Self Developement

How to Find Inner Peace

Peace is an essential element of happiness. Many people say they are searching for happiness, but what they are truly seeking is inner peace, an underlying sense of calm and quiet strength that remains no matter what upheavals might appear in life.  In this blog we'll talk about how to find inner peace. People who can access this place regularly, find they can embrace change and go with the flow of life easier. Not only that, they find themselves more open and receptive to opportunities and willing to take chances. Joy, like sorrow and anger, all tend to be fleeting and


A Pagan and a Christian walk into a bar…

There is a joke MEME going around online that says, "A Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and an Atheist walk into a bar...then they talk, laugh, drink and become great friends. It's not a joke, it's what happens when you are not an asshole." It made me laugh when I saw it because of its simple truth. It also made me smile because I'm in a relationship with a man of a different faith than myself. I consider myself a modern day Pagan. Nature is my Sanctuary. Love my religion. He is (though he hates the stigma that goes


5 Ways to Improve Your Well Being

Do you ever struggle and feel that perhaps your life is not all it could be? Have you wondered how you might find more peace and fulfillment? There are several techniques that can be used to improve your outlook and put life in proper perspective. Use the following tips to improve your overall sense of well-being. Accept Accountability for Your Actions It's true people may do unkind things and sometimes life is unfair, but blaming others does nothing to improve quality of life. You can't control what others believe or how they choose to act. The only person you have any


What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient healing practice used to improve health, relieve stress and pain, and bring body, mind and spirit into proper balance.  The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words Rei, which represents the Divine, higher universal energy, and Ki, the energy that animates all living beings. Ki flows through every living thing, from plants to animals.  When levels are high; you will feel strong, healthy and confident in the face of daily life and any challenges. When low, you can experience feelings of anxiety, weakness and even illness.  The flow of Ki can be improved with a healthy


Turn Your Worries Into Laughter

Most people are familiar with the old adage “Laughter is the best medicine.” This little pearl of wisdom has helped many people regain their perspective and deal with life's challenges in a more lighthearted manner.  Every person, from every walk of life, experiences fear, hardship or periods of struggle at some point .  It is an inescapable fact of life. Turn Your Worries Into Laughter! While some are crippled by fears and crumble in the face of challenges, others seem to find an uncanny ability to tackle them head on.  Have you ever wondered why it is some people just manage


How to Spread More Love into the Modern World

In this article, you'll learn how to spread more love into the modern world. Modern technology and its advances have brought immense growth to mankind. Unfortunately in a world where human interaction has become increasingly more digital and isolated;  it can be easy to believe that the world is a bad place.  The media has a vested interest in highlighting stories with shock value to improve ratings and readership.  The result tends to be a lot of negativity repeated again and again.  Over time, this alters our perception of reality and damages our capacity to see the positive, casting a dark


Symbols of Healing

Throughout the ages and across many cultures, healing symbols have been used to promote wellness on all levels.  They elevate our vibrations and draw therapeutic, transformative energy. In nearly every culture, there is a belief in a universal spiritual energy that we can access.  This universal life force energy goes by many names – chi, prana, the holy spirit, but the essence is the same.  It is the life force energy that ties all together and flows through and around us.  It can be invoked to protect, purify and heal. Energy healing practices like Reiki use special symbols to represent various


How to Be Your Own Shaman

In this article, we'll discuss how to be your own shaman. Have you ever heard the phone ring and known who it was before answering? Perhaps you've felt inexplicably sad or upset right before hearing bad news.  Do you ever see someone and instantly pick up on their health or mental state? If so, you have witnessed first hand the intuitive connection we all have to one another.  This energy is something that we can all tap into and it is the same energy that Shaman's can read, understand and influence to bring healing and wisdom to themselves and others. All


A Stress-Free Holiday Season

For many, the holidays start off bright and quickly give way to the stresses of trying to manage to do too much.  Pressure to find the perfect gifts, plan holiday events, and prepare meals can leave even the most festive person feeling tense.  Fortunately, even amidst the chaos; it is quite possible to have a stress free holiday season when you put your mind to it. The first step is to take a breath and refocus on what truly matters.  Our culture tends to bombard us with advertisements and commercialism, but what most people truly adore about this time of year


The Meaning of a Resolution

As the end of the current year approaches; many start to turn their eyes to the promise that January brings.  There's nothing quite like a new calendar and a new year to inspire optimism, even if it's only fleeting.  Although “New Year's resolutions” are popular and traditional, so is the tendency to break them. So, what is a real resolution and how can you make sure you have the best chance for success? Resolutions are promises first and foremost. They are a promise you make to yourself to do something that will help you grow or better yourself in some way. 


Attract Prosperity Into Your Life

Manifesting and attraction are quite the popular topics these days thanks to several popular mainstream books and movies. The principles of attraction however are ancient and have been taught by mystics and masters for centuries. The foundation of many spiritual practices have this philosophy at their core. They teach us to focus on blessings, being humble, hardworking and grateful. Attracting prosperity is about more than focusing on money or things – it's about developing a state of mind that draws opportunities. One of the best ways to create abundance is to focus on the blessings you already have. Gratitude that is


Ten Ways to be Thankful

During the Thanksgiving season, the focus turns to gratitude and celebration; but consciously focusing on gratitude every day can enrich overall sense of well-being and open the mind up to new possibilities and opportunities throughout the year.  There are many ways to express gratitude and show appreciation to others – no holiday required. Here are ten feel good ways to be thankful and show gratitude in meaningful ways year round.  Write a note Today's world is full of email and texts that lack the personal touch of a handwritten note.  A quick note can brighten anyone's spirits and let them know


Empty Your Cup

“Empty your cup” is a common mantra used to teach enlightenment in many disciplines, but what does it mean? To truly gain wisdom and understanding you must make room for new ideas to enter. Take for example the parable of the Master trying to explain a lesson to one of his advanced students. Each time the master spoke to him; he measured what he heard against the many years of knowledge and experience he had already gained. Although this was a normal response; it prevented the student from growing further. To demonstrate this point; the master decided to share tea with his student. He filled both of


How to be at Peace with Yourself

Inner peace is often seen as a goal to be attained. We are taught that when we find happiness; it will bring us peace. As a result, most of us spend our time actively pursuing goals, having careers, buying things, and looking to others for a sense of fulfillment and inner peace. We follow these various paths, only to find that something is still missing despite our best efforts. The truth about inner peace is that it is a state of mind, a choice that can be made. With proper training of the mind and dedication to personal, spiritual growth; it is very possible to have a


Finding Your Sacred Space

Finding your sacred space within is easier when you take the time to create a harmonious area in your home dedicated to spiritual practice. It can be as simple as a small corner in one room. The only thing that is required is to have a spot that is quiet and free from clutter and outside distractions. This is your place, an oasis of sorts, where all the cares of the world fall away when you enter. Think of it as a unique refuge created just for you – because it is, and over time it will become a living part of you. When you allow


Simplify Your Life

"The little things? The little moments? They aren't little." John Zabat-Zinn Modern society is truly awe inspiring. Think of all the discoveries mankind has made in the past century, or even just the past 50 years. Technology has exploded and we are connected with information at the touch of a button. This is truly a remarkable time in history and human evolution, but in the creation of all these marvels, we seem to have forgotten the beauty of simplicity. Many are totally connected all the time. Tweets, texts, tickers and all sorts of things vie for our attention. This is on top of jobs, household


Benefits of Laughing and Smiling

“Laughter is the Best Medicine” Chances are you've heard this expression before, and in fact, it is a great truth. Laughter is a natural gift that creates feelings of well-being and empowerment. It has been shown scientifically to improve both mental and physical health.  It is so widely recognized that Cancer Centers of America promotes “laughter therapy” as a strong complimentary treatment for those battling very serious illnesses. When you laugh, it not only makes you feel better emotionally; it creates a series of responses in the body that facilitate healing.  Laughter has been shown to boost the function of the


Ripple Effect of Positivity

Have you ever skipped a stone across a pond? Or watched as rain drops hit a still body of water, causing circles to branch out from the point of impact? This is what is known as a ripple effect, where one action, causes a chain of other incremental reactions. Merriam-Webster defines the “ripple effect” as a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence.  Think of the connotations this has.  It means that every action we take spreads out into the universe, affecting others just like that stone or raindrop. This means that every day, you can take simple steps to


Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

  “Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” is a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.  Although it is a simple statement, it carries a complex message. Some view it merely as act like what you want to see; to change the world all you must change is yourself.  Others view it as a lesson in how to set a living example for others through one's own actions.  Both, of course, are true. In life, we must strive to grow as individuals in order to find fulfillment and be at peace in a world that often appears chaotic.  How


How to Appreciate the Father Figure in Your Life

Dad's contributions are not often as well-recognized or acknowledged as Moms.  Mothers are most often depicted as the emotionally invested nurturers and caretakers, while dads role has traditionally been depicted as that of the provider, problem solver and rule enforcer.  Recent studies however, have proven that a loving, involved dad has a greater impact on the lives of his children than many might realize. Research has shown that children who are raised by involved fathers are more likely to be self-confident, emotionally secure and better able to develop better social connections as they grow older. Other studies have also shown a

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