Turning Family Drama into Harmony for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebration, joy, and togetherness with loved ones. However, for many families, the holidays can also be a source of stress and conflict. Whether it’s differences in political beliefs, strained relationships, or just the added pressure of the season, family drama can impact the holiday cheer for everyone. But it…

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Essence of Trust

Trust can be shaky. How many of us have been hurt, betrayed, or made bad decisions? Bad past experiences can affect our willingness to trust again. The Webster definition of trust is “the firm belief in the reliability, the truth, the ability or strength of someone or something.” There are three levels of trust that…

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Prosperity Through Emotional Healing: How to Have Love and Money at the Same Time

Is it possible to have love and money at the same time? Can we have both and can we keep them both? Buckminster Fuller says you can never change things by fighting the existing reality. In order to create change you need to build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. In this…

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Conscious Relationships

A conscious relationship means an authentic relationship. What I have found in my 30+ years of teaching across 6 continents is that everyone wants the same thing – to know that they make a difference, that they are loved, that they are safe, and that they matter. Being authentic really is all about understanding your…

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Holiday Communication: Family Love Fest or Smack Down?

What’s not to love about the holidays?  Good friends, good food and good fun!  But what happens when the spiced eggnog is flowing and the conversation turns to the dreaded topic of religion or politics? We all want to enjoy spending time with our families, but it takes self-awareness, patience and understanding to make sure…

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Peace For the Holidays: How to Communicate with Family

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When we come together with our families of origin for the holidays, we can find ourselves triggered. Old wounds can open up, and we may find ourselves reacting instead of responding. Even if it’s never happened before, you can have peace for the holidays. You can be present, communicate with family and have a happy…

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The Law of Appreciation: A Thanksgiving Exercise

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A lot of people are saying that 2020 has been strange, out of the ordinary, challenging…and that’s true. But does that mean it has to affect your outlook in a negative way? Does it mean you have to throw in the towel and hole up until 2021 arrives? No way! It simply means that the…

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The Election: Create Harmony and Have a Voice

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The upcoming election will not be the first or the last time that angst is felt in our families, our communities, our country and our world. Many of us are struggling with how to have a voice and express our truths, while still creating good will and harmony. In times such as these, it can…

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Political Synergy: Wisdom for Now and Later

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Many of us have never seen the country, or the world, so divided. As we move closer to the U.S. presidential election, you may be wondering if you’ll be able to accept the outcome. You may also be questioning how others will cope if your candidate wins. Or, more realistically, perhaps you’re wondering—no matter who…

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Can We All Just Get Along?

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Many of us are looking on in awe, as the world around us turns into something unrecognizable. Maybe the people you love are showing sides of themselves you’ve never seen. Maybe you’re finding yourself arguing over politics, race, religion, ethics…or maybe you’re feeling attacked. Perhaps this turmoil is causing you anxiety, costing you friends, or…

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