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I’d gotten it into my head that waking up at 5:00 AM was a good idea. I set my alarm, settled into bed, and thought about all I would accomplish the next morning. Sure enough, I got a lot done! I tidied the house, started the slow cooker, relaxed with my morning coffee, and caught up on the news. Waking up at 5:00AM was amazing.

At least, that’s what the personal development gurus told me.

I lasted about two weeks. I began collapsing into bed no later than 8:30PM. Sleep felt like nothing more than closing my eyes and immediately opening them to the sound of my alarm. Where I’d spent the first few mornings on productive activities, I was now spending most of my time surfing the internet. Getting up at 5:00 AM was terrible.

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Election season is fun, isn’t it?

I spend a lot of time (maybe too much) perusing social media. In my defense I am a writer, so keeping up with not only what is going on in the world, but also what people are saying about it, is important to me. Even if it is within the microcosm that is the social media world.

Even as a Canadian the discourse has obviously been inundated with US election information, commentary and rhetoric. Somehow this election seems to be more raucous and contentious than most. Which started me wondering why that is.

It would be easy to look to the rise of Trump as the impetus behind it. But given the infighting in even the Democratic race, I think it is more than that. I actually noticed the same trend last year, during the most recent Canadian election season.

I don’t delude myself into believing I am getting the whole picture.  My contacts on social media consist of predominantly privileged, educated liberals.  So as Amy so eloquently explained last week, that liberal, progressive viewpoint is what is presented to me day after day.

One might think that the liberal perspective would come through as a willingness to be open to opposing viewpoints. We expect that liberals would seek to understand people’s differences, not reject them. But what I am actually experiencing appears to be a closing off, digging in, and shutting down.

It appears that liberal political discourse has been stripped of every last vestige of empathy for dissenting opinions. More and more I am seeing contrary political viewpoints being discounted as ignorance or stupidity, and demonized as moral failings. [click to continue…]

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In my articles on the Law of Attraction, I rarely mention visualization. I do this because visualization is such a misunderstood topic, and people generally do it in a way that actually increases their resistance, not decreases it.

Myself, I rarely use visualization. I just don’t find a great need for it.

However, it can be useful. So, in this article, I want to discuss the true reason we would ever use visualization to manifest our desires, and how best to use it for that purpose.

Is visualization right for you? 

Visualization is actually only good for a certain subset of people. [click to continue…]

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“If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain!”

How many times have we heard this warning? How many times have we believed it?

The importance of voting is drummed into us from an early age. Voter registration initiatives are everywhere, from college campuses, to community organizations, to online campaigns. Voter turnout is still alarmingly low, especially in midterm elections, but that’s beside the point. At least society tries to get us to be political in this way, even if it doesn’t always succeed.

The imperative to vote is just one of the many ways that we are encouraged to be political, to have an opinion…but where, I wonder, are all the collective efforts to get people to develop informed opinions? Isn’t that just as important? [click to continue…]

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Recognising The Voice Of The Ego

by Tony Fahkry on May 17

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Being mindful of the ego’s control could be the single factor that leads to greater happiness.

Alternative medicine advocate and author Deepak Chopra affirms, “If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.”

Many people are asleep to the vice-like grip the ego has and fall victim to it because they are unaware of its influence.

What is the ego?

The ego is the wounded and scorned child that poses a threat to a person’s self-esteem. It manipulates you into the belief of separation, which is nothing more than an impulse intended to reinforce its position. [click to continue…]

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