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Listening is Enough

I always told my university students that the most important part of communication is listening. In the public speaking class for instance, students spent about 10 minutes presenting. The rest…

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Permission to slow down in my self-talk

  My business partner Frances and I were often asked why we had decided to call our PR agency Turtle & Hare. Our answer was that sometimes in our business…

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How do you want to feel this year?

To mark the beginning of a new year, I participated in an African dance of gratitude called Akiba. What fun! With movement and words, the teacher encouraged us to leave…

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Making healthy new changes with Self-talk: How a teacher stopped smoking

I am always very interested in hearing stories of how people use self-talk in their everyday lives to love, guide or encourage themselves. Margaret is a retired teacher and grand-mother.…

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Choose words that lead towards the light

My friend Kathleen told me what we say to ourselves is either life-affirming – brings you more of the good stuff like love, calm, compassion – or it is life-denying…

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The power in telling yourself you are done

    “I am done!”   I have felt power each time I have declared this to myself.   This kind of declaration often came from a dark place:  I was in…

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Listening to your body for more joy and better health

Donna-Lynne Larson is the director, producer and writer of a beautiful and insightful documentary called Walk Talk Dance Sing: the movie about thyroid disease. The basic message of the movie:…

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Self-talk is a lot about listening to yourself

Knock, knock. There is a messenger at the door. I think I’ll ignore her. KNOCK, KNOCK. “Maryse, open up!” The messenger gets louder. I’m still not interested in opening the…

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Don’t be your own frenemy in your self-talk

    I once had a telephone conversation with a woman I had known as a student on a day I was sad. I had recently had a miscarriage and…

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There is No Better Time Than Now For Self-care

  I heard a French song on the radio this morning by Sandrine Kiberlain. She sang about caring for herself and running herself a bath, sending herself flowers, and keeping…

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