The Heart of June: Prepare for Turbulence


At the end of each month, I publish my favorite articles from around the web, books, and resources plus a mini-monthly review.  This is one small way I express my support for other bloggers who offer compelling, inspiring, and/or smart content.

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Gently Lean Into Fear


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Is fear holding you back from achieving your dreams, tasting happiness, or living a satisfying life?

If you feel afraid, I understand.  For many reasons – from trauma to Catholic school – fear became my signature state.  On top of that, according to Ayurvedic medicine, people with a particular constitution actually possess the genetic potential to create fear.  Count me in that category.

I know that fear runs strong and deep not just for me but for many of us.  It manifests not just as terror, but as a palette of emotional states and stuck places like procrastination, frustration, low self-esteem, self-doubt, a lack of confidence, and more.  What can we do?

Your True Self Awaits You

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke has said that our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasures.  As apprehensive as you may feel, like Rilke, you may also have a deep intuition that your true self patiently awaits you on the other side of trepidation.

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The Magic of Hypnotherapy

Butterfly - symbol of change through hypnosis

Have you ever longed for a faster path to altering undesirable behaviors and emotions like smoking, weight gain, low self-esteem, or anxiety?

Hypnosis has proven to be a highly effective and relatively quick treatment for a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges.  It can also help you cope more effectively with a spectrum of common medical conditions.

The Mayo Clinic explains hypnosis like this:

“Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions.

Under hypnosis, you’re more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to modify your perceptions, behavior, sensations and emotions. Therapeutic hypnosis is used to improve your health and well-being and is different from so-called stage hypnosis used by entertainers. Although you’re more open to suggestion during therapeutic hypnosis, your free will remains intact and you don’t lose control over your behavior.”

Hypnosis is generally considered safeIt has been recognized as a valid medical procedure by both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recommends hypnotherapy as a treatment for chronic pain.

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