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Life Beyond: A Q&A with Intuitive Medium Susan Grau
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes — At Best Self, we’re always questioning: How can we live more fully? Are we living with purpose? Is there meaning to our journey beyond our physical existence? So when we learned of Susan Grau’s work as an intuiti
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Fighting War with Silence
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — In Hyderabad, India, from December 29, 2023 to January 13, 2024, a historic and unprecedented event unfolded. Ten thousand people from across the globe participated in an experiment to create peace in the world th
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Internal Balance and the Power Inside You
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Most of us strive to be happy loving people. Our tendency to look outside ourselves to find acceptance, safety, love, and completion can misdirect our energies, and have us searching for the pathway to meaning in
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Balancing Act: What I Learned from Letting Go of a Lifetime of Accumulated Possessions
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — When my wife passed away in 2017, I needed to downsize from a house to an apartment. I was too overwhelmed by grief and the complications of life to think clearly about much of anything. So I filled three storage
Best Self Magazine6 min read
Creating Your Chosen Family
— Although the tinsel, the fairy lights, and the fa-la-la of the holiday season are meant to uplift, December is actually a tough time for many people. One survey found that more than half of Americans in 2022 felt sad and lonely during the holidays,
Best Self Magazine3 min readCrime & Violence
An Invitation to Peace
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes — We live in a world where war coverage is live, social media keyboard warriors are loud and fierce, and racism and “anti-thisism” and “anti-thatism” ring loudly in our ears. Every day, we are bombarded with negativ
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Success & Unworthiness: A Lifelong Struggle with Low Self-Confidence
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes — I have thought a lot about how I went from low self-esteem at age 15 to…well, low self-esteem at age 78. This admittedly does not make the kind of narrative arc that publishers respond to. But however little progr
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Nurturing Self-Care in Kids: Activities for Resetting, Refreshing, and Preparing
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — In today’s fast-paced world, the concept of self-care is often touted as essential for adults. However, what many might overlook is the importance of this practice for the younger generation. Just as we, as adults
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Surviving Purity Culture: Moving Beyond the Cloud of Shame and Guilt Toward Liberation
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — A dark cloud of shame hovered over me for many years. As thunder roared and rain poured down, I imagined God was angry with me. He threw things in Heaven and cried for everything I did wrong. Because I lost my vir
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Creating A Culture Of Mental Health And Wellbeing Within The Workplace
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Mental health and wellbeing in the work environment is being discussed around the world in new ways. In these turbulent times, many people suffer from depression and anxiety, which makes the conversation of mental
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Loving Life Now: A Survival Guide for Aging…and Actually Enjoying It
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — The other day a friendly person at the store said, “Hello there, young man.” He was just being friendly, but I thanked him and said what I believe to be true: I am getting old. Online, all the time, I see comments
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Creating a Harmonious World Through a Coherence of Consciousness
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes — The disastrous climactic conditions prevailing on earth are signs of Nature’s distress. These effects have been caused mainly by human activities such as harmful decisions and selfish aims. The worldwide shifts in
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Navigating Uncertainty And Embracing Change With The Wisdom Of The I Ching
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — Change is one of the most challenging aspects of life — whether it’s moving, losing a job, ending a relationship, coping with illness, or facing the loss of a loved one. Most of us have a really hard time with it.
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What’s Your Superpower? (Need a Little Inspiration? Ask a Child)
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Walking along the ocean’s edge on a cool, sunny morning, I saw the sweetest thing. A little girl, about four years old, in a ruffly pink swimsuit with a matching pink bucket and shovel, was drawing on the sand. Sh
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It’s Complicated: Being a Woman, Jewish, and Gay
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Martin was soft-spoken and had touched a soft spot in my heart. I didn’t know much about him, but I knew he was mourning the recent death of his mother. I also knew that a physical injury, the reason he sought my
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From the Ashes of Addiction: How Alcoholics Anonymous Saved My Life
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — “I would not be where I am today had it not been for who I was before.” Just over 20 years ago, I walked into the Chairman’s office, told him I was an alcoholic, and resigned as CEO of the Nasdaq-listed company I’d
Best Self Magazine5 min read
Becoming Myself: Making Peace with a Traumatic Childhood
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes — We cannot control all that happens to us, but we can choose how we react to those struggles. I’m inspired to share with others how we can look at life, the glass half-empty or half-full, and find peace in the effo
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Cooking With Kids: Tips To Engage Your Children In The Art And Joy Of Food
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes — Do you remember when you first stepped foot in the kitchen as a kid? The yummy smells, the sizzle of the food, and the excitement of making something yourself. Those moments were pure magic, and they can ignite a
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Trauma & Tapping: The Path to Emotional Healing & Freedom with EFT
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes — Have you ever found fulfillment in any solution outside of yourself? Think back to when you felt angry. Did throwing or yelling help solve the problem? The answer is probably not. It may feel good at the time, bu
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Trauma and Betrayal: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — My story of teenage seduction by a teacher is all too common – and no doubt far more than we realize. Whether it is a teacher, coach, family member, priest, or someone else in a position of power, this kind of bet
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Rising From The Ashes: 10 Things I’ve Learned In My Journey To Sobriety
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes — Have you ever hit rock bottom and lost everything? Has the reality of what you have been choosing in your life and what it was destroying ever hit you right between the eyes? That’s a big yes for me, but let’s ba
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Collective Karma: What Is It and How Can We Work With It to Contribute to a Better World?
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Karma is the eternal law of cause and effect. It teaches that for every action you take, there is an eventual and inescapable effect to that action. Karma is generated with every thought, word, act, and deed. It c
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The Power of Gratitude: How Practicing Gratitude Enriches Your Life and Tips for Getting Started
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — Expressing gratitude is at the top of nearly every self-help and happiness authors’ lists of practices for wellbeing. One of the most powerful habits you can develop is to be grateful and express your gratitude. I
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That Which Makes Your Fall is That Which Makes Your Rise
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes — [Excerpted from The Luminous Self, Chapter 1, by Tracee Stanley] How did I find myself in my bathroom naked, covered in egg yolk, banging on a drum, screaming and shouting at the top of my lungs? I had just crack
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A Dialog with Lakshmi: The Goddess of Abundance
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — I was recently gifted a small brass statue of the goddess Lakshmi. I am sure many of you have seen her before. She is a woman with four arms sitting in lotus style who appears in many Indian prints, pictures, and
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Breaking Away from Perfectionism
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes — I meet hundreds of women, through my work as an author and speaker, who are ready for their next level of impact, yet they sit on the edge, contemplating if they are “ready enough.” Like me, these women evaluate e
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Choosing Your Path Anew Each Day
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes — [Excerpted from A New Universal Dream by Steve Farrell] As part of the conscious path, it’s important for each of us to look inward and figure out what we most treasure about our own lives. You need to define pros
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Pillow Talk: A Nod to Our Stalwart Companions
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes — I start most of my days with a phone call to my mom. I never take for granted that many of my friends have lost their moms, and I am grateful every day when she picks up the phone, singing her “hello.” On this par
Best Self Magazine9 min read
Life Is Good: A Perspective on Gratitude
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes — When my kids were young, I was always reminding them that they needed to put their “problems” in the proper perspective. What was I really telling them? I was saying that they needed to be more appreciative of th
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Self-Responsibility and Healing After Abandonment
— Abandonment can affect us deeply—parents’ divorce, death of close family member, neglectful caregivers, or a significant other. It can make us feel as if there is something innately wrong with us; that we’re not good enough for anyone or anything.
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