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Why Your Subconscious Mind Sabotages You and Resists Change

Why Your Subconscious Mind Sabotages You and Resists Change

WHY YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND SABOTAGES YOU AND RESISTS CHANGE Ever wondered why your subconscious mind seems to talk you out of things that you really want to do, have or achieve in your life? We have 3 main parts to our brain with different levels of mind: the primitive, reptilian or lower brain (unconscious mind), the limbic system or mid-brain (subconscious mind) and the neo-cortex or newer brain (conscious mind). The mind powerfully influences ALL of these brain parts but none more so than the mid-brain, known as the limbic system – the part of your subconscious mind that remembers everything worth remembering.

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Rewrite Your Life Story and Get Unstuck

Rewrite Your Life Story and Get Unstuck

How to Rewrite Your Life Story and Get Unstuck   We all have a story that we tell ourselves about our personality, our temperament, our behaviour, our past, present and future. Often that story is full of hurt, pain, regret, anger or blame from our childhood. Our emotional attachments to outdated stories only serve to keep us stuck in fight or flight (stress), triggered in the present by experiences and memories from the past.  They rarely serve you in feeling free, worthy, lovable and enough to move forward in your life and claim your happiness and health. Self-awareness is always the first step

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{Podcast} The Cost of Staying Stuck

{Podcast} The Cost of Staying Stuck

The Cost of Staying Stuck   If you’ve ever tried to reach out for help but at the last minute retreated back into the safety and comfort of what you know – even though it might be painful or uncomfortable – have you ever thought about how much it costs you to stay there? The nature of human behaviour is that we want change, but often are unwilling to do the changing! When I receive an enquiry from someone, they usually send it at a time when they can’t take it anymore. When the pain is too intense, when the discomfort

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How to Set Healthy Boundaries and Build Your Self-Esteem

How to Set Healthy Boundaries and Build Your Self-Esteem

Need Help Setting Healthy Personal Boundaries? If you feel uncomfortable with someone else in your space, if you’re feeling angry when other’s won’t listen, or when other’s continue to mistreat you or behave in inappropriate ways, then you may need to step up and start getting clear about your personal boundaries. Healthy boundaries are necessary to protect all areas of your life. For example: Material boundaries determine whether you give or lend things, such as your money, car, clothes or books. Physical boundaries help you determine who may touch you and under what circumstances. Mental boundaries apply to your thoughts, values,

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Let Go of Anger to Make Way for Forgiveness

Let Go of Anger to Make Way for Forgiveness

Turn Anger to Forgiveness Forgiveness is a huge topic that can often open up many old wounds, stifling our ability to live fully and freely in the now. Angry thoughts of injustice, vengeance and retaliation can run riot in your mind, creating more stress and discomfort in your body. Forgiveness is generally defined as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you. This conscious act is done regardless of whether the person or group actually deserves your forgiveness. Just as important as defining what forgiveness is, though, is understanding what forgiveness

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Being Grateful at Christmas

Being Grateful at Christmas

Be Grateful at Christmas It’s the season of Turkey, trifle and last minute shopping. It’s also a time for giving, receiving and being thankful: a wonderful act of gratitude that I teach my students and clients to do on a daily basis; particularly for those struggling to shift negativity. When our attention is constantly focused on the annoying, unhappy, challenging, or just plain hard aspects of our lives, a low mood and feelings of helplessness can consume us – especially at Christmas time. In this state of mind it’s all too easy to forget that whatever it is, that it will pass.

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The Quickest Way to Healing

The Quickest Way to Healing

The Way to Healing Please don’t think for one moment that I don’t have bad days or bad weeks where I feel overwhelmed, tired and fed up, and just want some time to myself. I’m not so great at resting when there’s so much I could be doing, so having to lay back for the last five weeks with my knee up after surgery has challenged me. Feeling vulnerable and frustrated that I haven’t been able to do things for myself and have to ask for help (especially when the children were home on school holidays) certainly tested my ability to stay cool under pressure! DEEP

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This One Thing Can Change Your Life

This One Thing Can Change Your Life

Change Your Life With This One Thing It has always amazed me how the Sun has an ability to not just warm my skin, but blanket me in an invisible sense of positivity, joy and gratefulness for being alive. There are so many small yet significant occurrences that happen around us every day, just waiting to provide a little more happiness, purpose and ease in our lives, if only we’re paying attention. It’s in these little moments of awareness, attention and acknowledgement, that we find some of life’s precious lessons: When a loved one smiles at you and let’s the

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The Most Important Message You’ll Read Today

The Most Important Message You'll Read Today

The Inside Job Do you ever look in the mirror and make a point of finding something positive about yourself – instead of only seeing the bits you don’t like and want to change? So many people wait for the right moment or circumstance before they allow themselves to be happy: “When I’m thin, I’ll be happy. After I’m married, I’ll be happy. When I’m driving that car, working in that job, feel like I deserve it… then I’ll be happy.” How would you like to: > look in the mirror and love your reflection? > feel positive about yourself and your life?

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Transform your mind, body and life for wellness

Transform your mind, body and life for wellness

From Medication to Freedom! How my Achieving Your Wellness coaching program has helped my client move from medication to freedom. I have an intelligent, insightful and attractive young client who came to meet and work with me late last year in 2013. At only 18 she had spent years on anti-depressants suffering low moods, unhappiness, isolation and body image concerns that bordered on disordered eating. Her dreams of travel, true happiness, connection and vibrant health were being hindered by limiting beliefs and unhealthy habits and behaviours. She came to me with a desperate need to combat the life she had created for herself and turn

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Do you measure your worth by your weight?

Do you measure your worth by your weight?

Worth Your Weight Bathroom scales. Do you have one? We don’t have a bathroom scale in our house. I’ve not weighed myself in years. I don’t look to one for punishment, judgement or expectation ANY MORE. I once relied on the bathroom scales for my self-worth. I looked to it for my daily allowance of food. I feared its’ judgement but I was compelled to step on it and wait anxiously for my result. My whole mindset and mood was determined by that number. The thing now is that I no longer measure my self-worth by a number on the scale.

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How to Make Worry Your Best Friend

How to Make Worry Your Best Friend

Worry Wars In a recent post on Facebook, Cheryl Richardson – the original Personal Growth Coach – made a lovely confession about worrying: “This morning I woke up worrying. It didn’t start out that way. I opened my eyes to bright sunlight and smiled as I felt the warmth of Michael’s body next to mine and the familiar weight of Poupon cuddled on top of my feet. My moment of bliss went to hell in a handbasket though, the moment my mind joined the party and created a racket!” Worrying is something we all do, however it’s usually at the cost of our

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Be Thankful to be Healthy: Scientific Proof that Gratitude Improves Your Health

Be Thankful to be Healthy: Scientific Proof that Gratitude Improves Your Health

Scientific Proof That Being Thankful Improves Your Health By Dr. Lissa Rankin Thursday, November 28th, 2013 On this day of Thanksgiving, people around the United States are expressing gratitude for the bounty of their lives, but many may not realize that in doing so, they are also improving the quality of their health and increasing their life expectancies. The scientific evidence is conclusive when it comes to mood, outlook, and health. Happy people live 7-10 years longer than unhappy people, and optimistic people have a 77% lower risk of heart disease than pessimistic people. But how can you become happier and more

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What My One-Legged Grandfather Taught Me About Life

What My One-Legged Grandfather Taught Me About Life

Listen and Learn When I was in grade one my maternal Grandfather taught me how to spell “encyclopedia”. I was the only child in first grade who could spell such a long and impressive word, which I loved to spell over and over with pride at my young abilities! That same year he also taught me how to recite the alphabet backwards. He used a nifty little rhyme which I’ve recently taught my step-children. Now that really impressed the other grade one kids! Every holiday my older sisters and I would stay with our maternal grandparents for at least a week. We would

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Reaching Your Goals on the Road Ahead

Reaching Your Goals on the Road Ahead

Dreams, Deadlines and Commitments A lot of my clients have the initial worry of how far they have to go in reaching their health and wellness goals. They focus on the long road ahead and freak out about how long it will take to get there. We’re a growing nation of impatient (stressed and overweight) people the more modern stress takes its’ toll on our lives. We want change immediately, and what’s more, we want it to last so that we never, ever have to deal with the conflict or upset ever again! The worst thing is that we spend so much time

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