Why is happiness a choice? PLUS 8 ways to choose happiness daily
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
6d ago
“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”~ William James Do you think you can really choose happiness? In reality, choosing happiness is simple. You either choose it or not. It boils down to choosing it every single day. So, if happiness is a choice, how do we go about choosing it? There is a certain pursuit to seeking happiness that everyone seems to be after. The amazing thing is we have more control over happiness than you might think. Do you know that research has proven that as much as 40 percent of our happiness is determined ..read more
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Understanding REST: A Holistic and Healing Approach
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
1M ago
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Do you think that sleeping is actually resting? Or rather when the word rest comes to mind, is sleep or taking a nap the only way you understand it? You may be sleeping…but are you actually resting? “I’m so exhausted and nothing is helping” is an actual concern in today’s society. Exhaustion is a real thing. Unfortunately, sleep alone doesn’t fix the issue. In fact, only focusing on sleep may increase burnout ..read more
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Looking to become an Empowered Woman? Here are 10 positive ways!
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
1M ago
“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~ Anne Frank Empowered is a word that gets said way too much, even though many people do not understand exactly what it means. Women, often want to be known as empowered. As a woman in today’s world, I want to feel empowered too! The idea of being an empowered woman implies that you are in control of your life. There is a bit of feminism in this, but truly many women want to feel that they are e ..read more
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Self loving Self-talk to soothe Overwhelm and Anxiety {Self-love Series #4}
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
1M ago
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha Over the past month, we have talked on and on about self-love and how it is healing to our mental, emotional and spiritual health. But, one of the most imperative steps to beginning that self-love journey is healing our intenal dialogue aka our ‘inner critic’! You know who that ‘inner critic’ is who I am talking about, dont you? You know how he/she sounds like. That voice in your head, that jumps in quickly to bring you down and make you get into an overwhelming and anxious state. It literally ..read more
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Self-love is not Selfish{Self-love Series #3}
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
2M ago
“Love is nourishment in itself. The more you love, the more you will find untrodden spaces where love goes on and on spreading around you like an aura.” ~ OSHO The one question I get asked a lot is the “self Love” question…. “But really isnt self love selfish? Isnt it downright narcissistic?”…are some of the questions I get asked from the anti-self love people. But I am not deterred I respond in love, and always manage to turn them into practicing advocates of self love too! So, here is what I did to convince the anti-self love souls into becoming self-loving enthusiasts… Recently, dur ..read more
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How Healing Happens through Self Love{Self-love Series #2}
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
2M ago
In the last article of The Self Love Series we spoke of How Self-Care IS Self-Love {Self-love Series #1}. The natural second part of this series will dwell into How Healing Happens through Self Love. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~Rumi Do you feel like you are living in a pattern of self-sabotage? Do you feel like the past has a negative hold over you and is not letting you move froward? We each live with many many scars on our heart and soul. Many we acknowledge, many we shove under the carpet of neglect while many others stay fresh and bring heart ache and pain s ..read more
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How to Create a Healing Morning Routine
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
3M ago
“She woke up every morning with the option of being anyone she wished. How beautiful it was that she always chose herself.” ~ Tyler Kent White Do you want to have the vision of having a beautifully fulfilling day? A day when you feel purposeful, impactful and ready to take on those big dreams…but you just can’t get out of bed with the right frame of mind or energy?? Believe me, you’re not alone. Come on, let’s face it, leaving the comfort of a cozy bed in the morning (with a huge to-do list to tackle) isn’t exactly the best thought to start your day. A few years back, almost every night for m ..read more
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3 things to put on your 2024 TO-HEAL list(+Free 2024 Growth Planner printable)
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
3M ago
Do you like New Years resolutions? While we are absolutely all for goal setting, positive intentions and working toward creating a better future, we also know new year resolutions can make you feel guilty or shameful of where you were at until this point. And that is NOT a healing way to start the new year. It’s hard for us to guess what 2024 will look like or what 2024 will bring in these completely unprecedented times. Everyday there is something new that comes up that stops us in our tracks. This past year it was AI, genocide and world weirdness(!). So, while we can’t see our 2024 in a cry ..read more
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2024 Word and Intention of the year: GROWTH
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
3M ago
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.” ~ William Butler Yeats My favorite year end ritual since the past few years has been to choose a word for the year. Which also doubles as the intention of the year as well. I’ve found that after years of setting goals and resolutions which fizzle out in intensity and appeal after a few weeks, a word based intention creates a wonderful level of focus. It is sort of an anchor to come back to when you feel lost along the way. My word for last year was: PEACE. And, I can say wit ..read more
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7 Life Lessons 2023 taught me (+7 Positive Affirmations to close the year)
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by Zeenat Merchant Syal-Counseling Psychologist|Spiritual Counselor
4M ago
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” ~ Nido Qubein There are less than a handful of days left of 2023. A year that for me, was quite testing, but also life affirming. I like to think that everything I learned and experienced this year will make next year so much more special. These are some of the life lessons I have come to realize over these last 12 months. 7 Life Lessons 2023 taught me There are some things in life that are beyond your control. You will waste valuable energy trying to control them and the outcome will be wha ..read more
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