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A Religion of One’s Own
A Religion of One’s Own

I recently devoured A Religion of One's Own by Thomas Moore, writer of another great book called Care of the Soul, which I also read a few years back (and highly reccomend). I was drawn to this book in large part due to my own interest in issues of meaning. Big,...

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Valentine’s Day Hacks for Self Love
Valentine’s Day Hacks for Self Love

Valentine's Day is this coming Friday. Ugh. I mean, aaaaawwwww. It's really the co-opting of this "Hallmark holiday" by chocolatiers, florists, and, well, Hallmark, that bums me out. But really, I am all about love.  Friday is really a great day for Valentine's since...

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The Paradox of Acceptance
The Paradox of Acceptance

In Buddhist philosophy there is a well known concept relating to the paradox of acceptance. It states that when we accept things as they are, oftentimes challenging things that we don't really want to accept, it is then and only then that they can change. Mother's Day...

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Forgiving A Toxic Parent
Forgiving A Toxic Parent

Forgiving a toxic parent. Oof. This is a big one, gang. Here's the thing: there is a very clear message that deserves forgiveness and a commitment to move forward in a relationship. When you are ready. The Apology That message contains three things: a sincere apology...

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