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Suffering: The Paradoxical Experience of Being Alive

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Suffering: The Paradoxical Experience of Being Alive

“I am convinced that much of what we now call psychology is the study of the tricks we use to avoid the anxiety of absolute novelty by making believe the future will be like the past.” (Abraham Maslow, 2011, p. 15) The search for what it means to be alive, in particular, why humans suffer, is laced in religions, spiritual practices, philosophies, medicine, psychologies, and wisdom teachings worldwide.  Suffering is a universal phenomenon, one that is part of the human experience.  It is a conglomeration of the past and shrouded with the future, and it affects all aspects of ones...

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Top 8 Inspiring Ted Talks

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Top 8 Inspiring Ted Talks

Have you ever watched a TEDTalk?  TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading; an excellent source for inspiring movements, ideas, research, and more.  Here are 8 TEDTalks and 1 You Tube that have inspired my life.  Do you have a TEDTalk you like that is not on this list?  Please do let me know.     8.) YOUR ELUSIVE CREATIVE GENIUS, by Elizabeth Gilbert – Are you saying that we all have the ability to be a “Creative genius?”  Well, creativity does reside in the right brain, and engaging our right brain does produce healing and recovery.  Creativity is...

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Different Perspectives on Addiction

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Different Perspectives on Addiction

“What is addiction, really?  It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress.  It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.”  -Swiss psychologist Alice Miller     Healers of all perspectives have sought to comprehend and create the conditions that manifest beneficial change; seeking to aid in the cessation of suffering.  Suffering arrives in various ways: relationships, transitions, anxiety, depression, stress, confusion.  It is endemic to human experience.  Intrinsically, humans desire to suffer less and be happier.  This certainly is the case with...

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