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Some Days Are Just Bad Days, That’s All…

Depression is not something to take lightly. This is a disease of the brain. Experts believe that there are certain chemicals that falter out of balance to cause this disease. Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. That isn’t including those who have not spoke to anyone.

Good News is that this is a disease that can be managed and worked with using less invasive techniques. Which we will go over within this blog.
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favorite activities
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over minor things
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and insomnia
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How does clinical hypnotherapy treat depression?

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Use the power of suggestion to create long term improvement

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Hypnotherapy provides an effective way to access your ability to affect your physical body.  We self-sabotage with our thoughts and behaviors. Through the guided meditations you will notice correcting of restless sleep, low energy, headaches and chronic pain. Can even use hypnotherapy to increase motivation to exercise and eat properly!

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Change that lasts a lifetime!

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First you might be thinking… What the hell is meditation? Isn’t that for gurus and yogis, which potentially are the same exact thing? Well yes sort of. Though meditation is also for everyone!

Meditation is not as difficult as you may think. Also, with a regular practice it offers immense benefits.
Yeah right… Like what?

So glad you asked!

Some benefits include:

increased brain density,

a boost in connections between neurons,

my personal fav is obvi decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety,

improved clarity of thought,

and an increase of happy endorphin to feel awesome!

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One of the easiest ways is to find a quiet place where you can close your eyes and begin some breathing techniques. Breathing techniques are the shit and probably my favorite technique in life. You can always drop some stress by using Pranayama. Learn it, Live it, Love it!

As you continue these techniques and become more seasoned at meditation, you will likely notice significant improvements in your energy, health and mental/emotional balance.

Here are just a couple of other methods:

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How do you start your mornings? Is it difficult to wake up?

Do you feel lethargic and fried? This is not a healthy way to begin your days!

Instead of feeling overwhelmed on trying to change your lifestyle drastically! Start slow… Give your self some hope.

Stretching in the morning allows you to ground your thoughts, breath deeper, and obviously increase flexibility. It is outstanding what you can achieve in less than 10 minutes.

Make sure to always be a  tiny bit warmed up before you stretch. I usually stretch after I shower! Yet, if you rather stretch right out of bed make sure to be gentle.

Now, what we all been waiting for! The Main Event: 8 stretches to add to your morning routine to feel strong, flexible and grounded af!

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Upper back release- target is upper back and shoulders.

To begin stand hip width apart, you can bring arms up over head with a slight head tilt upwards. Exhale clasp your hands and lower them shoulder height. Round upper back keeping arms straight and engaged.

Hold for 2-3 slow deep breaths

Chest release – target chest, shoulder and bicep.

This one requires a wall, door frame or window ledge. Hold surface with left arm, step forward with left leg and turn entire body to the right including your hips.

Hold for 4-6 steady breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Side stretch – targets the IT band, obliques and shoulder.

Standing with right hand on bed, cross left leg in front of the right. Shift into left hip and reach left arm up and over head. Creating a long line from the left ankle to the left fingers.

Hold 2-3 breaths. Repeat on right side.

Seated spinal twist – targets the spine, neck and shoulders.

Sitting on edge of bed legs together lengthen spine rotating to the left. Bring left arm to ceiling with an inhale. Exhale place behind you. Bring right hand across body to left knee. Deeper stretch gaze over left shoulder.

Hold 2-3 breaths. Repeat on Right side.

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We are halfway through! Ready? Get some water and deep breaths.

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Standing hamstring stretch – target duh Hammies!

Bring right leg up onto bed supporting your knee. (If flexibility is not this advanced yet use the wall, step, or bench) Keep legs hip distance and parallel. Foot flexed. If you need to increase stretch, hinge at hips keeping spine straight.

4-6 breaths and repeat other side.

Standing quad stretch – target quads.

Brace yourself with right hand on bed. Slowly raise right leg grasping with left hand. Keep pelvis neutral and spine tall raising head to ceiling.

4-6 breaths repeating on other side.

Outer hip stretch – target hips and outer thigh.

Place right leg with knee bent onto bed. Square your hips and make sure front of the knee is outside of the front of your shoulder. Keep spine straight, hinge forward at the hips if comfortable, supporting yourself with your hands.

4-6 breaths other sides.

Standing forward bend – target low back and hamstrings.

Bringing your feet hip width apart knees slightly bent, inhale bringing your arms up over head. Exhale swan dive down to the ground. Allow your upper half to hang freely over your legs.

2-3 breaths you can release your neck by moving head side to side or nod yes and no. To come out of this pose pull in abs and slowly rise up vertebra by vertebra.

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What are other ways you begin your mornings? Do you have other stretches you do in the morning? Do you add healthy food choices?

 

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Hello lovelies!

So, I woke this morning and unfortunately had the weirdest headache… On any normal occasion I  would never EVER take pain relievers. They damage our livers. Yet it would not shake. Sadly, I  took the damn pill…
The headache was still lingering like that damn Garbage song. I decided it would be a great idea to break out my old yoga moves! Duh!

I know the excuses come flooding in. Quite frankly I’m tired of hearing them and I’m tired of making them myself.
I decided on a yoga flow to build energy, relieve stress, and to lengthen my muscles.
Deep breath in and begin!

To start I stepped onto my mat and got into tadasana, mountain pose. Took couple breaths here.
Then:
*forward fold
*halfway lift
*forward fold
*rise to standing
Repeat 3-5x to lubricate the joints

Crawling down to the mat
*Cat Cow
*Thread the needle
*Child’s pose Favorite
*Downward dog
*Plank
*Cobra
*Downward dog
3-5 sun salutations at this time could be optional if you wanted to warm up more

*Low lunge Lovez!
*Half split
*Lizard pose
*Quad stretch
*Yogi squat
*Tree pose
*Seated twist
*Some neck stretches
*Meditation

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Ahhh at the end of this sequence I was refreshed, revitalized, and ready to paaaaartaaaaaay!
Movement, especially in the morning, is essential for a healthy strong body, mind, and spirit. It also leads to a more productive day, for sure!

So how can I make this a morning ritual?
-setup yoga mat the night before
-have yoga clothes on may just in case I need to feel like a”yogi” not just in a tank top and my panties!
-make sure my blocks, strap and meditation pillow are close by

I am so thankful to have such incredible knowledge and tools when it comes to giving my body what it truly needs to thrive!

What are some things you do to stay grounded, centered or balanced within our hectic daily lives? Post within the comments below!

 

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Honestly, it is different for everyone.

Recently I finished reading a book by Jenny Lawson named Furiously Happy it really opened my eyes. This book explained to me many things that I have personally dealt with and what others struggle with even more than I ever have.

I realized that this illness isn’t like breast cancer or leukemia. It isn’t treated this way either. Once someone gets out of a depression spell no one is there to cheer them on or tell them what an inspiration they have been.

Then, just like that, the depression, numbness, feeling alone, anxiety and nervous feelings are back for round two. Making sure they lie to you to make you feel worthless and sometimes think of really horrible things to do to yourself.

Sometimes depression can be brought on because of a distressing or traumatic event. If this is the case, then it is more then likely that the people and situations who are associated become referred to as traumatic triggers.

A common example of this is when someone we love passes. The individual must take proper time to grieve their loss and to process unfinished feelings about the deceased. Depression may set in almost immediately.

 
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favorite activities
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over minor things
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and insomnia
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Other traumatic triggers include losing a job, divorce, or financial reversals such as bankruptcy or home foreclosures. There are so many symptoms (seriously, I am not sure how much I trust WebMD yet I linked it anyway) that can arise from depression’s clutches. As I stated above it honestly differs for everyone. Some of the symptoms that I am challenged with are

Not being able to wake up and get out of my bed

Anxious thoughts upon waking that put me in a whirlwind of depression

Body pains that occur daily and increase with my thoughts

Eating disorders

Feeling exhausted

Extreme emotions, mostly intense crying at everything

I have also had suicidal thoughts in high school.

A lot of people have used prescribed medications. Anti-depressants, sleep medications, maybe diets Yet, these are all just symptom relief.

Some go to counselors. They will talk about their feelings which may help for awhile. Other therapists may try relaxation techniques combined with positive affirmations.

Unfortunately, these still do not resolve the deeper underlying causes of depression.

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So, How does clinical hypnotherapy treat depression, you ask? 

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Well, that doesn’t sound like somewhere I want to go!

I’ll tell you this. It is extremely relaxing and enjoyable. The conscious mind is only 10% of the mind. By entering our subconscious we are addressing the whole person, 100% of our mind than just treating symptoms.

 
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Unresolved feelings, such as resentments, regrets, blame, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear are stored in the body and must be released as soon after the triggering event as possible. Otherwise they become deeply buried beneath the numbness, addictive behaviors, and the concurrent repression that occurs when trauma and grief go untreated.

 

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With each session clinical hypnotherapy can help replace the fearful repetitive thoughts. Creating positive affirmations will work because the underlying emotional release has been accomplished. Bringing you peace and balance.

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Hypnotherapy provides an effective way to access your ability to affect your physical body.  We self-sabotage with our thoughts and behaviors. Through the guided meditations you will notice correcting of restless sleep, low energy, headaches and chronic pain. Can even use hypnotherapy to increase motivation to exercise and eat properly!

Clinical hypnotherapy works for depression because it removes the underlying basis of depression and completes the unfinished business that continues to recycle as self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. You know what I am talking about.

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Hypnotherapy can be highly successful, painless, and side effect free!

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Tell me about your energy.

Statistically speaking, Americans feel 44% more stressed than they did 5 years ago. Then, 1 in 5 Americans experience “extreme stress” and 3 out of 4doctor visits are stress related ailments!

This brings us to energy zapper numero uno!

Mistake #1: Stressing out.

Everyone feels it, experiences it, yet very few of us take our stress seriously and understand the true threat it has on our overall health. When we go day in and day out with stress, it sends our cortisol through a roller coaster. This in turn weakens our immune system and wreaks havoc upon our energy.

Have no fear! We can learn to relax!

Learning how to relax can be a powerful tool. We can even train our bodies to handle stress with more ease. Meditation is one of the many tactics I utilize to reduce stress. Check out my article on 4 ways of Meditation Here!

Mistake #2: No Movement. 

Our bodies are not made for inactivity. Back as far as we can research, man was hunting, running, gathering, etc. Our cells contain spunky little engines called Mitochandria. These tiny powerhouses are responsible for turning our food into fuel.

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Now this is truly important:

The quality and quantity of these engines, determine the quality and quantity of energy we possess.

So, how do we build these little guys up? Through healthy lifestyle practices, duh! Exercise is right at the top of the list. What is one small change you can make that will add movement to your day?

Some examples you can find are within this article I wrote about Yoga to energize your mornings!

Mistake #3: Ignoring your gut.

In my most recent article, 5 ways to maintain gut health, I discuss how important the gut is to our overall well being. This is also directly related to our energy.

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There are 5 simple ways you can

start to heal your gut.

#1 Eat your fruits and veggies! Think of your gut as a garden. It needs proper care to thrive. The fertilizer that feeds your garden is fiber. So, eating more of a plant- based diet helps the good guys do their job and you feel fantastic in return!:)

#2 Reduce inflammation. This is a bit more difficult for our Standard American Diet (SAD). Honestly, there are way to many processed foods and especially refined sugars. This creates an imbalance in your gut which leads to inflammation. Replacing those foods with plant foods keeps harmful organisms at bay.

#3 Drink WATER. I couldn’t begin to tell you how important water is. This means ZERO soda, NO energy drinks. Rock that H2O!

#4 Chew your food! Beyond popular belief, your stomach is not equip with teeth. *Mind Blown* Use your teeth to help your stomach out. Digestion actually starts with the enzymes secreted within your mouth.

#5 Move your body. We already mentioned this one. Exercise actually increases the diversity of probiotics and also helps you poop! Woo Hoo:)

Now it is your turn. What is one thing you will do this week to begin healing your gut? 

Mistake #4: Chasing Perfection. 

This has to be my personal struggle. There is nothing fun or pleasurable about perfection. It is controlling, boring, and rigid. In fact, it is not even doable because perfection is a myth. What is one thing you’ve been beating yourself up for not doing “perfectly”?

Write it down and then cross that shit out! You’ve got more important things to do than worrying about being perfect.

It’s not about getting more energy. It’s about uncovering the innate energy and well-being that’s already inside you.

Again, make sure to leave a comment on how your energy has been feeling as of late and the things you will be doing to help increase it.

 

XoXo,
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4 TIPS TO USE WHEN YOU’RE GROWING SPIRITUALLY, YET YOUR PARTNER MAY NOT BE

By Jenna Clark

To all you spiritual gangsters out there, I hear ya!

Growing spiritually, or in other terms awakening your spirit is miraculous.

This is something that I have been deeply working on for the past couple of years. Spirituality is something that I steered away from because of growing up as a Catholic. Not that anything is wrong with this it just turned me off to any church and religion.

I was driven to other avenues and started Yoga Teacher Training. It was life changing! I will have to go more in depth at a later time. I have noticed as I raise my vibration people around me fall out of the picture. Which is very heartbreaking and I am someone who wants to fix things. I am realizing that, not that anyone is better than another, it is a good thing for some to fall away. This allows room for people who are also in the same mindset. Even though some that I felt would be around forever leave other’s start to come into your life who are healthier and a lot more powerful in mind!

Waking up and opening your eyes to Spirituality is fun and exciting.

You get to know who you are on a deeper level as well as the world around you. This is EPIC!

Since, I was a young girl I always felt like there was so much more in life. I never felt like I fit in and always thought deeper than my schoolmates and loved ones around me. I am starting to find others like me, including one of my teachers, Gabby Bernstein!

It is one of the toughest situations starting to grow and become closer to who you are. Your surroundings begin to change, your awareness and those around you start to shift and possibly leave.

For my personal journey, I am beginning to see that I am at this point. Losing those that I thought were my friends and it is also testing my current relationships.

So, how can you better yourself and grow yet also maintain a relationship?

Honestly, I can’t say.

Sorry, I am in the same spot as you may be. BUT! I have some tips that may help you out.

To begin,

Remember that you loved each other for non-spiritual reasons in the first place.

I am pretty sure when you first saw your mate, you were drawn to them for different reasons like similar hobbies, events, or love.

Eventually, you fell so deeply for this person and now we are here!

PS: you may be going through a spiritual awakening or growing, yet that does NOT change anything about your relationship. It was already built before this new you!

On to the next,

Do NOT ever ever ever ever ever think lesser of them.

Once I started learning about healthier eating habits and life choices I shoved it down everyone’s face. I really lost a lot of “friends”. Whoops.

It is great knowledge. It is exciting and enjoyable. Some people are just not ready for its awesomeness. Which is FINE!

I am guilty. Looking down on those around me because their vibration wasn’t raised or raising like mine. I didn’t mean it in a mean way though. In my heart, I just wanted them to have a bite out of the spiritual cookie and enjoy life too.

This is a great time to reflect back on the religious figures, in whatever religion you choose not bias here, and remember how their stories were written.

They preformed incredible miracles and were so vibrationally powerful. Yet, they still lived amongst the poor and healed those who may not have been deserving in other’s minds. Remember to keep yourself humble and grounded.

Invite them to do the new things you enjoy.

Have you ever just asked if they wanted to participate? I may have been judgemental towards my ex- boyfriend when I started to practice yoga. “He totally should be doing this, I feel so much better after and gain more flexibility.” Did I ever ask him?

Maybe once or twice. Looking back now I know that my words were wrapped in fear and judgement. I was judging myself and reflecting it upon him. I felt I couldn’t ask him to join me in my weird voodoo witchcraft because he wouldn’t love me anymore.

Hault! Put on the breaks!

This attitude, this mindset, was all a reflection on my own feelings. There are times now his friends tell him about an issue they are having and he refers them to me. He loves me for me! Even if he calls my actions voodoo or that I am his little witch. I am now comfortable in who I am and what I am doing that I embrace it!

Reminder: we are individuals. Haven’t we been told time and time again to be our own person. Not to conform? Well that is pretty much what you are asking. So Stop it!

Don’t push the issue.

I am definitely not saying to not talk. This is you. You must be open, calm, loving, and inviting. It can hurt when they reject you. Do Not Take Things Personally.

(Read the Four Agreements)

Spirituality is not like a religion that pins you with a responsibility to convert every person you know and meet.

Spirituality is a very personal journey, and if the one you love doesn’t want to join in this adventure, don’t push the issue.

I was feeling upset about this topic, yet with just a small amount of willingness to let go I have been able to separate from feeling offended and judged by my ex-boyfriend. I practice this with my fiance now and I have seen changes in him because I am practicing patience and kindness towards him and myself.

What a beautiful thing!

Until next time Lovelies!

XoXo,

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Self-Love: Become Your Own Soul Mate

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Over the years I have been on a downward spiral of depression, loneliness and addictions. Within the past two years I have been working towards something I have heard a lot about yet never knew how to achieve it or what the fuck those guru people were talking about. That is correct. I am talking about SELF-LOVE.

Is it real? Yes.

Is it obtainable? Yes.

Is it really a life changer? Yes.

I am not sure when it began, yet I really noticed my low self esteem and neediness for outside attention within my high school career. My addiction  to relationships and attention from anyone grew. I was unaware.

Now, a relationship is NEVER the answer to loneliness and especially not to receive attention. Yet, who is around us to tell us that when we are 10 years old. The feelings of emptiness, unhappiness, depression and self-hate took over my body and mind without me even being aware of it.

I have to say, looking at my life as an outsider you would never see or even imagine the inner turmoil I was going through. It is really hard to explain as well if you have never felt this way yourself.

 

 

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

I am not saying this goes for everyone, though for myself I would be in a relationship the beginning is euphoric. We are inseparable and looked at as a “power couple.” I was already picking out wedding dresses, homes, and what we were going to be naming our first child.

It never failed a couple months to some years down the road the relationship inevitably began it’s total self destruction. It may have not been the same problem. Yet, it literally felt just like the last break up. These were deeply rooted ingrained patterns.

Most people tend to create a new relationship based not on what they really want, but in what they perceive they are lacking. We look outside of ourselves to become happy. “When I find Someone, I will be happy, satisfied, fulfilled…..Fill in the blank”.

I know a lot of people may be able to relate that when we do find that “special” someone, it is exciting and breathtaking for a few months or years. This is a band aid. Those horrible monsters from our past start to poke their ugly heads from the sewers and from under our beds. Yet, they are not Mike Wazowski and Sulley from Monster, Inc.

We start blaming our partners for our loneliness, depression, self-hate and our unhappiness. We may even start to resent and hate our partner. Our partner may do the same to us.

Our relationships are mirror images of how we feel of ourselves.

This is not what you were looking for!

Let me hit it to you straight. Something I am still battling with everyday. NOTHING outside of ourselves, no relationship, no food, no drug, no alcohol….NOTHING will bring you true happiness, fulfillment or peace of heart.

You are your own hero, your own lover, your own answer to all of your prayers, and your own TRUE LOVE.

So, what the fuck do you do?

I’ve heard it time and time again from every damn self help book out there. “Can’t love anyone unless you love yourself first”. Okay. So, how do I love myself. I think I do.

Well, today is the day to become your one true love! Start to love every aspect of yourself, including the dark ones. Start to appreciate and love YOU. Your personality, your face, your crazy hair, your body, your mind; become your own best friend.

Find out what nourishes your soul, be it a walk in the park, painting, writing, reading, exercising, yoga, singing, etc. 

 

Start to embrace all that you are.

Stop looking to the outside to fill up your love tank. YOU are the treasure you have been looking for. So, stop your searching lovely!

Now to find ways to start your self-love journey. Honestly, I am still on mine and finding new ways that I am okay with. I have tried many that didn’t work for me. Or that I did for a while yet then fell off and slid right back into self-sabotage and hatred towards myself.

Begin by nurturing yourself. If you are like me you enjoy making others happy. You again are going outside of yourself to find “love”. Take time for yourself and tell people “NO”. What do you like to do? Start small and make sure to honor your time.

Meditate!

This is an incredible way to increase trust and love within yourself.

Begin with just 2 minutes of silence. This does not mean you can’t have things floating in your mind. Just breathe.

You can never be lonely when you actually listen, breathe, talk and feel your own spirit. The easiest way to get there is by meditating. Deep soul searching is met by meditating.

Once you find who you truly are and where you want to be is when a relationship will be satisfying. Only when two people have found themselves and are willing to see that they are individual souls that come together for their own journeys, their own thoughts, and their own lessons. Never be afraid that someone will leave you or go away. People have their own free will. A slave cannot be in a loving relationship.

Two free people in a relationship can soar.

If you are in a relationship or not, allow both of you to be free. Let them shine. Let you shine. You are the transformation the world needs to see. Both of you have your own journey to follow and pursue. You must have soul freedom and stop behaviors that are energetically demanding, fearing and draining.

There are people that are placed within our lives for specific reasons. Usually to teach us a new way. They are our angels on our path that brings us awareness to the areas we need to shed love and light on. We also are put into their lives so that we can also shed some light in areas that might be buried deep inside.

If you work on yourself you will begin to notice relationships, situations and life will change drastically around you.

If you currently are not with someone you will attract some one who vibrates at the same level as you are. You will attract better relationships in general as well as situations within your work, family, friends, etc. You cannot change anyone you can only change yourself.

Surround yourself with people, things, and thoughts with high vibration. These will give off light and love which will strengthen and nourish you. These are the connections you have always dreamed of, which are all possible now that you have found YOU!

For more help, take a look at Gabrielle Bernstein‘s titles Spirit Junkie, May Cause Miracles, and Add more -ing to your life. These are the newest self help books I have undergone for 2016 and she is magnificent! I also recommend her Miracle Membership!

XoXo,

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