Category: Redesigning the Self

Understanding the core of who we truly are…

The Breakdown

Melanie Stevens

Fascinating paradoxical socially-conditioned conundrums we are being exposed to now: 1. Learning to place self, or even society, above responsibility normally reserved for job/career. 2. Learning to accept kindness from others after having been conditioned into believing “handouts” prove your lack of value. (Maybe,… Continue Reading “The Breakdown”

The Words We Speak

Melanie Stevens

I have this memory of a question that my teacher asked. This may have been 6th grade. The teacher asked “what words do you just really hate?” Kids were raising their hands left and right, including me. But, my hand eventually went down as… Continue Reading “The Words We Speak”

Awake

Melanie Stevens

“Don’t you ever feel afraid?” I was asked for the hundredth time in regards to my hiking alone. Sometimes I do the day hike, other times I’m gone for 3-4 days, and once I hiked for a month and a half. This past Fall,… Continue Reading “Awake”

The Arc of the Peripherals

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Like the last post, the title of this one came to me out of the blue. In a sense, I feel like I’m being reminded, not made aware of new information. Nonetheless, perhaps eventually, I’ll understand where this is all leading… The Arc of… Continue Reading “The Arc of the Peripherals”

The Herd Mentality

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Lately, I’ve been mulling over the “herd mentality.” In marketing, the herd mentality is an extremely useful tool to use and understand. Essentially, we buy things, or buy into ideas, when our herd does, or the herd we wish to align ourselves with do.… Continue Reading “The Herd Mentality”

Groundhog’s Day

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Do you ever feel like you’re just going in circles? Those cycles of the same kinds of people or the same kinds of situations that keep coming over and over and though we finally take note and start dealing with them in different ways,… Continue Reading “Groundhog’s Day”

Way-finding

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“It’s called way-finding, princess. It’s not just sails and knots. It’s seeing where you’re going in your mind, and knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been.” – Māui, Moana   “…knowing where you are by knowing where you’ve been.” A beautiful line… Continue Reading “Way-finding”

The Call for Healers

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Recently, I joined a Facebook group called Idealists of the World. When I found this group, I had this overwhelming sense of community and love pour forth. I spent most of my life feeling as if I am an “other,” separate and different from… Continue Reading “The Call for Healers”

“Facts” or Racial Bias?

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  There are moments in your life, hopefully, that make you sit up and go “WTF?!” Today, was one of those moments for me. It came to my knowledge in my early 20’s that my education was questionable. It all started with Rosa Parks.… Continue Reading ““Facts” or Racial Bias?”

Law of Attraction

Ever attempt the law of attraction but just can’t seem to get it right? We have these blocks, insecurities, doubts that constantly like to rear their ugly little heads. After how ever many years we have each resided on this earth, we chose to… Continue Reading “Law of Attraction”