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20 Things You Don't Have to Do or Apologize For

20 Things You Don't Have to Do or Apologize For

Since I lost my brother to suicide, I've been a heck of a lot more aware about what works for me and what doesn't. I've learned there are things you don't have to do -- the sorts of things that chip away at your quality of life. I wonder if life has taught you some of these same things, too...

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25 Life-Changing Things I've Learned from Loss... So Far

25 Life-Changing Things I've Learned from Loss... So Far

Grief isn't linear; more like the tides or the seasons. The more familiar I get with it, the more I see that everything in life has its seasons... including YOU. Each season of grief has its own lessons and challenges, its own weather and mood. And each one has its place. That's one thing I've learned from loss so far.

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21 Quotes about Planting Seeds for Spiritual Growth

21 Quotes about Planting Seeds for Spiritual Growth

There's something about seeing things grow, about seeing them sprout up from seemingly nowhere at all. Read these quotes about planting seeds, because it's always the season to sow a little good karma. To love better. To be in charge of your own life. To be part of all the beauty you'd like to see grow.

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A Must Read: The Awakening Poem by Judith Espinosa

A Must Read: The Awakening Poem by Judith Espinosa

Judith Espinosa wrote The Awakening to help others who've endured great loss, illness, and heartbreak of any kind. People like you and me, who'd rather lay claim to this new life than live the rest of our days being victims of our circumstances. I’m happy and grateful to be able to share her poem here in full, with you.

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1 Easy Meditation to Relieve Holiday Stress

1 Easy Meditation to Relieve Holiday Stress

Try this meditation to relieve holiday stress. The idea is to let go of everything... just for one, sweet moment. And by everything I mean people, to-do lists, parties, responsibilities, expectations, anything and everything that comes with the holiday season. All you need is a couple of minutes.

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A Prayer for Thanksgiving and Togetherness

A Prayer for Thanksgiving and Togetherness

This isn’t necessarily for the holiday, Thanksgiving, but now is as good a time as any to give thanks. Thanks for being alive, thanks for being together -- even if we’re only together in spirit. This prayer for thanksgiving is short and sweet. Read it at the table or just keep the words close to your heart.

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Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 2)

Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 2)

If you lost someone you love, how you live now is your greatest contribution to the love you shared and still share. That love is in every step you take, intimately tied to your joys & your dreams. It's a tattoo that can't be removed, an eternal river running through you. Grief lasts a lifetime, but love lasts forever.

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Reasons to Be Kind: A Poem to Open Your Broken Heart

Reasons to Be Kind: A Poem to Open Your Broken Heart

We say “don’t suffer in silence” like it’s an easy thing to do. Like it doesn’t take a world of strength to bring our pain forward for someone else to see. But if we could be kind to each other, we'd open up a window for someone. Read this poem to open your heart and share it with someone who needs your kindness today.

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Thank You for Helping Me Through: An Open Letter

Thank You for Helping Me Through: An Open Letter

Been through the wringer? If there's someone you want to thank for helping you through hard times, read this letter. It works for the grief support or the battles with chronic illness. For the 2am tears that kept you both up. Or anything that made you wonder how on earth you'd pull through. Share it if it hits home.

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The Golden Rule of Self-Care: Treat Yourself the Way You Want Others to Treat You

The Golden Rule of Self-Care: Treat Yourself the Way You Want Others to Treat You

Do you treat other people better than you treat yourself? Like 99% of life, loving yourself is easier said than done. But the 100% truth is that the way you treat yourself, the way you treat others, the way they treat you… it’s all connected. You can learn to be a friend to yourself. And when you do, people will notice

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