The Joan of Arc Complex

Written by Skye Thomas

Sometimes I think that I have a mental health problem and that at any minuterepparttar pharmaceutical companies are going to develop a cute little green star-shaped pill to cure me of my ailment. I call it my Joan of Arc Complex. You see, I hear voices that I'm pretty sure aren't mine and they tell me to go out and do these stupid saverepparttar 122314 world projects. I call them THEY or THEM because they refuse to give me a more accurate name to call them. So, I must be crazy.

I've spent a lot of years analyzingrepparttar 122315 heck out of this topic. Here arerepparttar 122316 eerie facts. I have no control whatsoever as to when and how THEY show up. I am absolutely convinced that THEY are something separate from me, my 'Higher Self,' or my imagination. I have no influence over THEM and what THEY believe. THEY have a higher accuracy rate at predicting my future than most ofrepparttar 122317 psychics I know. THEY refuse to 'serve' me and do not require that I 'serve' THEM. We are both free to endrepparttar 122318 relationship at any time. Therefore, I believe THEY are real.

I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out who or what THEY are. When I ask, THEY typically just chuckle and say something cosmically vague like, "We arerepparttar 122319 light before it shines,repparttar 122320 medicine before it cures,repparttar 122321 song before it's sung." Yeah great, that helps a lot, thanks guys. I've come to a place that for my own personal understanding and forrepparttar 122322 ability to be able to even talk about it to others, I call THEM angels. It 'feels' accurate. THEY are not opposed to such titles. Apparently THEY have been referred to as such for quite some time now and THEY seem to think it's a rather quaint concept that we've used to wrap our heads aroundrepparttar 122323 idea of them.

So I hear angels telling me to go out and do good works. More than half of my articles are really their messages. I find myself sometimes in awe ofrepparttar 122324 things that I write. Sure it's all stuff that I think or believe, but often I didn't even know that I knew that stuff until it came out of me. It's likerepparttar 122325 book on overcoming fear and doubt caused by our inner-critic. I didn't have a clue what to say or why I even needed to write on that topic. But, as it came out day after day, I found myself amazed and strangely impressed that THEY took all of these seemingly separate ideas and beliefs that had been rattling around in my head and THEY pulled it all together into that book. Cool! I had no idea that I knew that much aboutrepparttar 122326 topic. I just sat there with my coffee cup every morning and asked THEM what did they want me to say. Next thing you know, there's this pretty cool book with some really nice tips and ideas. I had to learnrepparttar 122327 lessons of that book before I could even begin to dorepparttar 122328 other works THEY told me I was to do. Funny thing, telling someone you've written a book about overcoming fear and doubt but you're too chicken to submit it to a publisher! Beautiful irony.

Meditation: A Beginner's Guide

Written by Christin Snyder

Meditation: A Beginner's Guide by Christin Snyder

*The material presented in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or prevent any illness.

In my article “Self-Healing Basics” I briefly discussed meditation and it's important role in whole-being wellness. Meditation has an abundance of benefits, but can appear daunting to newcomers due torepparttar many misconceptions surrounding it. Through this series of articles I will explorerepparttar 122313 art of meditation in depth- addressing misconceptions, highlightingrepparttar 122314 benefits, answering frequently asked questions, and also sharing different techniques.

I believe very deeply inrepparttar 122315 power each person has to heal themselves. Meditation is one of several tools I teach to empower others on their quest for spiritual and personal growth. I have found that many who have comitted themselves to developingrepparttar 122316 practice have reported dramatic results. Many have shared with me an enhanced sense of purpose, reduced stress and anxiety levels, and other life altering changes. There are numerous types and styles of meditation, and with persistence and practice everyone can find one to benefit them.

Meditation Myths:

There are many misconceptions and generalizations in regards to meditation that unfortunately keep many people from trying it. Before going into all ofrepparttar 122317 benefits and techniques, I feel it is necessary to first address some of these issues. In doing so, I hope to provide a better understanding of just how simple and worthwhile meditation can be.

One common misunderstanding surrounding meditation isrepparttar 122318 belief that it is religious in nature. Although it is incorporated intorepparttar 122319 religious practice in many traditions, it is not in and of itself, religious in nature. Neither is it reserved to any one faith system. Many people from a variety of cultures and traditions successfully integrate meditation into their lives without conflict.

Another commonly held belief is that meditation requires a lot of time to achieve results, however, as I will demonstrate later on, it truly does not require hours of rigid daily practice to be effective. Most of us do have busy lives, and meditation is an act that can be effectively incorporated into any lifestyle. Is it a discipline? yes. It needs to be developed into a routine, much inrepparttar 122320 same way that walkingrepparttar 122321 dog or going torepparttar 122322 market are also established as routines. The benefits will be well worthrepparttar 122323 few minutes a day invested.

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