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Author: Cindie Chavez

One Easy Way to Begin a Mindfulness Practice Today

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe present moment is ALL we have. Sometimes it seems odd to me how we can live our lives so easily in the past and the future, and struggle so much to live right here, right now, in the present.

Especially when most (if not all) of our worries, anxieties, and fears are attached to things we’ve experienced in the past, and things we imagine might happen in the future.

And yet, by developing the habit of “being present”, the struggles connected to the past and the future seem to melt away. The uncomfortable emotions and feelings we experience become more tolerable, and sometimes even disappear entirely.

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One Simple Idea to Help You Take Better Care of Yourself

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe most effective self-care is consistent and the best way I’ve found to keep up with it is to order my life according to the moon phases.

Yes, I said it – I order my life according to the moon phases. And yes, I know this might sound like a ridiculous new-agey woo-woo strategy. But, hear me out.

Nature has cycles, rhythms, an ebb and flow. Seasons change, the tides flow in and out, the moon waxes and wanes. The moon’s phases affect the tides and we humans are more than 50% water. (The moon’s 29-day cycle is congruent with a woman’s menstrual cycle as well.)

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When the Present Moment is Dark

Reading Time: 3 minutesEverything we experience is the perfect opportunity for the next step of personal growth. And remember, in nature (which we are a part of) growth is always the objective.

When you view your current circumstances as if you had chosen them you give yourself the gift of empowerment.

Once you choose this perspective you stand in the place of knowing it’s your garden, you planted it, you’re tending it, weeding it, watering it, waiting for it.

And if you’re faithful to the vision, you will see it bloom. And it will be magnificent.

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Thankful for Every Single Thing

Reading Time: 4 minutesI’m reminding myself daily of the Hermetic principle of rhythm: Everything flows, out and in; Everything has its tides; All things rise and fall; The pendulum swing manifests in everything; The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; Rhythm compensates.

I’m hopeful that the unwanted things we see unfolding on the world stage are the exact things that inspire us to rise up, do better, seek goodness, show compassion, have empathy, and be the change we want to see in the world.

So today, I’m choosing to be thankful for everything, even when I don’t understand how in the world it will ever make the list.

Because I know that somehow it eventually will.

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But I’m Not a Feminist!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere is an idea that equality feels like oppression to those that have had the upper hand.

Some are convinced that feminism is a belief system designed to oppress men, led by a band of angry (and hairy!) women who hate men and only care about themselves. And this is a conspicuous falsehood – a lie – promoted by those who are worried that their own power would be diminished.

But the truth is that feminism is about equality. And equality benefits everyone.

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