Loving Yourself

Accepting and loving yourself helps you enjoy life and supports your well-being. When a loved one comes to you for help, you most likely do all you can to offer them compassion, kindness, and support. But what do you offer yourself when you’re the one going through a difficult time? Do you give yourself a smile in the mirror and remind yourself that you are strong and smart and will find a way to make it through? Or do you see a collection of imperfections to pick apart? But what does perfection mean?

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Embracing Life's Spiral

Spirals exists all around us from delicate seashells and unfurling ferns to vast galaxies. Spiral petroglyphs from ancient civilizations are found all over the world, referring to such things as water, when to plant seeds, the cycles of seasons, or the journey through life. As we progress through life, sometimes a reminder of a past difficulty arises and we may feel that we are being pulled backward. However, its arrival doesn’t mean we are stuck; it means that it has something new to teach us to help us continue forward along our path.

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Gratitude

Gratitude is the act of bringing our attention to and appreciating the positive aspects of our lives. It is also an emotion linked with feelings of kindness and compassion for the world at large. Infusing your life with gratitude can be a powerful impetus of shifting your perspective from one of lack and uncertainty to one filled with appreciation, wonder, love, joy, and abundance.

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Living With Intention

An intention is a statement of purpose that guides future actions. It is like a mission statement for a project, a day, or an entire life. It becomes a blueprint and any actions moving forward support its creation in the physical realm. Our intentions shift and change just as we, and our projects, grow and evolve.

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How Spending Time In Forests Benefits Your Health

In the 1980s, shinrin-yoku, meaning "forest bathing" or "taking in the forest atmosphere," was developed in Japan and has become an important part of Japanese preventive healthcare and healing. Scientific research has established its many health benefits and shinrin-yoku is spreading across the world. Excursions to forests reduce feelings of stress, improve mood and vibrancy, balance the nervous system, calm the stress response, and support immune system health.

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