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How to Always Be Listened to and Understood

Sometimes it can be challenging to put my phone away when I’m spending time with friends. We all know how addicting social media can be, but it doesn’t make it any less rude to the person sitting across from me telling me about a problem they’re facing. Even saying, “I’m just replying to this email, but I swear I’m listening,” is a barrier to effective communication. There have been times when, even without my phone, I realize I’m only half-listening to someone. It’s a distracting world, and sometimes it can…

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Why Do We Always Find Ourselves Doom Looping a Mistake?

Whether it’s the friend who keeps falling for the wrong person, the employer who can’t seem to make things better at work, or the individual who won’t stick to a healthy routine, we all know someone caught in a negative cycle. The concept of the vicious cycle is nothing new. In yogic philosophy, the repeating patterns that manifest in our lives are called samskaras.[1] Samskaras can be positive or negative. They are reinforced by repetition until they become second nature. Some yogis use the imagery of a butter knife running…

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Why Some People Are Always Indecisive

Life is full of tough choices. We choose the best food for our bodies, the best partners for our lives. We choose jobs that we hope are fulfilling and meaningful, and friends that are supportive and kind. We choose whether or not to have children, to eat a second serve of dinner or save it for tomorrow. Some choices are small and some are large, but each day is made up of a series of choices that we have to make as part of being an adult. Why making choices…

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