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Month: March 2018

What’s the Secret Formula for Radical Joy?

I’ve been reflecting on “radical joy” — the meaning, the feeling, and how to awaken it —since I received a shamanic healing from my friend Jill Walton a few days ago.  Jill told me, “Go for radical joy.”

So what is radical joy and how do you go for it?

Today, I’ll share the insights that have emerged for me.  Perhaps my insights will resonate for you or maybe you’ll want to contemplate the meaning and path to radical joy for yourself.  Ready?

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How to Spend Less, Save More, and Reclaim Your Joy

Year of Less by Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders radically simplified her life in the space of 12 months and recounts the process in her recently released memoir, The Year of Less:  How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered that Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store.

By living on an average of 51% of her income, Flanders saved $17,000 and used another $10,000 for personal travel during the year.  She also purged 70% of her belongings.  Impressive, don’t you think?

But The Year of Less is about so much more than simple living.  It’s about facing yourself and your demons, and in so doing finding the courage to create a healthier and happier life.

During her self-imposed shopping ban, which allowed her to buy consumables and replacements only, Flanders came face-to-face with her addictions, especially during periods when her life suddenly turned upside down.

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How to Soothe the Pain of Betrayal

How to soothe the pain of betrayal

Almost everyone faces betrayal during their lifetime, usually several times over.

Betrayal might come about due to the disloyalty of a parent, a child, a sibling, a partner, a friend, a boss, a teacher, or a spiritual mentor.  Whatever the cause, a breach of faith can, and often does, devastate you to the core.

So how do you soothe the pain of betrayal?

4 Ways to Soften the Initial Impact of Betrayal

Let’s start by looking at some ways to help yourself through the initial days after the revelation.  Often that’s when the sting may feel stronger than you could ever bear.  You might find yourself overcome by hurt, sadness, anger, and fear.

You need deep self-care in these moments and skillful ways to manage your emotions so you don’t perpetuate the pain.  Here are a few suggestions.

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9 Quick Communication Tips That Will Improve Your Relationships

9 Quick Communication Tips

Few of us were taught communication skills in school, yet poor communication brings so much disharmony, distress, and discouragement in our relationships.  It can ruin your chance for success on the job or in your business as well.

How would you honestly rate your communication skills?  Do you experience a lot of drama, stress, and frustration after interpersonal communications at home or at work?

If you do, this is something you can change.  Communication skills can be learned. And when you learn how to communicate clearly and compassionately, your sense of confidence, ease, and happiness will increase at the same time.

I’ve been on a campaign to improve my own communication skills over the last six months.  I know I can be reactive, finish other people’s sentences, and jump to wrong conclusions.  None of which leads to building trust, rapport, and deeper connection.

My bi-monthly women’s group offers the perfect opportunity to practice effective communication skills.  We call each other out, in a kind way, if we slip away from using “I” statements.  We practice paraphrasing what another person has said to be sure we’ve understood it.  And, there’s a specific model in place for clearing negative thoughts and feelings.

Now, I’m able to bring these skills into my everyday life.  In fact, they’re gradually becoming the automatic fall back.  I’d like to give you a glimpse of what I’ve learned because it’s helped me so much.  I bet it could help you too.

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