Conscious Living

Insights on conscious living and holistic principles.

Posted on November 29th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Finding Fellow Travelers on the Journey

by Reyna Eisenstark Many years ago, one summer, I took a bike trip for five days through Vermont. When I think about that trip, it’s never the actual riding I remember. It’s how all of us would arrive at our inn each afternoon, exhausted, filthy, and starving, and sit there eating huge plates of food […]

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Posted on November 25th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Putting a New Spin on Your Story

When my ex-husband and I were first splitting up, I was overcome by a powerful need to share the story of our breakup with my dearest friends. Over and over, I detailed the subtle series of events that led up to our eventual decision to part ways. In telling the story many times over to […]

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Posted on November 24th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

When Happy is Hard

When people hear that I’m a Positive Psychology Coach, they sometimes mistakenly assume that I’m all about positive thinking and denying or sugarcoating reality. While the science behind Positive Psychology does point to the value of appreciating, cultivating, and savoring the good in our lives, it also acknowledges that life is full of loss, pain, […]

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Posted on November 22nd, 2014 by in Conscious Living

The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment

by Karla McLaren I’ve spent a lifetime exploring how empathy works, how it goes awry, and how we can create a ground for self-care and self-empathy in our everyday lives. Here’s how I define empathy: Empathy is a social and emotional skill that helps you feel and understand the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others, […]

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Posted on November 20th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Savor Your Life

by Danna Faulds The monks of Zen Mountain Monastery conclude each day by chanting these words: Let me respectfully remind you―Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by, and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken… awaken. Take heed. Do not squander your life. When my friend Roxie shared […]

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Posted on November 18th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Balancing Your Yin and Yang

by Renée Peterson Trudeau As a communications director, throughout my 20s and most of my 30s, I pushed myself hard. After securing media coverage for a client on the Today show, I barely stopped to breathe before I was pitching their story to National Geographic. When it came to generating results, I was convinced if […]

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Posted on November 17th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Would You Rather Be Quiet or Give Yourself Electric Shocks?

by Shannon Sexton Here’s a (literally!) shocking statistic: In a study published in Science in July, researchers at the University of Virginia found that 25 percent of women and 67 percent of men preferred to give themselves electric shocks over spending quality time with their own minds. Study participants were instructed to sit alone in […]

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Posted on November 13th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Loving My Imperfect Self

It’s been a rough year on the planet, with headline news that’s often heartbreaking or horrifying. In addition, so many people I know are losing loved ones or facing serious health issues. During such tender times, and a year of great loss in my own life, I’m learning so much about the need to embrace […]

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