Happiness is a Product of Realization

Submitted by Sammi Siegel

Clinical psychologists believe that happiness is a product of realization. One must allow oneself to go through a process to feel happiness. They explain the following phase:

Accept the Pains. You must get in touch with your situation. Sometimes people deny their hardship, thinking that if they don’t face them, they will be happier. But it’s the other way around. Allow yourself to go through the pains.

Choose Not to Stay in Pain. They say this is “self-empowerment.” You ...

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Spirituality, Wellness, and IBD

In other articles, I talk about the “mind-body” connection; how our emotional well-being certainly has an impact on our physical well-being. But what about our spiritual well being? Many people suggest that a “mind-body-spirit” connection does exist. Without getting too technical, many recent research studies support the notion that spiritual perceptions, activities, and practices may indeed, lead to modulations of the physiology, biochemistry, and emotional response.

As a psychotherapist within a health and wellness paradigm, I not only acknowledge ...

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Blessings for a New Year

May you be blessed with sudden insights and inspiration,
May you be graced with quiet moments of simplicity and reflection,
May you be supported by your loved ones when you need them,
May you be a source of strength to those around you,
May you receive embraces from parents, children, and long lost friends,
May you cry at a good movie with a person you love,
May you read a newspaper and react to injustice- both in mind and deed,
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We All Yearn To Belong

It happened on a train into Manhattan. I was sitting with my children in a cluster of seats facing each other. The girls were making bracelets out of rubber bands, and the boys were on my lap, looking at pictures on my phone. An older woman sitting across from us periodically glanced over and smiled. As we were about to go into the tunnel to Grand Central, she seemed to be staring at my youngest daughter.
“I can tell that ...

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12 Symptoms of Spiritual Awakening

1. An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

2. Frequent attacks of smiling.

3. Feelings of being connected with others and nature.

4. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

5. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.

6. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

7. A loss of ability to worry.

8. A loss of interest in conflict.

9. A loss of interest in interpreting the ...

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Intentional Acts of Kindness

The kindness we offer ourselves and others affects what happens in the very next moment

Although kindness can be misunderstood as an ineffectual or even superficial nicety, it’s neither. Like many amazing practices I’ve learned through mindfulness training, kindness is inspiring, powerful, courageous and wise. It’s also disarming, compelling and transformative. In any given moment, the kindness you offer to yourself or to others affects what happens in the very next moment.

Like mindfulness itself, kindness is a natural ...

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