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In ancient times, numerous beliefs and rituals were based on astronomical events. Many traditions that  started then are still celebrated today.  The Winter Solstice – is one of those occasions.

  Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year.  Throughout much of history, societies were built around the amount of daylight available.  The shortest day of the year, which comes with the longest night, was immensely important.  It meant the harvest had passed, and they would live on stored goods until the spring.  During the following months t...

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

-Andy Warhol

Change is the hardest accomplishment in life.  You could even say that science is working against us.  Newton's first law of motion can help us understand why change is so hard. It is sometimes referred to as the law of inertia.  You may remember it better as:

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force” 

People who want to make...

“I don’t understand why life is so hard for me. It seems to me that I have suffered enough. My mother tried to help me but was weak and my father was worthless. Growing up, everything was a struggle. At home, it was like a living in an empty desert; at school, I couldn’t concentrate on my classes because I was so anxious. I didn’t have any friends because it was not safe to take them home. I never knew what would be happening. It isn’t fair that life is still so hard.”

Sound Familiar?

Be honest with yourself for a moment: does any piece of that par...

While reading Louise Pennie’s book The Cruelest Month, I was introduced to the concept of “Near Enemies.” Chief Inspector Gamache, the chief homicide detective, is having a discussion with Myra, the local psychologist, about possible suspects in a murder in a small English village, when she asks him if he had heard of the concept of Near Enemies. It is two emotions that look the same but are opposites. One pretends to be the other, and it is often mistaken as the other, but one is helpful while the other is harmful. As long as the harmful emotion...

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

 Now that you have compiled all this information about yourself, you can begin to identify your deepest values, core beliefs, passions and motives. The true self is made up of these things. 

Life is a journey worth taking. To make the trip enjoyable, you need to create goals that come from your true self. The goals you set become the compass for your life. Not all goals are accomplished, but they still lead you forward in your life.

Goals N...

Henry feels like a failure because he is depressed.  It has been months since he felt this way, and he thought he was over it.  He is asking the question, “What is wrong with me?”

Caroline changed jobs six months ago. She was excited about the new opportunity in a new field, doing something completely different. As it turns out, she doesn’t like what she is doing and wants to quit. Caroline asks, “Why do I keep making the wrong decisions?”

Charley and Kris have been dating for a year. After a celebrating the milestone, they have a huge fight. They...

“This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day, 

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Hamlet, Act I, Scene iii lines 78-81

The beauty of Shakespeare's words are how timeless they can be.  These pearls of wisdom were written in 1603, and still apply in so many ways more than four centuries later. Today, we will examine how this concept can help you learn to deal with anger.

Self-knowledge and self-awareness are essential to be able to constructively deal with anger. Like an iceberg, the origins and causes of o...

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