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Category: Evolve

5 Ways to Connect with Your Heritage

Reading Time: 2 minutesEvery family, regardless of origin, has a story. Learning about that history can lead to finding your own story and the powerful meaning of heritage.

From discovering your ethnicity to connecting with distant relatives, a resource like Ancestry can help people find their story in their DNA, inspiring new passions and fueling their journeys to discovery.

If you’re looking for more ways to bring your family’s story to life, consider these ideas.

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Shea Depmore: Trump Detox

Reading Time: 1 minuteDo you need to detox from Donald Trump? From the stress of the Kavanaugh hearings and Trump’s inability to pronounce “anonymous?” This Reiki healing meditation video is for you. Allow yourself to detox from Trump with this week’s mantra: Kamala.

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I Don’t Care About Your Happy

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn all that, there will be times of big, wild happy. 
And there will be sadness. Grief. Anger. Shame. 
There will be quiet. There will be stillness. There will be peace. 
There will be expansion. Contraction. Connection. Solitude.
There will be everything and happy doesn’t even begin to cover what is possible. 

And if we go for happy, we miss out. 

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This is the Single Most Important Commitment You Can Make

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe measure of our commitment to our self is written all around us in our experience.

Are we taking the time to make sure our needs are met?

Do we spend time getting to know what those needs are?

Do we nurture our souls and recognize the things that bring us joy, peace, happiness?

Do we make the effort to contribute, to reach out and connect with others to find like minds, trusting companions and collaborators?

All these things are evidence of a committed relationship – with yourself. When your needs are met you experience wholeness. There is a saying that “two halves make a whole” – mathematically this may be true, but two people each experiencing wholeness are what makes a healthy couple, one that’s worth the commitment.

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Discernment is no longer a Good Virtue but an Essential Skill

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt is crucial that we learn to look beyond the obvious and consider a deeper, more subtle connection to what we see. We need to question the source of the information and think about what the words are really wanting to communicate.

How we think and feel is based on how we perceive things, its how we build our belief system and it is how we respond to situations. Whether it be a relationship, our work, or our spiritual life, how we grow and express ourselves is based on our perceptions. And using discernment helps our perceptions come closer to the truth.

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You Are Becoming Your Story

Reading Time: 4 minutesI hear stories every day about people surviving hard places. Once in a blue moon, I hear a story of someone even surviving being kidnapped. Good people, kind people, people who are strong, graceful, resourceful. People who have yet to discover the full spectrum of their own unique gifts, talents, and coping mechanisms. All sorts of people survive accidents, addictions, diseases, bankruptcy, divorce, loss of income, loss of loved ones, and all manner of devastating circumstances. It is easy to be amazed at the sheer tenacity of the human spirit that allows us to walk through a hard place and come out on the other side, triumphant. And yet, we don’t have to let these hard places define us.

Whatever “story” we are telling about ourselves will continually play itself out in our experience.

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The Affirmations of Life

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s the day-in day-out thoughts that form the basis for the lives we create.

One I Am statement repeated once a day can’t override hundreds of counter-thoughts throughout the day, no matter how powerful it is.

It’s worth making sure your most common thoughts aren’t holding up your manifesting party, because I suspect I’m not the only one who has a combination of well-crafted affirmations along with knee-jerk thoughts that contradict my instruction for the good life.

This is your invitation to get clear on what your top affirmations really are and replace anything that deserves an upgrade.

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Reading Time: 5 minutesNearly a hundred years ago, Ivy Lee, considered the father of modern public relations and time management, was doing some work for Charles Schwab, the head of Bethlehem Steel. Schwab wanted to make his managers more effective and help them better utilize their time.

Schwab agreed to try Ivy Lee’s ‘system’ for 90 days and then send Lee a check for what he thought the idea was worth.

Lee advised Schwab to have his managers list their top 6 priorities for the next day. Number them 1 to 6 according to how important the task was. On the next day, take the task in the priority order. Not proceeding until a task was completed. Any task not completed was put on the list for the following day. At the end of the 90 day period, Schwab sent Lee a check for $25,000.

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Prevent Pets from Fleeing in Fright

Reading Time: 2 minutesSummer social gatherings and celebrations can add up to a lot of fun for humans, but it’s an equation that may test the limits for a fearful pet. The break-in day-to-day consistency and the chaos that comes with festivities can cause pets to escape in search of solace, which often times results in them leaving their loved ones behind.

“During the summer months, we tend to take a step away from our usual routines and that can be very unsettling for a pet,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “Even small barbecues and other summer events can cause distress that results in a pet fleeing for perceived safety.”

To help prevent your pet from running off, the experts from PetSmart Charities recommend these tips.

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Lisa Feldman: You Aren’t at the Mercy of Your Emotions – Your Brain Creates Them

Reading Time: 1 minuteCan you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research — and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.

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Reading Time: 5 minutesIf we need more money we might pray and ask God or Jesus to provide what we need. We might ask “The Universe” for financial help. Maybe we make offerings to Jupiter, or Lakshmi, Ganesha, or the Black Madonnas, or Papa Legba – or a myriad of other deities/entities/energies asking for their help in these weighty matters of money.

But this, to me, sounds like something that happens in relationships that aren’t so healthy. It’s called “triangulation” and it happens when we don’t have a direct connection to someone and we use an intermediary to do that relating and connecting for us. Remember in 7th grade when your friend had a crush on that other friend and wanted you to tell them since you knew them better?

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20 low to no cost, easy to implement, no excuses, ways to up-level your self-love game right now

Reading Time: 3 minutesI was talking to a woman this morning about self-love who was legitimately confused about what that actually meant. So, I gave her my standard pep-talk about how love is a verb. When you’re not feeling it sometimes you have to DO it. Treating yourself like someone you love IS self-love. 

It was a great talk. I was impressed by it. However, she still gave me a completely blank stare when I was finished. 

When you’re paddling against the current just to keep your head above water, self-love or even self-care can feel like training for a marathon you’ll never run.

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