem is an issue that literally ruins lives. There are studies on the consequences this particular issue can have on an individual and those range from drug abuse to child abuse. An analysis of longitudinal studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology proves that low self-esteem can cause depression–the most common mental health issue in the world. The worst thing is that there is no ‘magic cure’ for this issue. However, you can…

Working with crystals is a powerful tool for manifesting your New Year’s resolutions and intentions. As a mystic, spiritual teacher and guide for over 30 years, I am often asked, “What does it mean to set an intention?” And, “Are there any tools I can use to succeed in reaching my desired intention?” To answer these questions, we first must understand what an intention is. What is the difference between setting an intention and simply…

On my preschool report card, I got a check mark saying that I needed to work on cutting along the lines. To the teacher, I was going too fast and didn’t have the patience to carefully maneuver the scissors. Fast-forward to middle school, where I had to stay after school to finish my sewing project. Why? Because I couldn’t match up the moving needle to the pattern. From the instructor’s view, I was another student…

The modern workplace is always a smorgasbord of personalities. In any given office, there are those quirky, outgoing, and exuberant employees, while on the other side of the spectrum are people who prefer going about their day in a low-key fashion, peacefully but very expertly accomplishing tasks. The latter is what people will often profile as introverts. It’s a sad truth that these individuals are often stereotyped as lonesome and aloof, but these misconstructions cannot…

Stress is a major distraction in your life. When you are worried, and you carry a huge burden on your back, your work and relationships suffer. Your body answers with physiological and psychological changes to stress. Your mood and behavior are different, but so are the cognitive functions of your brain. When people are under stress, they might experience increased blood pressure, headaches, muscle tension, sweating, pain in the stomach and neck, an abnormally rapid heart…

“If the only prayer you ever say is Thank You, that will be enough.” – Eckhart Tolle Another year is almost gone with good and bad, ups and downs – part of life, isn’t it? It’s time for a brand new year soon – a time when it is common to translate our hopes, wants, and dreams into new year resolutions. That is great and, by staying engaged and committed, keeping a positive vision of whatever we…

Deep down, most people think that happiness comes from having or doing something. In Alan Watts’s groundbreaking second book (originally published in 1940), he offers a more challenging thesis: authentic happiness comes from embracing life as a whole in all its contradictions and paradoxes, an attitude that Watts calls the “way of acceptance.” Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and analytic psychology, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us…

Who am I? Who can escape this question unscathed? Oftentimes, we limit who we are out of fear—out of fear of what others will think, or feel, or how they’ll react—out of fear of what it would be like to be free. We place the lid on our dreams because maybe they’re “too difficult” or they overwhelm us. Our dreams make us feel small and impotent, so we shut them down. When we face ourselves in…