On the Reading List: Books will that force you out of your comfort zone

On the Reading List: Books will that force you out of your comfort zone

If there's one thing I love the most, it is gaining new insight from the books that I read. It's been awhile since I've really been able to enjoy a good book, given all the work and events that I have gotten myself into, but very recently I came across two books that have urged me to step outside of my comfort zone to enhance my own personal growth. I admit I'm still half way through them, but let me tell you why you should already grab yourselves a copy:

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Exploring Your Limiting Beliefs

Have you ever seen a dog on a short leash? They can hardly take two steps, sit, or lay down. They're so uncomfortable that they start to get incredibly cranky. While the leash might have served its purpose for them as pups, grown dogs on short leashes could affect them physically, mentally, and emotionally - from sheer frustration that they cannot seem to do anything. When we outgrow our belief systems but still hold them so close to our hearts, they too, can be paralyzing - keeping us on a short leash and denying us the possibility of experiencing life to the fullest. 

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3 Basic Tools for Surviving Life's Changing Tides

A few weeks ago, I attended a Crew Conference for the Maritime industry, where they had all kinds of high-tech, life size simulations for training the seafarer. Everything was built and designed to help the seafarer navigate and read data precisely as it comes up. As you can imagine, these vessels are huge - about the length of a 20 - 30 story building. And if you watched Titanic, then you know how steering such a large vessel and making the right calls are  equally important, otherwise, accidents can happen. Aside from hitting icebergs, ships can collide with one another, and when crew men take safety on board for granted, engine rooms can spark and lead to combustion.

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Addressing Depression, Anxiety, Hypertension, and Addiction through Acudetox

Since the protocol was developed, new studies have shown hope for suicidal individuals. Today, the Indian military uses the protocol to treat officers who may have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), suicidal thoughts, and depression.  It is remarkable just how much this protocol can do as psychiatric hospitals across Northern Europe have now included this in their treatment; seeing a significant reduction in the use of benzodiazepine medication to sedate indviduals. 

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Self-Compassion as a Stepping Stone to Health Behavior Change

Self-compassion, as it turns out, demands that we go beyond our comfort zones. While compassion may seem like the complete opposite of courage, I soon learned that courage and self-compassion actually came hand-in-hand.  Research shows that self-awareness plays a huge part in developing health behavior change, but if the awareness of ourselves is generally unpleasant, then we may look to food or other concrete aspects (like cigarettes, alcohol, etc) of life instead of long-term health goals (Adams & Leary, 2007).  Through better understanding of the self, however, my research has shown that self-compassion can help us acknowledge visible flaws that we might be willing to act upon. 

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Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

It appears as if being busy hasn't just cut us from things, but has also made us seem a little more important. And the worst part is, we thrive on it like a drug that keeps us high on the thrill of keeping ourselves occupied, seemingly working hard, hustling, beating the buzzer, and earning what we deserve. It's almost as if worth and recognition are synonymous with the word busy / occupied / unavailable. Because when we are occupied, demand is high for our attention, so we can then project a false sense of increased value. And the false sense of importance is what tends to get us hooked. 

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Sometimes You Aren't Meant to Go Against The Current. Here's Why:

"I don't know," she said, "all I know is I've been working so damn hard, swimming upstream..." 

Well, girl, sometimes we just aren't meant to go against the current. When things aren't going according to plan, stop for a moment, and consider asking yourself one thing - What am I resisting? 

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Celebrating Moments of Existence: Exercises in self-compassion

With health issues like depression and anxiety on the rise, we encounter people who question their existence and sometimes wish they weren’t alive. At what point did the people around them stop celebrating? And why? At what point did cultural norms ask them to set aside their child-like essence?

Here are a few self-compassion activities that may help you nourish your soul today:

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The #SelfCompassionRevolution

It's about damn time that we started a revolution to loving ourselves, learning empathy, and sharing compassion. This month, I invite you to join me in sharing moments of self-compassion as we learn to fill our lives with love. Follow Healing Minds PH on Facebook and start sharing your stories with the community. Here's all you need to do:

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