reclining and relaxing, taking time for self-care in open air

Here’s Why Self-care is Essential!

Four easy steps to improve you! (p.s. it helps others too)

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 425          29Shares Take Care of Your Mind and Body with Self-care It’s unfortunate that the word “self-care” sounds so much like selfishness since the intent is exactly the opposite. Self-care is a chance to spend some time focusing on your own needs so that you can then be recharged and reinvigorated physically and mentally to help others both at home and at work. Here are a few tips on how to… Read More »

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Painting of a sad woman holding her head in her hands by artist Amy Adams

Don’t worry about feeling sad

on the benefits of a blue period

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It’s startling that Broder’s unabashed expression of sadness – and all the shitty emotions – has struck such a nerve in a world where people’s social media profiles are immaculately curated to show their happiest selves. But clearly the growing rates of depression worldwide mean that we are struggling to be happy. Are we doing something wrong? Broder’s popularity should compel us to cast a new look at sadness and its cousins. Perhaps we should consider realigning ourselves with the Romantics, who as a group found solace in freely expressing emotions in poetry.

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vast open sky photo by Chuttersnap

Vast Open Sky, a Meditation Practice

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 27          9SharesThe Practice of Vast Open Sky Vast open sky is a meditation practice, keep reading to learn how to practice it. Body like a mountain Breath like the wind Mind like the sky ~Tibetan Meditation Instruction A number of meditation traditions have practices that are a dropping of the ego into wide-open awareness. I’d like to share this kind of practice with you because it is one of the most… Read More »

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Original art by Robin Reynolds

Middle Aged White Women, a poem written & performed by Robin Reynolds

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 21          3SharesThis week I had the opportunity to interview Robin Reynolds on the Conversations Podcast. Robin is a Manager and Engineer who is a scientist by day and an artist and poet by night. She performed her spoken word poem Middle-Aged White Women. The message is multi-faceted, yet, at the core, we learn that ‘What you see is not what you get.’ You can listen to the poem here. Scroll down… Read More »

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Northern California Sky

Hugging Bubbles and Floating with Clouds

Through the Eyes of a Child

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 125          26SharesMy favorite art exhibit absolutely ever is Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds housed at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. To experience Silver Clouds is to become a child again lying in the backyard lost in a summer sky, your imagination bobbing about gently in big puffy clouds. You frolic with dogs and kite-wielding dragons or pilot a cirrocumulus pirate ship through the great sky sea. Silver Clouds doesn’t hang… Read More »

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Healing Trauma - Conscious Life Space Conversations podcast - episode 5 Tammy Hatherill

A holistic approach to healing, a conversation with Tammy Hatherill

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 129          30SharesEpisode 5 Suffering from a traumatic event or multiple events can disrupt life as you know it. Trauma comes in many forms. Whether or not you experience it directly or indirectly it is an experience that shapes your beliefs about how the world is or isn’t. It can be a threat to one’s existence or a serious injury, or even it can be that you have witnessed harm to someone… Read More »

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Jenny Jokela's art from Barbeque

Disembodiment and Shame Transforms Itself in Barbeque

Jenny Jokela's art from Barbeque an animated short

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 25          7SharesUpdate: Since this article was published on the 29th of July, the artist, Jenny Jokela let me know that the full film is now available for viewing so it’s been embedded down below. It contains mature adult themes so you’ve been warned. Last year, I found Jenny Jokela, a Finnish-Swedish animation director based in London somewhere on the internet, I’m always looking for interesting art and artists. I tried to… Read More »

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photo collage of girls on Conscious Life Space

Why is it that girls’ self-esteem spirals downwards from 5th grade on?

The Girl’s Index examining girls’ self-esteem, relationships with others & more

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 55          10Shares In late 2017, Ocober to be precises, a study was published about girls. It’s called the Girl’s Index and examines girls’ self-esteem and relationships with others and a lot more. Personally, I’m fascinated by it as I was interested in seeing how it is for young girls these days. Are they making progress? What challenges do they face? Are relationships with other girls changing and more empowering or is… Read More »

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Allan Gilbert, Skull Illusion 1902

Reality doesn’t go away but how we see it, well that’s something else!

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 13          4Shares Perceiving Every year my physical body changes. I’m okay with that ummm kind of, still, the way that my mind’s eye sees my physical body is not really what my physical body look’s like in reality. The physical body that I’m housed in, my own perception might be close to, but probably not the way that other people see me (which we can never truly understand since we’re not… Read More »

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Frankentoes, My beautiful ugly feet - illustration

My Beautiful Ugly Foot

Finding beauty in the difference

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 234          36Shares A few years ago, a sloppy surgeon butchered my right foot. I went to Dr. Garrett for routine bunion surgery and left his office traumatized. He lopped off a full third of my second toe and made bending my big toe ever again impossible. I used to be a distance runner and suffered significant foot pain from my bunions whenever I ran more than ten or twelve miles, which… Read More »

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