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My dad passed away on January 7, 2021. I was in my Chicago apartment, almost 800 miles away from him, when I got the phone call. A doctor told me that he died in his truck, while on the phone with a work dispatcher; and as the doctor spoke, I was positive that it was a scam, a wrong number, the wrong dad. With numb legs, I stumbled to my desk and wrote down the number of the hospital, so sure that it must have been the wrong number. I believed this so firmly, that I never contemplated that my…

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Stress doesn’t discriminate. It affects everyone, invariably in different ways. Regardless of how stress shows up in your life, I think we can all agree that it’s present. When it does show up, it takes over the show. It then becomes difficult to stay in the present moment or show gratitude for what and who we have in our life. In the eye of the stress storm, everything is tossed around into oblivion. This is probably when self-care finally comes to our mind.

How Does Stress Show Up?

On a physical scale, stress tends to be behind many of our typical ailments, such as headaches…

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If you have never meditated before, no worries. This practice is very much a personal experience. You make of it what works for you, your health, and your intention.

These days, we see meditation being prescribed as the remedy to stress, anxiety, depression, or any other health-related concerns. We see this practice spread out from yoga studios into offices, corporations, as well as military and police enforcement divisions.

It has become a practice modality serving people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, which puts you in the perfect position as a beginner.

This guide will provide you with some…

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How will you share your heart?

One of the pillars of a spiritual lifestyle is being of service. In Sanskrit, we call this “Seva.” It translates to selfless service. We can think of this as volunteering in our communities, being altruistic, or doing random good deeds and paying it forward. It’s a beautiful way of committing ourselves to others, and knowing that we are all interconnected. Like bees working together to pollinate the world, humanity only flourishes in unity.

How do we practice Seva in our lives?

In order to make Seva a stronger ally in our life, we need…

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We’ve all heard it. We’ve probably all said it. “I am just emotionally drained today!” Rarely, however, do we ponder where this phrase comes from, or just how literal these symptoms and sensations might be.

According to Healthline, emotional exhaustion is a state of being severely emotionally drained or depleted, from the build-up of stress from either your job or personal life, or both.

Sometimes, this term can also be used to describe “burn out,” and the sensation of simply juggling too much and feeling the effects of a lack of energy to continue.

When we think about how fast-paced…

In the last few days of October, I went back to Nepal. My trip there was in every part due to the graciousness of the hosts who were leading our group, and my gratitude to them is not something I can begin to express in this post. I am, however, more and more confident that by their kind gesture of having me in their group, I have found a tribe with whom I’ll happily travel the world whole.


Yet again, I brave the long flights and likewise long connections; waiting in lobbies and practicing yoga on airport floors, because…

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We’ve long been told that being involved in charitable contributions or activities will help us feel better, and put us in the right frame of mind to be of service to others. But how does that directly help ease the symptoms of anxiety?

Currently in the United States, 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders, making anxiety the most common mental health challenge, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. With such staggering numbers, it can be overwhelming to not only juggle the symptoms, but implement tools and techniques for alleviating those symptoms. However, recent research has shed…

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Our emotional health can be defined in many ways, and because it is subjective and specific to each person, one simple definition doesn’t always cut it. However, we can begin to understand emotional health as it relates to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how we’re able to best control these when they no longer serve us efficiently.

According to Dan Eisenberg, sports psychologist at, nearly 18% of the US population experiences an emotional health issue. Emotional health, when left unchecked, manifests in the physical body in the forms of muscle tension, fatigue, and dis-ease. …

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We all have them — Fears.

Whether your fears are about something tangible, like spiders or heights; or whether they’re about something more intricate, like commitment or judgement — fear is fear. It’s part of our nature to have fear, and if you’ve been reading self-help books and blogs, you’ve been given ways to overcome this obstacle. However, I’ve created a different mentality around fear that I think is more effective, and I’d like to share those five personal truths with you.

  1. Your fear is not your enemy — As hard as that may be to accept, this is the…

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The Amazon Rainforest is burning at an alarming rate. Greenland is drastically melting. The temperatures in the Arctic are hitting all-time highs, as well as throughout the rest of the world. And deforestation is wiping out trees, ecosystems, plant and animal life at speeds of insurmountable consequence.

So what can you do about it? Sometimes, it feels like not much. When the literal weight of the world feels like it’s collapsing and caving in, it’s normal to feel like any small actions of a single individual are just drops in the ocean. …

Aleks Slijepcevic

Writer | Yogi | Traveler | Creator of #YogaSouhl (

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