Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

“No one can advise or help you - no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must", then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature…”

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Lauren Debiak
The Positivity Assault and The Need to Stand Up and Feel

You might feel really bad right now, and that’s really healthy. You are supposed to feel awful, to feel broken, and to unravel at times. That is not just okay, that is vital. There is a deep undercurrent veiled as women’s empowerment that is serving to shut this down. Love isn’t “nice”. Love is fierce and protective. It is a deeply powerful force that can push us to heights we never thought were possible. Real love is active, dynamic, painful, and beautiful…

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Lauren Debiak
Creating a Relaxation Plan, and Why Your Brain Needs One

When we’re experiencing stress or what feels like a crisis, the part of our brain that “knows” how to care for ourselves is simply not calling the shots. Learn why it's not always easy to use healthy ways to cope, and the simple things you can do to smoothly manage whatever stressors life may throw your way. 

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Lauren Debiak
The Most Important Resolution You'll Make

It's hard to make resolutions when up against odds that insist you're likely to fail (staggering odds, in fact.) As we continue our resolve to resolve, we try different "tips" and strategies; hoping this year we'll get it right. The key to making your New Year's resolutions and 2015 promises last longer than mid February (or January 3rd) lies with the most important resolution you need to make...

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Lauren Debiak
Gratitude Journal: One Simple Tool to Change Your Perception

Think how peaceful it would be to live each moment consciously aware of your surroundings and your current emotions, experiencing what is instead of what should be. One technique we’ve found especially helpful has its roots in eastern philosophy and western psychology;  the Gratitude Journal. This exercise in mindfulness trains our minds to seek out things to be grateful for, and look at life through a different lens. It’s simple, it’s powerful, and anyone can do it.

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Lauren Debiak
The Beauty of Change

*Deep Breath* Yes, autumn is officially here. Along with nutmeg sprinkled on everything, and the eagerly awaited wardrobe updates, autumn notoriously sparks nostalgia, reflection, and periods of change. Instead of fighting it or hibernating until spring, use these simple and powerful insights to help you transition with ease, and allow both your outer and inner self the opportunity to experience the beauty of this change.

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Lauren Debiak
Make the Most of the Rest of the Summer

Having a blast, but starting to feel a bit run down? As Labor Day approaches and the final barbecues of the season are in full swing, make sure you don't burn out before the summer does. Here's a different spin on some simple tips to keep you going and ensure a healthy, happy, and glowing you!

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Lauren Debiak
What's in Your Glass?

There's so much more to the water glass than whether it's "half empty or half full." July 1st is the exact halfway point of the year, which means it's the perfect time to take stock, reflect and evaluate our own proverbial drinking glass. Read how to shift your perspective by taking a different, more mindful approach to this age-old adage.

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Lauren Debiak
Harmony and Inner Balance: Beyond Stacked Stones

For the real, down-to-earth woman in 2014, balance and harmony may not look quite like meditating on a beach in perfect silence. When we find ourselves running at 100 miles per hour with no time to spare, we need something more practical to slow us down. Read how easy, effective, and practical these simple Mindfulness techniques can be.

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Lauren Debiak
Mothering Our Self: Creating a Balance between Selfish and Selfless

As Mother’s Day approaches, our awareness shifts to those who care for and nurture others. Too often these women (and men!) fall into the cycle of selflessness, and become stressed out and burnt out. Caring for others does not mean neglecting the self. Rather, it requires taking care of your own self first. Sounds like a strange, uncomfortable call for selfishness? Read more here...

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Lauren Debiak