Self-Esteem: Breaking the Pattern of Self-Disbelief

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Who hasn’t struggled with self-esteem? We are caught between socially acceptable norms, telling us we must be perfect, but under no circumstances should we be arrogant or blow our own trumpets. Everywhere we look, people present their best faces, the smiles that hide their agony, and make-up that covers imperfections. When you add the media into the mix, it becomes even worse. The airbrushed images of beautiful men and women are formidable in their example and completely unreachable. Who can compete with that? Compared with these images, it is all too easy to see yourself as broken. The truth is, that everyone has their issues and each person is in varying stages of understanding or blocking what their issues represent. They are the learning opportunities our soul requires in order to grow, they teach us strength, compassion, and how to grow.

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My Weekend in a Haunted House: A Real Life Ghost Story

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I was really looking forward to the party. It was being held in a beautiful, old house in the countryside. There were thirty people coming, most of whom I knew, and we would be spending the Easter weekend together, murder mystery night, Easter egg hunt and all. I meditated in the car on the way there. I’ve stayed in enough old buildings to know that the accumulated energy makes it almost impossible for me to sleep. So this time I was determined to be prepared. The energy in the house brightened nicely, except one dark spot at the bottom of the building. Never mind, I thought to myself, there’s probably a caretaker in there preparing for us. I’ll have another go later.

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Valentine’s Day: Love Beyond the Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is too commercial. Everyone says it, and everyone knows it. Restaurants and florists charge twice as much as usual for a restricted choice and slow service. As a vegetarian, I don’t even try to eat out. Risotto is usually my only option and that’s not something I enjoy. Despite this, I love Valentine’s Day. I know it can be tough. I remember well what it was like to be single on THAT day. But I love the fact that in the middle of this crazy modern life, there is a day that encourages us to remember how much we really do love each other.

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What Did I Do to Deserve This? Making the Most of Your Karma

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Karma has an image problem. It’s generally viewed as a punishment system. If I say mean things about you, someone will say mean things about me, and I will have been suitably chastised for my cruelty. I view Karma as something infinitely more wonderful, positive and all-encompassing. Karma is a part of our lives from before the moment of birth until long after death. It relates to our path in life and the things we came here to learn or share. It’s something we can complete and let go of, but that may not be easy, and is rarely quick. I see Karma as soul development. It is the gradual process of accumulating wisdom & experience, in order to carry it through into an Earth incarnation & fulfil our soul contract, the path we chose before birth.

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