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Understanding How The Mind Works, Inner Freedom, and Loving Relationships

Understanding How The Mind Works, Inner Freedom, and Loving Relationships -- what do they all have in common?   Last week’s blog focused on getting comfortable with the ups and downs of the human experience and how that benefits relationships. I scheduled my blog in my newsletter to send on Monday morning, and for the second time, in a not very long period of time, my website went down on a Monday so none of the links in my newsletter worked. This came after a very challenging Father’s Day with one daughter saying she does not feel supported by Angus and me,...

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Being Okay With Your Feelings is the Best Thing You Can Do For Your Relationship

Being okay with your feelings is the best thing you can do for your relationship and all areas of your life.   But how do you do that?   It seems like we innocently live out our beliefs no matter how faulty they might be, and we are at the effect of them emotionally.   How do you get more freedom?   I spent many years of my life searching for that answer first in yoga and meditation practices then in various psychotherapies. I would diligently practice various techniques to try to have less emotional suffering and to experience more inner peace. But it was such hard work....

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The Ordinariness of Happiness and Peace of Mind!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year filled with love! May you remember that you are enough exactly as you are and that peace and contentment are your true nature. They are your birthright. There is nothing extra you need to do to experience the essence of who you are. Knowing what direction to look in and letting go, relaxing, allowing and being open is all it takes. You can’t work at it.   I’m looking forward to the upcoming New Year Fresh Start Workshop that Barb Patterson and I are co-facilitating this weekend in Santa Monica! We have a...

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Performance Improves From Seeing Reality Is Subjective

I just got back from facilitating a corporate training. Even though I am physically tired, my spirits are high. It is such a gift to be able to witness people seeing something new for themselves and experiencing more peace and internal freedom as a result. I know I am not responsible for this, but it is nice to be available to allow the understanding to come through me in service to this.   When preparing for the training, I reflected on what the essential key points I wanted to share were. I only had four hours so I wanted to keep it...

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The Counter-Intuitive Approach to Less Emotional Suffering

I used to think that less suffering would come from managing my thinking so I could create a nicer experience for myself. I believed that if I could avoid negative thoughts then I wouldn't have negative emotions. I did not realize how much work this would be, nor did I see how the pressure of constantly trying to control my thoughts would create more suffering rather than less.   I discovered the easier way to live in a nicer feeling more of the time was paradoxical. Instead of me trying to create a good feeling, what I noticed is that if I...

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The Totem Nutrition Podcast: Episode 003 Interview with Rohini Ross

In this episode, Leah and Rohini discuss emotional health. Rohini explains that each of us has innate well-being. We all have an internal intelligence that is always seeking to bring us back into balance. When we are in a low mood our thinking is distorted, burnout is what you make of it, how addictive distorted thinking can be, and how to shrink distorted thoughts down to size.   Key Takeaways From Our Interview With Rohini   We are all innately well and our body-mind intelligence will always return to this wellbeing.   "Spiritual psychology looks at the innate wellbeing that’s inside each and every one of...

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The Soul-Centered Series Webinar with Bill Pettit

Here is the recording of today's webinar with Bill Pettit.   Bill Pettit has shared the Three Principles within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. He was mentored personally for over 26 years by Sydney Banks, and his direct experience with Syd’s teaching closely informs his work. His most recent speaking and coaching work focuses on overcoming trauma by understanding that there is just one cause—and one cure—for mental illness.   In this webinar, Bill shared what he is seeing fresh regarding the Principles now.   Here are the links to the resources mentioned in the webinar:   For streaming video of Syd Banks talks: http://sydbanks.com/videostream/   Excerpts from Syd...

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The Soul-Centered Series Free Webinar with Bill Pettit

Please join us for this free webinar. Bill Pettit has shared the Three Principles within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. Bill was mentored personally for over 26 years by Sydney Banks, and his direct experience with Syd’s teaching closely informs his work. His most recent speaking and coaching work focuses on overcoming trauma by understanding that there is just one cause—and one cure—for mental illness. In this webinar, Bill will share highlights of his experience learning from Syd and what he is seeing today regarding the spiritual nature of the understanding.   August 25, 2018, 10:00 AM Pacific Time...

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The Soul-Centered Series Webinar with Linda Pranksy

In this webinar, Linda shares some of her most profound and helpful insights from studying with Sydney Banks. She points us in the direction of our true nature of pure consciousness while also sharing how helpful it is to understand the map of our psychology.   To learn more about the six-month program The Soul-Centered Series with the original students of Sydney Banks click here.    ...

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Changing Habitual Thought Patterns

We all have habitual thought patterns. Neuroscience has coined Canadian neuropsychologist's phrase, “neurons that fire together wire together.” This is very useful for automated activities that we don’t want to have to relearn from scratch every time, but it becomes problematic when we develop negative neural pathways that become automatic like Angus constantly reinforcing his statement that he is tired rather than just getting on with his day. The good news is that science is revealing the resilience of the brain in its neuroplasticity. The brain is far more adaptive and flexible than previously thought.   When looking beyond our habituated thoughts...

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