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Taking on Too Much Responsibility – 4 Tips to Equanimity

By Monica Nelson I was working in the kitchen the other morning with the TV going on in the the other room. It was a child’s cartoon with a clear message, teaching its young viewers the need to be responsible. This is a message that demands attention, and over the last twenty or thirty years has been sounded with great veracity. Not only to children, but to those who have grown up and still refuse to become responsible. While true that it is a necessary lesson for many people, there is a flip side – a downside to it that we have not yet come to recognize. That flip side … Continue reading

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What Makes Us Perfect is Our Imperfection

By Monica Nelson As a writer, I adore watching movies in order to study story structure. I will devour the really well made flicks over and over to catch nuances that I may have missed in the previous viewings. When I started this pastime, I discovered a side glitch that I didn’t expect. I began to see errors in production – for instance, an article of clothing that was invented or used only after the time period the story took place. Or a glimpse of a piece of filming equipment in the background. All imperfections to an otherwise perfect creation. I realized that this is a very apt metaphor for … Continue reading

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Top 10 Qualities to Grow If You Want Indestructible Friendships

By Monica Nelson True friends are priceless. We all want and need friendships. Emerging science suggests that our brains and nervous system thrive from interactions created through friendship. And that our self-identity is derived from people we closely associate with. But we don’t need science to know that friends add zest and well-being to our lives. So here are my top ten qualities you will want to grow if you hope to create lasting and unbreakable friendships. 1. Love. You probably love your friend or that person would not be your friend. Having that love and showing it on a daily basis are two separate qualities. Love grows on its … Continue reading

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What is Open-mindedness? And Why it is Imperative that You Work Toward It

By Monica Nelson To know what open-mindedness is, you first need to look at its opposite – narrow-mindedness. No one wants to be accused of narrow-mindedness. Yet, it is a very prevalent trait among us. Most people refer to their own narrow-mindedness as standing up for what they believe is right. While that sounds noble and altruistic, it is quite the opposite. To clarify, a narrow-minded belief is one in which we unconditionally believe that our way of thinking is correct, and that no one else’s opinion can have merit. We are unwilling to even consider another opinion. Opinionated beliefs come about from fear. We sense that someone with a … Continue reading

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Success from a Higher Perspective – Using the Law of Attraction for Real Success

By Monica Nelson The law of attraction has gained popularity since The Secret came out. It’s become a daily pursuit for many people. This universal law promises success for anyone willing to put it into practice. Sounds like a formula for happiness, fulfillment, and joy that will solve humanity’s problems and turn the entire world around. So with so much promise, why have we not moved leaps and bounds ahead in our development? I admit I have not read The Secret. But it seems to me that if this is a perfect solution to creating success where failure has resided for generations, then we would have a completely different world … Continue reading

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Simple Steps, Real Change: Kindness

By Monica Nelson In January, I will be focusing on small changes to make to your life that affect it in a big way. This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness. – Dalai Lama XIV Many years ago, I heard His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet speak. My alma mater, Regis University, was hosting the event. Invitations were limited to current and graduated students. As I waited, I sensed a high energy level in the crowd. Excitement mixed with impatience seemed to permeate the gathering at this Jesuit school. … Continue reading

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Change a Life – Your Call to Compassion in a Seven-Word Message

By Monica Nelson I read a story the other day that brought the sting to my eyes. Not only was it a story that I could completely relate to, but it was a story that would stand out regardless of the personal way in which it spoke to me. It has gone viral, so you’ve probably heard it by now. If not, I’ve referenced it from several sources: CNN, DailyMail-UK, CafeMom, MSN. I’ll briefly recap. A family was trying to have a meal out at a restaurant in North Carolina, when their 8-year-old special needs child started acting out because he was hungry and circumstances brought out his frustration. The … Continue reading

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