Issue 08. / The Stories We Tell Ourselves
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New Writing:
The Stories We Tell Ourselves Shape Our Lives
Stories are the bones that form the skeletons of our lives. Everything–especially the way we feel and behave–is influenced by the narrative that’s running in the background.
Stories guide our choices, and our choices shape our reality moment-by-moment. We are consistently creating our lives by materializing the fictitious scripts that play out in our minds.
Shining a light of awareness onto the stories that guide your life is a choice that leads to freedom. It gives you, the storyteller, greater control over the stories you choose to write.

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New Guided Meditation:

Embracing All Life's Phases
In the same way the tides ebb and flow and the moon waxes and wanes, human experience tends to follow rhythms formed by opposing forces. 
Knots form in one's mind and body, then time eventually pulls its fingers through them like a comb and loosens the tension.
This is the process of learning and growing: stiffening, then loosening; hardening, then softening; contracting, then expanding. The lessons are alive in the flux—in the motion that connects states of being in a seamless way. 
The practice is to remain flexible through it all so that one may arrive without resistance to whatever arrives in each passing moment, even when it’s difficult. In the resistance, emotions and experiences get stuck-stuck-stuck. It's in getting stuck that one becomes permanently hardened in life, unable to move fluidly with its cycles.
Life’s sharp edges belong as much as the soft ones, and it’s in allowing the coming-and-going, the fluid movement of it all, that one finds a state of wholeness.

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“Humans are storytellers. It is our nature to make up stories, to interpret everything we perceive. Without awareness, we give our personal power to the story and the story writes itself. With awareness, we recover the control of our story. We see we are the authors and if we don't like our story, we change it.”
– Don Miguel Ruiz

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