Looking Ahead With Lauren: Rock That Confidence

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How do you feel about yourself today? Eh? Do you consider yourself confident or struggling to get there? Confidence is tricky. Not enough and you can get stuck in a rut in all aspects of your life. Too much and you’re considered a cocky jerk. Yet, we all need confidence to score that job, find […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Take Chances

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This is currently my favorite quote. I don’t know who said it, but I’m trying to live my life based on what they said. As I’m growing up and learning and changing, I’m trying to take more chances and be the best person I can be. I think back to my childhood and my middle […]

Fall Fashion: Clothes Are Not The Enemy!

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“The truth is, every woman thinks she sees a bulge, even when there isn’t necessarily one there.” – Nancy Ganz, shapewear designer. Ladies, (if you haven’t already), put down your new novel and pick-up the fall edition of your favorite fashion dictator: Style, Vogue, W, Allure, Marie Claire, Glamour or Elle. And you WILL need […]

Elevate instead of Medicate

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Looking outside of ourselves to feel better is more common than white on rice. Before I came to yoga and meditation, that was my old operating system, complete with lots of software to train my focus outside of myself rather than looking inward for answers. Whether it’s in our DNA or from family or environmental […]

There’s More Right Than Wrong With You

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In Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes, “As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong, no matter how ill or how hopeless you may feel.” From the moment you are conceived, right up until the moment you take your last breath, there is more right with you […]

Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

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Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your comfort zone. Eating […]

It’s Never To Late To Meditate

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After two challenging years, my parents recently moved into a senior living complex where they can live independently but receive support when they need it. It wasn’t an easy decision, but one they knew they had to make. I planned a trip to see their new home, and it wasn’t long before my mother asked […]

The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others

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One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people. Picture it: you see photos of what someone else is doing on Facebook and think your life isn’t exciting enough. You see someone else who has a cool job and think you’re not doing […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Are You Judged For Your Perceived “Lack of Success”?

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What is success? Most people would equate someone successful with someone who has a lot of money, fame or a job that people deem high-powered. As a young adult, graduating from college a few years ago, I often feel the pressure to “be successful“. I have had many people try to get my jobs in […]

Connecting with Our ‘Soul Sadness’

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Marge, a woman in our meditation community, was in a painful standoff with her teenage son. At fifteen, Micky was in a downward spiral of skipping classes and using drugs, and had just been suspended for smoking marijuana on school grounds. While Marge blamed herself — she was the parent, after all — she was […]