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Do You Want To Raise A Kind Child? Here’s How

We as parents know from experience that in the big picture of life, kindness and happiness are closely linked. Kids, however, do not have the life experience to see this big picture. In their life with friends or at school, retaliating against the kid who teased them often seems like the better choice. The more

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A starter guide for Shadow Work that actually works

Via Ivy Rose Latchford writes: From what I was reading at the time, most people felt that the shadow included the worst parts of ourselves, and in order to be successful, the seekers would need to integrate these characteristics into their personality. This didn’t really make sense to me. Why would I want to integrate

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What’s better than the cold comfort of cliches for the hurting?

There’s something about being heartbroken that makes other people deeply uncomfortable. It’s not just the excess of emotions; often, it’s a feeling of being helpless and unable to make the heartbroken person feel the slightest bit better. So what do we do when we are faced with someone’s grief? Why, we pull out a few

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What almost dying taught Tracy White about living

I thought I was leading the “right life”—prestigious college, fancy job in New York City, kind husband, happy child, good friends, nice house…then I got incurable cancer. The doctor thought I had 15 months to get my affairs in order. When bad stuff happens to us, even the most enlightened can’t help but ask, “Why

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Lucid dreaming and dream yoga for healing

We’re accustomed to deepening our personal growth journeys during our “waking hours”… Yet, what if your dreamtime could become a type of night school — a spiritual laboratory where you could raise your consciousness, heal from your past, and even practice learning new skills? Lucid dreaming is being “awake” and aware that you’re dreaming when

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10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Relationship

Our relationship with our significant other is what motivates us to get up each day, go to work and come back home at the end of the day. And yet, our relationship often is what we ignore; we allow other, less important parts of our life, to come to the forefront and push the relationship

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The opportunity to fail–the best gift we can give our children

Mo Issa writes: My parents gave me love, and lots of it, but often faltered in giving me direction. However, the best gift they gave me was the opportunity to fail, and then learn from those failures. That opportunity not only made me stronger, but also instilled in me a sense of responsibility and independence

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Surviving the holidays after we’ve broken up with our mothers.

This article is by Justin Haley Phillips and centers on a woman’s view, but I know from personal experience that men sometimes have to break up with their mothers too. If a parent is so toxic that you can no longer have contact, then you must distance yourself, female or male. –Thomas Ramey Watson Phillips

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How To ‘Break Up’ With A Narcissistic Parent

“Realizing and accepting that you have one or more narcissistic parents is a long and intensely painful road,” Julie L. Hall told HuffPost. “That’s because children, even adult children, continue to desire love and approval, often against all reason.” Ultimately, asserting low or no contact with a narcissist parent can be a healthy, liberating choice.

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