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Guilt is Fattening

I lost 50 pounds 3 years ago and have kept it off. The first thing I gave up was guilt. photo credit: dimas.r I am serious. I realized that I was “running” a guilt-producing story in my mind every time I ate something that I considered to be the least bit “high calorie,” “unhealthy,” or “unnecessary.” I came to the conclusion that my self-talk, full

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Escape From Painful Thoughts

photo credit: Sergio Tudela What can we do to feel better? We can question the unhappy thoughts we are believing. Why doest that help? Because it is the unhappy thoughts we believe that generate the painful feelings that make us feel bad. Although we cannot make painful thoughts disappear by challenging them, we can step back from them, investigate them, and plant a seed of

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Questioning An Unhappy Thought

photo credit: AGENT82 Here’s a sample of my use of The Work in dealing with the troubling thought, “I am a failure because I don’t market my business well.” The first step towards clearing this negative & limiting thought was to recognize what I was believing so that I could question it; “I am a failure, is it true?” I then wrote down all the

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Writing Down Our Thoughts

photo credit: mrehan I remember once being told, “Listen closely to the words that come out of your mouth and through your pen, they will “give you away” every time”. Taking time to write down our internal chatter can be helpful because it helps us recognize what we’re thinking and believing. Once written down, we can more closely investigate our negative thoughts and feelings; we

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Beliefs Control the Body

photo credit: h.koppdelaney I had a profound healing experience this morning during my daily practice while listening to a guided imagery on a CD, called “Deep Relaxation.” by Cathy Lumsden. I had completed my hatha yoga practice and was lying, deeply relaxed in shivaysana. My attention was fixed on my inner body and I became intensely aware of the difference in energy between my right

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