Are you ruled by the ego?

ruled by the ego

One of the main signs you’re being led by your ego is the need to always be right.  In most cases this is involuntary, and it’s especially hard to notice if you’re not aware of how the ego operates. The ego is something we create.  It’s a combination of all the beliefs we have about who we are.  These are constructed beliefs …

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Natural products to ease anxiety

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First thing in the morning Positivitea does just what it says on the tin.  It brings you up and keeps you feeling happy throughout the day.  Their teabags are all ethically sourced and contain only natural ingredients, ranging from marshmallow leaves, to Ajwain seeds to chilli.  They’re a delicious alternative to coffee in the morning if you’re someone whose anxiety is sparked by too …

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The Lions Barber Collective

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Hairdressing school doesn’t teach you about counter transference, projection, negative reinforcement or personality disorders.  Nor does it dabble in the more recognisable mental health issues – depression and anxiety, which is a shame really, because most men feel comfortable talking to their barbers. There’s just the right levels of familiarity and detachment.  Why burden your friends with your woes when you can …

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Addiction and ibogaine

Shea Prueger struggled with heroin addiction for six years. Her failed attempts at withdrawing from heroin led her to a final resort, ibogaine, a psychoactive plant medicine from West Africa. She has been sober ever since and now helps heal others using ibogaine. “I was a little bit wild I guess. I’d just moved to New York. I was bored …

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Yoga is not about bliss

Yoga has a corner market on feel good words.  I recently had a massage therapist tell me we were both in the ‘feel good industry’.  But yoga isn’t all about feeling good… The promise of ‘enlightenment’ tends to make us think we will be more spiritual, and this somehow means we’ll be a little less freakish about time, our kids, …

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Ibogaine psychotherapy

What if you could take a pill to heal the past.  A one-shot medicine to make you a better, more spiritually-aware person.  Would you take it? Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid derived from the African shrub Iboga.  The Bwity, a religious sect in West Africa, gives this plant medicine to the children in a coming of age ceremony.  It is extreme. …

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