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Intrusive Thoughts

'I Wish He Was Taller'

Sheryl Paul | Posted 07.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

Whatever we water will grow. If we want the thoughts to stop growing, we must stop watering them, change the channel in our mind, and learn to focus our energy on what truly needs our attention. This is how we grow a different, and more peaceful, garden in our minds.

Anxiety Is A Game Of Whack-A-Mole

Sheryl Paul | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

That's why anxiety is a game of whack-a-mole: if you whack down one mole (thought) without addressing it from the root, another will quickly appear in its place.

Grief Neutralizes Thought

Sheryl Paul | Posted 06.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

The answers aren't in your head. They're in the undiscovered place inside, the well of Self that can only be accessed when you stop and find the courage to take your own hand and listen with kindness and curiosity to what needs to be felt and heard.

A Tale Of Two Moths, Dark Night Of The Soul, And Sexuality

Sheryl Paul | Posted 06.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

I met Andrea in my first round of Open Your Heart in May 2013. Every time she posted on the forum, I was moved and inspired by the depth and clarity...

Is My Partner Right for Me?

Sheryl Paul | Posted 06.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

One of the ego's sole missions is to try to control outcomes, so it thinks that if it can just answer this one question, it will successfully avoid a failure, which ego interprets as a mistake. And because ego doesn't hold the mindset that failures and mistakes are how we learn but instead believes that they're measures of our self-worth, it has no tolerance for mistakes.

Longing for Desire

Sheryl Paul | Posted 05.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

What composes the hymn of longing? What notes comprise the sonata that stirs the soul like a great piece of music, rising up from the depths of oneself like a hand that commands our attention until we grab hold?

Invite Anxiety to Tea

Sheryl Paul | Posted 05.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

If anxiety is denied, shamed, or judged, it often shows up at the back door, as what demands to be known will always find its way into awareness for ...

The Untrained Mind

Sheryl Paul | Posted 05.11.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sheryl Paul

If we act on every thought or feeling that darts through mind or heart we will be as untamed as a toddler. By contrast, when we learn to train the mind and discipline the heart, we learn to act from our values and commitments.

My Mental Illness and Explaining the Inexplicable

David Toussaint | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

There was a pattern developing. I began to realize that any obsession took over for a few weeks, clogged my brain like red-horn-blaring cement, took away freedom of mind, and then dissipated, like when a fever breaks.

Anxiety Is Inherent to Motherhood, and That's Not All Bad

Carly Snyder, MD | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Carly Snyder, MD

The 'What Ifs' of motherhood can boil down to instinctual anxiety about our children's safety, the drive to protect, and awareness that we can't stave off every hazard. Anxiety is often considered the enemy, something to be avoided. However, in many ways, maternal predisposition to anxiety can be seen as a positive, adaptive process.

How to Help Stop Negative Thoughts

Jon Wortmann | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

When the negative thoughts come, sit with them. Wait out the pain, at least at first. By journaling, talking to a friend, or meditating, discern what in life needs a little more attention. That will often allow your mind to go back to a more peaceful place.

How My Dreams of Blissful Motherhood Became a Nightmare

Susie Gamboa | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Susie Gamboa

About six weeks after I have birth, I started a rapid decline into a state of complete misery. I would stare at the blank wall, sometimes for an hour straight, listening to the negative thoughts circulating in my mind.

Pretty Much Everyone Experiences Unwanted Thoughts From Time To Time, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Having many intrusive, unwanted thoughts or impulses is a known element of obsessive compulsive order. But a new study shows that these same kinds of ...

Grief and Anxiety: How Can I Calm Down When I Know Bad Things Happen?

Megan Devine | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

The crazy train of fear prevents you from being present to what is, and it most definitely keeps you from enjoying what is here in this moment. Following these steps can get you off that train before it takes you too far.

Anxiety and Emptiness

Sheryl Paul | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

So here you are on this threshold, where the anxiety has quieted and you're left with emptiness. If you stop moving and stop searching and find stillness, you'll touch into what wants to be known. You'll find clarity.

The Big Pre-Marriage Question You Shouldn't Be Scared Of

Sheryl Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings
Sheryl Paul

The "Am I gay?" question points to two of the most challenging concepts for the anxious mind to accept, especially when you're on the verge of marriage: that love is a choice and that there are no guarantees or certainties regarding the outcome of this choice.

Top 10 WORST Reasons To Break Off Your Engagement

Sheryl Paul | Posted 02.05.2012 | Weddings
Sheryl Paul

Fear's entire mission in life is to keep you safe from the risk of loving. It sees love as a dangerous cesspool where the invisible sea creatures lurk beneath the dark surface, waiting to snatch you into their murky waters.

Could You Be the Problem With Porn?

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 10.12.2011 | Style
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Research indicates is that porn's probability of becoming problematic is first and foremost directly due to one's repression reaction. It's this suppression of the desire to look at porn that boosts one's longing for it.