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MY STORY ON FLAKING ON PLANS

I have flaked on plans in the past and at the time have loved how good it felt. I love how good it felt to flake on plans I really didn’t want any part of in the first place. Sweet relief! (But I swear, I really don’t do this often.) However, I’ll be the first to admit that my plan cancelling was usually the result of something that runs a little deeper than the desire to stay in my PJs and be lazy on the couch. In fact, flakiness — especially sudden-onset flakiness — can sometimes be an indicator of something going on with your mental health. So, whether you’re a chronic flake or it’s more of a once in...

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How Secrets and Lies Destroy Relationships

Trust is fragile. Secrets and lies jeopardize trust and will damage us and our relationships — sometimes irreparably.     We all tell “white lies.” We say, “I’m fine,” when we’re not, compliment unwanted gifts, or even fib that “The check is in the mail.” But in an intimate relationship, emotional honesty includes allowing our partner to know who we are. Honesty is more than simply not lying. Deception includes making ambiguous or vague statements, telling half-truths, manipulating information through emphasis, exaggeration, or minimization, and withholding feelings or information that is important to someone who has a right to know, because it affects the relationship and deprives that person of freedom of choice and informed action. Although we may consider ourselves honest, few of us...

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HOW TO CELEBRATE THE SPRING VERNAL EQUINOX

Many cultures celebrate spring festivals and holidays–like Easter and Passover–around the equinox. As an example, Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls after the March Equinox. SPRING EQUINOX CELEBRATION IDEAS Below you will find spring equinox celebration ideas. Some of these suggestions are individual ways to celebrate while others can be done with family and friends. Create something meaningful for you and your family and you can’t go wrong. The spring equinox has been celebrated as a time of renewal and rebirth for thousands of years.  GET OUTSIDE & CONNECT Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature. Watch the sunrise and/or sunset, go for a walk in the park, take a bike ride,...

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ONE BUDDHA TEACHING THAT WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT YOURSELF THAN ANYTHING ELSE

There are three main characteristics of Buddhism. Buddhism teaches that there are three traits of a person. They include no-self, impermanence, and suffering. No-self is one of their main teachings and it means that there is a separation between your permanent self (“I” or “me”) from what controls the body. When you look at your body and think that it’s yours, you’ve separated yourself in that moment. You experience a number of phenomenon’s that can be observed. Watching or observing all of the phenomenon’s around you can be done through your senses, such as your eyesight, hearing, touch, and smells. Or it can be observed mentally with images that you see in your mind. Once you realize that your reality...

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Reasons We May Need to Cut Ties with Family Members to Be Healthy

Cutting ties with family members is one of the hardest decisions we may face in life because we are conditioned to believe that to terminate relationships with “family” is morally and inherently wrong. The facts are that “family members” are just people and not always healthy people, and if these people weren’t family we would never choose them to be a part of our lives due to their poor treatment of us. Therefore, under the ideal of family we spend years sacrificing our mental and emotional health in abusive relationships under the notion that we “have to” because these people are our family. We are conditioned to believe that if we end relationships with them that we are “bad” and...

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