Soul Mates

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People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in [and] make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life.

Elizabeth Gilbert

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7 Self-Compassionate Stress Relievers

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1. Start the morning with a time of silence so that you feel calm and are grounded for the day.

2. Set good intentions for yourself. Make sure your automatic thoughts are positive and healthy.

3. Focus on your breathing to relieve anxiety and create a sense of being strong and in control.

4. Stretch to release any tightness or tension and so you don’t carry around the stresses of the day.

5. Set small, realistic and manageable tasks so you don’t start to panic and feel overwhelmed.

6. Keep your focus on right now – don’t worry about later. Remind yourself to live in this moment fruitfully.

7. Before you go to bed, think of 3 things that went right. End end the day with gratitude, then rest and get some sleep.

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Life Will Always Surprise You

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Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.
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Right now you might be in a situation that you think you won’t survive, but six months ago you were in a situation you didn’t think you’d survive and two years before that you were in a situation you didn’t think you’d survive and the point is you will always surprise yourself and you will always make it though.
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Self-Confidence

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Self-confidence, I’m realizing, is a lot deeper than just thinking I’m beautiful and being free in who I am. It also includes being confident in my decisions and trusting myself to be committed to the things I want to do. To step outside of my comfort zone and assure myself that I will be okay in doing so. This kind of self-confidence will help me see the success I want to see.
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A Moment Of Gratitude

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I cannot pretend I am without fear, but my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written… Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
Oliver Sacks, a noted neurologist and author who found out he had terminal brain cancer at age 82

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How To Figure Out What To Do With Your Life

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1. Begin by imagining your dreams have come true. What would your life look like? What would you be doing? How would you be making money? Where would you be living? What would you be doing in your spare time? What sorts of people would you be with?

2. Try reading some inspirational blogs, autobiographies or self-help books. Often these help to uncover our passions and the kind of person we really want to be.

3. Surround yourself with positive and motivated people – those who know what they want and are consciously going after it.

4. Take up a hobby that really interests you. There’s usually a reason that we’re drawn to it.

5. Ask other people who know you well what they think would suit your personality. You’ll often be surprised by the kinds of things you learn.

6. Decide to “face your fears and do it anyway”. Don’t live a narrow life because you’re plagued by fear.

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