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Navigating the Phases of the Dark Night of the Soul


The Dark Night of the Soul is a profound spiritual journey that takes individuals through a series of challenging phases, ultimately leading to spiritual growth and transformation.

This concept, rooted in the writings of mystics like St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, describes a period of intense inner turmoil, doubt, and despair that often precedes a deepening of one’s connection with the divine.

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Understanding Your Dosha Combination: Balancing Your Body and Mind with Ayurveda


Ayurveda, often referred to as the “science of life,” is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It offers a holistic approach to health and wellness, emphasizing the importance of balance in various aspects of life. At the core of Ayurveda lies your dosha combination, or the fundamental elements that make up our physical and mental constitution.

The Three Doshas

According to Ayurveda, everything in the universe is composed of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). These elements combine in different ways to create three primary doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha is associated with specific qualities, functions, and characteristics, and everyone has a unique combination of these doshas within them, known as their prakriti.

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How No and Yes Can Be Guided by Intuition to Strengthen Boundaries


Many of us have a habit of either being “No” champions or “Yes” enthusiasts when it comes to protecting ourselves. It’s like we’ve got boundary superpowers! But here’s the catch – both of these extremes of being too closed or too open might be unhealthy.

People who say “No” as a knee-jerk reaction don’t stop to consider the possibilities. As soon as they feel the pressure to do something they react by closing it down. Behind this is a lack of trust in the other person.

Conversely, people who overwhelmingly say “Yes” often do so to appease the other person without consideration of their own wants and needs. Behind this is an unwarranted trust in others and a belief that it is not safe to push back.

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Actively Embrace Change Like a Yogi: Adjust Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Energy


How can you embrace change like a Yogi? In Hinduism, there are four main paths by which a follower can reach liberation. These paths are:

Gnana – the path of knowledge and surrendering to what you know and don’t know;
Bhakti – the path of devotion and feeling love for all;
Karma – the path of selfless service being joyful in any activity; and
Raja – the royal path of meditation including kriya for awareness of prana and the mechanics of life.

These are the four ways to engage with life. Each requires commitment and intentionally living your life a certain way. Each requires making choices about how you are going to live your life, which habits you will pursue, and which changes you will make.

There is a story describing what happens if you are willing to engage on all four paths.

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Atomic Habits: Review and coaching application


The book Atomic Habits: An easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones by James Clear is a great review and application of how instrumental conditioning drives behavior. What is unique about it is that it takes how we respond to reward and punishment and applies it intentionally to change our behavior.

James lays out a case for the cumulative impact of good habits. He begins by stating that if you improve by 1% a day for a year your overall improvement will be more than 37%. However, you may not notice much difference with repeated use of habits until critical thresholds are reached. For example, with weight loss, exercise begins by building muscle, and then at a certain point your muscle mass is sufficient to burn the fat.

Transformation to mastery can be slow and persisting with small improvements can be challenging when the results are not immediately apparent. However, desired outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits so persistence is key.

Intentional use of habits improves all areas of life. For example, repeated action leads to automaticity that frees resources for other activities making you more productive. Repeated learning leads to greater availability of mental resources. Repeated investment in relationships leads to stronger connections. Conversely, not intentionally improving habits in these areas results in greater stress, less mental health, and a weaker support structure.

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