Is It a Breakdown or a Breakthrough?

Has life ever pushed you to your emotional limits?

If so,  you probably already know that surviving a crisis can be a positive turning point in your life.

This week’s post is by Melissa Dinwiddie, who writes about what she calls “the liberation of a breakdown.”

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s disheartening when everything you’ve worked hard to build tumbles down like a castle made of children’s blocks, and it’s scary to start down a new path.

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6 Ways to Feel Better Now

Welcome to 2013!Regardless of whether you made resolutions for 2013…

Here are 6 simple ways you can improve your life today, this year, and for the rest of your life.

1. Clear clutter for more energy

Start cleaning out clutter today. Clutter clogs your engines in insidious ways.

You know how the less fit you feel, the less you feel like exercising?
Well, the more “stuff” you accumulate at home or in the office, the less
motivation you’ll have to move toward your goals. Read More

Immunity to Change (Video)

Why is it so hard to make important changes in our lives — even the ones we genuinely want?

For instance, why do so many of us find it impossible to make positive lifestyle changes even though our health is at stake?

Robert Kegan, whom I first “met” through his brilliant book The Evolving Self, has an explanation for this puzzling problem. He describes it in this engaging video about his book called Immunity to  Change. Read More

Feeling Defensive

I’ve become aware of a subtle but persistent defensiveness inside me.

It’s not like the protesting defensiveness when I’m attacked for my opinion or my personal hygiene. It’s not that loud or obvious.

It’s less relational, more personal. Like a constant whisper inside that perhaps only I can hear.

Now that I’m aware of it — not that I always am, because it comes and goes silently, like a nocturnal predator — I can just barely describe it. Read More