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If anything has gained traction in the world of health and wellness, it’s the phrase, “how to create the life you want.” In fact, if you search Youtube for this exact phrase, you’ll be greeted by hundreds of videos ranging from TEDx talks to “A Day in My Life” influencer vlogs. Needless to say, we’re all trying to grab the sweet slice of life, but how? Turns out, you just need to face your own shit first. Here’s how (and why).

1. Take Accountability for your Actions

As ego-pleasing as it is to blame others or outside circumstances for what we don’t have, that kind of…


Through tearful sobs, I begged God to tell me what Home means to me, because I had no idea anymore. An evening that started off with restlessness and frustration quickly turned into a full-blown meltdown that was long overdue. Please tell me what Home is supposed to mean to me, because I am so tired of searching, I cried.

Home has been the theme of my life ever since I can remember. I had a difficult childhood, growing up through a civil war in then-Yugoslavia that left my family and I constantly living out of other people’s homes, rarely our…


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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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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, and I’d like to share five personal truths with you.

  1. Your fear is not your enemy — As hard as that may be to accept, this is the biggest truth I’ve found. Fear is often…

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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.

Nepal.

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

Aleks Slijepcevic

Writer | Yogi | Traveler | Creator of #YogaSouhl (www.aleksslijepcevic.com)

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