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Mindfulness: Developing Spiritual Awareness Through Meditation and Prayer – Spiritual Article

 It’s not always easy to sit down and meditate, but practice makes perfect! If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t do silent or meditative prayer, this video is for you. In it, I go over some simple methods to warm up to silent prayer exercises that build on mindfulness. Mindfulness, explained simply, is about focusing our awareness on the present. Often, it’s confused with an idea that claims that we ought to find peace by completely clearing our minds —…

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What Is Consciousness? Measuring Consciousness with EEG & fMRI – Meditation Article

May 19, 2020 We inherently know what it means to be conscious, yet we have a difficult time explaining it… so what exactly is consciousness?  Throughout history (and still to this day), philosophers and scientists have not fully understood human consciousness.  Back in the 1600s, philosophers believed that the mind was completely separate from the rest of the physical body, but since then large bodies of research have proven a deep connection between the mind and body.  According to the Canadian…

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How to Practice Metta for a Troubled Time – Meditation Article

Mushim Patricia Ikeda teaches us how to generate loving-kindness and good will as an antidote to hatred and fear. Illustrations by Tomi Um. Metta meditation is not a magical spell you can cast on the population of the U.S. in order to produce a state of utopian bliss. It is not a cure-all for oppression and the unequal distribution of power and privilege. Metta meditation doesn’t work like that. It’s about being determined, courageous, and patient in purifying your own…

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How to create & influence your dreams – Meditation Article

May 29, 2020 What is Lucid Dreaming? Have you ever waken up in your sleep only to find out that you were actually still asleep and dreaming?  Lucid dreaming is the “phenomenon of becoming aware of the fact that one is dreaming during ongoing sleep” (1).  It means that you are an active member of your dreaming experience and can also potentially change outcomes in your dreams.  It appears that you are in a different level of consciousness than when…

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Prayer During A Pandemic – It Can Be Challenging! – Spiritual Article

Don’t know about you, but I’ve needed a lot of help with prayer during the Coronavirus pandemic. Practices that used to draw me closer to God suddenly were flat at a time I felt I needed God the most! Many other people are having this same experience: more time on their hands to slow down and consider their contemplative life with God, yet not feeling able to. And there could be many factors making this the case. What I share…

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How to Get Rich in the Kindness Economy – Self Improvement Article

My friend said that wearing a mask added an unexpected challenge to her grocery shopping experience: nobody can see you smile. She had always depended on a polite smile to smooth over shopping-cart traffic jams and accidental incursions of personal space, and now this versatile social tool was unavailable. I discovered a similar problem on my first silent retreat. I had a habit of saying “Oh, sorry!” whenever I thought I might be in someone’s way, but we’d all taken…

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Blog – Philadelphia Career Expert Rita Friedman – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Thanks so much to everyone who voted! I’m pleased to announce that Rita Friedman, Certified Career Coach, is the winner of the Career Services category for the Philly Happening List – Philadelphia’s Best for 2020! It’s an honor to be recognized and I really appreciate it. This is only a snippet of a Career Development, Self Improvement Article written by Read Full Article

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How to deal with change and build self confidence – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

What is your purpose in life? Are you struggling with change and self confidence? Are you missing fulfillment in life or your career? Look no further because help is here!   Andy Thomas–leading career/life coach in the southeast, motivational speaker, and author–will be presenting Andy defines the blueprint for handling change and finding fulfillment in your life (both personally and professionally). By sharing his broadcasting experience and case studies from extensive career coaching, Andy will motivate and inspire you to…

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What Careers Are Out There for Individuals Who Love Fashion? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

What Careers Are Out There for Individuals Who Love Fashion? | Expert Career Change & Leadership Development CoachSharon serves clients in and around Apex, Asheville, Burlington, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point, Jacksonville, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sharon has a virtual practice and serves other cities including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bloomington,…

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Sara Christensen, Owner of the Lady Jane Shop – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

What brought you to this career?Originally, I studied to be a teacher, but after two years of never quite feeling at home in my work, I wanted to try something completely different.  Retail is a great mix of things that I enjoy: working with people and cultivating a space where others feel welcome and (I hope!) find the perfect card to mail, something special for their home, or a unique + handmade gift for a friend.What is your most memorable experience…

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Is Your College Student Home Unexpectedly? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Parenting right now is hard, really hard. Do you have a college student who is home now, due to the stay-at-home situation, and seems to have little direction or motivation, since their world has been turned upside down? Don’t lose hope!Sometimes it’s easier said than done to stay positive when we don’t know what the future holds. You, yourself, may be feeling anything but positive. So how can you help your son or daughter use this time effectively – for his/her…

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The Crisis, Acknowledging Change & Monitoring Psychological Resources. – Marla Gottschalk – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

  No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. – Heraclitus You can now read The Core File newsletter at LinkedIn. Notes Part A. We all have our own predisposition toward change. This likely colors our initial response toward disruption in both life or work. Although we might adapt to our surroundings with time — I’m unsure we emerge on the other side the same as we…

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Praying the Ignatian Examen: Video Guided Prayer Exercise – Spiritual Article

Cultivating a relationship with God can be hard in the midst of our busy lives, and that’s why Ignatius of Loyola came up with the Examen in the 16th Century. His monks tired of all the different prayers they had to do every day, so the brilliant Ignatius came up with one prayer they could practice just three times a day. The Examen is a contemplative prayer with a somewhat scientific approach: it’s a practice repeated at least once daily…

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How to Take a Break from Your Mind – Self Improvement Article

Movies frequently scared me when I was a kid. Certain moments in Gremlins, The Secret of Nimh, and even Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory made my insides clench with fear. It was the worst of all feelings. Most other kids seemed completely unperturbed by these movies, which created the additional pressure, in certain birthday party or sleepover situations, of having to pretend I was totally not scared and in fact was quite enjoying myself. While I wasn’t brave, I…

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Blog – Philadelphia Career Expert Rita Friedman – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

If you’re lucky, you might be working from home right now. Even for people who are used to working from home, though, it might suddenly look and feel and sound a lot different. Philadelphia Magazine’s Laura Brzyski shares eight tips on how to manage some kind of balance in her new article “Working From Home Can Mean You Never Stop Working,” and I was happy to contribute a couple of ideas. (And for the record, I agree, pet cameos are…

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Take The Long View – Self Improvement Article

In 2011, on a tour of Mauna Kea’s summit, I looked at Saturn through a large reflecting telescope and it blew my mind. When you’ve seen a thousand pictures of something, you feel like you’ve seen it before. What I saw through the eyepiece was entirely new. I expected another picture of Saturn, but instead I saw a real object—a small, grey-orange ball, fixed in the center of a perfect, razor-flat ring. I could even sense the empty, airless space…

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At Home in London with Nina Campbell – Lifestyle Article

With an international following and commissions around the world, Nina Campbell is one of the industry’s most well known and respected designers. And while you may know Nina’s work and products, what you may not be familiar with is her fabulous wit and sense of humor. Bat an eye and you miss a pithy quip. Her energetic, insightful and amusing banter is both entertaining and enlightening. So I am delighted you have the opportunity to join me and Susanna for a visit with Nina at home…

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Phishing and Malware and Spyware, Oh My! – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Career Development Partners is an equity owner of Career Partners International and the only CPI partner for Oklahoma and Arkansas. As part of our network  Career Partners International  and its global partners, we are at the forefront of technological advances as well as threats. As your partners, we want to bring awareness that during this COVID period, we are seeing an increase in Phishing, Malware, Spyware, and emails that could include an audio file as if you are receiving a Voicemail…

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4 Ways to Flourish in the Midst of Chaos – Spiritual Article

Geri joins me in this podcast as we share four ways to transition from surviving to flourishing during this COVID-19 pandemic. Using the framework of a Rule of Life (an intentional tool to help us remain in the center of God’s love), we share ways to structure our days amidst our involuntary isolation. Looking at the four areas of prayer, rest, relationships and work, we provide examples from our own lives to stimulate your thinking before God so you can…

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Calm in the Chaos: A Survival Guide – Meditation Article

March 18, 2020 Let’s just pause and take a collective, audible *EXHALE*  Uncertainty and stress are bubbling up in all of our lives to various degrees given the current global health pandemic, and we are all experiencing this together.  Though we don’t know exactly what the future holds, you do have an opportunity to take this stressful time one day at a time – doing what you can to keep yourself healthy, calm, and connected.   To help you find a…

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Mindfulness, Mental Health, and COVID-19 – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Mindfulness, Mental Health, and COVID-19 | Expert Career Change & Leadership Development CoachSharon serves clients in and around Apex, Asheville, Burlington, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point, Jacksonville, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wake Forest, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sharon has a virtual practice and serves other cities including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, New York, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bloomington, Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, Sacramento, California,…

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Dave Kenee, DDS, Valley Endodontics – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

What brought you to this career?I started college with the intent to pursue medical school.  A chance conversation with a fraternity brother who was in dental school stimulated me to consider dentistry.  My research convinced me that this would be a preferable career pathway.  I began shadowing a local dentist one day a week, which strengthened my belief that this was something that I was interested in.What is your most memorable experience in your career?The day I found out I…

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Wild Times – Keep Your Head Up! – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

We are all in this together. Remember, this will not be our ‘normal’ forever. Most of us find ourselves and our families hunkering down at home, during these uncertain times. It’s an adjustment to say the least. We are feeling a lot of things: uneasy, stressed, unbalanced and confused. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and become paralyzed in our decision-making. How can we pivot – and use this time as an opportunity to grow, reprioritize, rebalance, and even try something…

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Online Meditation Groups – One Mind Dharma – Meditation Article

Online Meditation Groups (Last Updated On: March 23, 2020)With all of the closures of various meditation centers due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have received messages from many people looking for resources to continue their practice. Although sitting in person with a community is perhaps your preferred way to interact with a community, there are options available to continue practicing online. If you have an offering or know of an offering we are missing on our list, please let us…

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Social Distancing and Spiritual Dirction in the Age of COVID-19 – Spiritual Article

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is changing how we have meaningful conversations and gatherings — yes, even spiritual direction sessions for a while. Leading experts in the fields of immunology and medicine are advising us to practice “social distancing,” which merely means you are very careful about getting physically close to people when in groups or crowds. It does slow down the spread of the virus, which is great, but we still need to be able to communicate with one another,…

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4 Lessons That Burnout Can Teach Us About Productivity – Marla Gottschalk – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Jack Seeds @UnsplashHave you ever considered stepping away from something you love? A task that you previously enjoyed — but in the present not as much? A team? A role? An organization? I realize the question may seem counter-intuitive. Why would we consider doing that? Yet, this is precisely what may need to happen. Most of us deliver value to our clients or customers because we love our work and are committed to progress. However, loving an element of your…

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The Pantry Project – Self Improvement Article

When I assembled my supplies for hiking New Zealand’s Milford Track, I made a miscalculation that’s funny in hindsight but sure wasn’t at the time. It was a four-day trek, and my food strategy was to keep things small, cheap, and utilitarian. For some reason I decided to base my menu around a sporty-person meal replacement bar called “One Square Meal.” My luxury dinner items were spaghetti and pesto sauce, and I rounded things out with a dense loaf of…

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Daily Lent Prayer: Discernment Through Ignation Examen – Spiritual Article

Put simply, Lent is a Christian season during which we honor the sacrifice Jesus made with a sacrifice of our own. Usually, whatever it is we let go is something that’s good for us, something that clears our heads and bodies, enabling us to feel better and find a deeper relationship with the Spirit. We can do this by giving up certain foods like meat or desserts, or replacing time watching TV with time spent in prayer. For the latter…

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Prayer Walk: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

The Prayer Walk is a physical prayer. If you’re new to physical, body-oriented prayers, an introduction is in order. Our perception of the world and our bodies change with each other, even if we don’t know it. Our bodies react to stressful situations by increasing heart rate and breath, and sweating, even though we’re not doing any physical activity. We tend to unconsciously stand taller with better posture when we’re feeling confident, maybe in new clothes or after nailing a…

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Blog – Philadelphia Career Expert Rita Friedman – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

1/21/2020 0 Comments   0 Comments Leave a Reply. Subscribe to the Blog by Email About Me: “I’m a certified career coach based in Philadelphia. I started my own practice to help people land their dream jobs and achieve their individual definitions of success. I also keep this blog with my musings on changes in the employment landscape, advice for job seekers, links to other career-related articles, and anything else that catches my interest.” Archives January 2020 December 2019 July…

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