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Do we really listen to one another?

Isn’t it true that - at some stage - we are all guilty of not listening? We have all experienced talking to someone who is clearly not listening, even when they are looking directly at us. Do we tune out? We attempt to multi-task between “listening”,...

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A picture paints a thousand words

Imagine a blank canvas. Create a bird’s eye view of what your life looks like right now. Does it reflect all of the “have to’s” and not so much of the “want to’s”? What if you had the freedom to paint a life of passion and excitement?! Does that seem...

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How often do you wake up feeling excited?

This morning I woke up excited for no reason at all. There is nothing special planned. It is not a special day. It is a normal Monday with a normal diary and normal things to do. I woke up excited, excited for what the day is going to bring. I can honestly...

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Silence in a world of noise – Part 1

C.S. Lewis, in his book series The Cosmic Trilogy, refers to Earth as The Silent Planet. We who live here know otherwise. This is a world of noise. Even when we think that we are in a place of silence and quiet, we deceive ourselves. We spend our lives...

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What are you reflecting on as we near the end of the year?

“No man is an island,” wrote John Donne, “Entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main”. And this is certainly true, even today, many years after those lines were first penned. We are part of a whole, we exist within that...

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What are the signs of bullying?

We've all seen television shows, especially the older ones, where the bully was the bigger kid in the striped t-shirt who would use their size to intimidate the smaller kid, usually the hero of the show. Most of the time this would be stereotypically for...

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The Power of Boundaries Part 2: some practical examples

She does not appear to have any particular stand-out features. At work, she is diligent and polite, a good team-player. Shopkeepers that she encounters would likewise describe her as polite. Some people, when they first start getting to know Mary, may...

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Why do we react irrationally sometimes?

Why do we react irrationally sometimes? Someone might say something which triggers an emotional reaction and you completely overreact, then later wonder why. It's all down to triggers. What are triggers? Well, lets take a step back and talk about pattern...

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Taxes and Prices in an inevitable world.

Hello everyone, Benjamin Franklin has always mistakenly been attributed with the following quote: "but in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Granted, he did write those words in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste...

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Note to self: I am enough.

An online help column recently had the following anonymous post: “…I really have nothing to offer. I can’t see why anyone would want to marry me… I’ve been treated like a loser throughout my life (starting with my mother, who abused me.) Now I can’t shake...

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Weapons of mass distraction?

There exists out there a fairly well-known though thoroughly misunderstood religion... ...one that has been around for centuries, despite the best efforts from other parties to put it down.  In recent years, Ásatrú (or Odinism as it is sometimes referred...

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The benefits of being specific

Therapists and other folk that deal with the mind on a daily basis will tell us that the subconscious doesn't understand negation. Now, the subconscious is, as you are no doubt aware, incredibly powerful.  Not only does it control all of our involuntary...

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On feeling overwhelmed: an overheard conversation

"No, not really...I've just been feeling, I don't know, overwhelmed I think," Maggie said, mentally shrugging off the thought as if it were a nothing thing. They stared at each other across the restaurant table, over a tray of rusks.  The late afternoon...

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