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EVOLVING THE SOUL continued...

ASK YOURSELF SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

• Next, while breathing slowly and deeply, take each thought pattern, emotion, item, and memory that holds your attention and pose these questions: • Do I need this? Is it essential or redundant and burdensome? • Does it serve me? Is it helpful, useful, and joyful or irritating, harmful, and toxic? • Am I attached to it? Can I let it go, being open to new experiences? • By holding on will a memory perpetuate? Does the memory serve my goals? • If I’m uncomfortable or confused, not ready to let go, what will tip the scale? If you feel anxious, stop being hard on yourself and instead ask these questions: Is that situation relevant now or am I blowing it out of proportion? Was that situation in or out of my control? Is there unfinished business that needs to be addressed? What is in my control

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to change? Will it help me with ship with yourself. You’ll retain what supports your self-care, closure? self-respect, and self-worth in LIST YOUR UNPRODUCTIVE stead of stagnant, self-defeating THOUGHTS, THEN emotional patterns. Plus, you’ll REPLACE THEM retain people in your life who One way to help change dis- support and encourage your perempowering or old thoughts is sonal growth, giving you energy by creating a list. Take a sheet instead of blocking you with of paper, making two columns. dysfunctional vortices, manipuIn the left column, write down lative dynamics, and outdated unproductive thoughts. Each scripts. You’ll create a more baltime this memory comes up, re- anced work-life, viewing your place it with a productive one. life and work with invigorating Have compassion for yourself and inspiring gratitude. You’ll be and those involved, not pity or open to a range of opportunities hate. Don’t fool yourself. You that fill your life with nurturing are in control of your emotions truth, gratitude, humility, joy, and resilience. You are in con- and well-being. It could be jourtrol of you. It’s true that many naling, mid-day napping, walkof life’s changes are bewildering, ing briskly, smelling the aromas heart breaking, and even physi- of the seasons, learning to play cally challenging, but your life an instrument, or learning a doesn’t stop. The goal is to strive new dance style. And it could be for gratitude and tranquility to- cherishing simple things, such wards the experience, the old as breathing slowly, calmly. story, and recognize how everyone involved strengthened your SIMPLIFY YOUR psyche’s muscle. De-cluttering your mind ELECTRONIC INPUT also improves your relation- Simply turn off your phone.

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