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Is It Spiritual to Take Medication for Depression?

Dear Meli, I have struggled with depression for many years. For a long time, I resisted the idea of medication. About two years ago, I finally started taking meds. They are definitely helping, but now I have another dilemma. I still have this idea that I should have been able to shift things with spiritual […]

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How Meditation Can Save Your Life

Sure, meditation is great for becoming spiritually enlightened, but it’s also good for more basic stuff. Like saving your life. Before I started meditating, I would often have bad days. On a bad day, I would feel like this: Sometimes I knew why I felt bad. Other times I didn’t. But either way, I didn’t […]

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How Do You Visualize When You’re Stuck?

Dear Meli, When I first started doing affirmations and visualizing, I had great luck. Everything I imagined came to me – friends, a great job, good health. But lately – everything has been falling apart. I’m still doing the affirmations and visualization, but now it’s not working anymore. What gives? Spiritually Stuck Dear Stuck, I […]

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Are You a Victim of the Meditation Myth?

There’s a big fat myth about meditation. This myth is believed by meditators and non-meditators alike. It’s especially believed by people who’ve tried to meditate, but gave up because they sucked at it. Or think they sucked at it. Because of the myth. Here’s how it goes:  I try to meditate, but I can’t do […]

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How Do You End a Friendship?

Dear Meli, I’ve have a friend that I’ve been friends with since we were kids. For the past few years, I’ve had a harder and harder time being around him. I feel bad even admitting this, because he’s a great guy. It’s just that we’re moving in different directions. Though I don’t think he’d see […]

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­­­Do You Believe the Money Lie?

There are so many lies about money, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Like: Money is the root of all evil. It’s actually attachment to money that causes behavior some might deem evil. Or how about this one: Money doesn’t grow on trees. If money doesn’t grow on trees, then what are those […]

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­­­What’s Your Relationship Formula?

We’re all run by formulas, whether we like to admit it or not. Given my hard-core nerd status, I actually like admitting it. Formulas that dictate my life and my interactions with others?! Yeah! Bring ’em on! In my early years, my relationships were run by this assumption: The activation of this formula in my […]

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Can You Find Recovery Outside of the Twelve Steps?

Dear Meli, I have been in recovery from drug and alcohol use for five years. I have been going to Twelve Step programs for most of that time. Recently, though, I have been having trouble with meetings. It seems that everyone is so focused on their identity as an addict or alcoholic. My spiritual practice […]

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