The Mystic's Message

Wounded

The black and white blur whirled around, fangs bared, and bit down. Hard! A shock of pain burned from my thumb to my shoulder, and I knew I'd made a mistake. 

Her name is Pecan. That little fuzzball has been with with us for a few months now and that was the longest anyone had touched her. 

In hindsight, it was an ill-conceived plan from the start. 

I thought that if we could scruff her and get her into Kisma's loving arms, she'd realize that she's safe with us. That we'd never let any harm c…

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A Simpler Way to Solve Your Stuff

Emotions can be sticky. Especially when they take a dark turn...

Resentment, anger, frustration- they have a way of winding us deep into a story with no way out. 

What if I told you that you can learn to deal with your emotions effectively, without allowing them to hijack your mind and your life. I'm NOT talking about stuffing your emotions. And I'm not talking about some convoluted "emotional processing."  

It's a simple method. Only a few steps...

There's a catch though. You'll need to set…

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How to Know if You're Growing as a Person

When it comes to personal development, I play the long game. 

Flashes of insight and “Breakthroughs” are great, but they don’t always mean that something significant has shifted, and they’re definitely no guarantee of lasting change. 

You feel better for a little bit and then it's back to business as usual. 

I don't know anyone who is committed to their own growth who hasn't asked in a moment of self-disappointment and frustration, "Is this even working?" 

Trying to change a habit and see yo…

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Where we're going?

I've heard this word a lot lately. To be honest I'm not even sure what it means. 

And even if I did, I'm not so sure it's something worth aspiring to...

It's been showing up in conversations with friends and family. 

I've read it in news articles. 

Just the other day the lady in front of me at the grocery store was going on about it with the checkout guy. It always starts like this...

"When things get back to normal..." 

And I can't help but think to myself, What the heck is "Normal" anywa…

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Drawstrings

This morning I woke up not feeling my best. It doesn't happen often these days, but when it does, wow...

As I got dressed, I pulled on a pair of my favorite sweats, and I was struck by a profound innovation. Dumfounded by the simplicity and effectiveness of a very simple thing. What was it? 

Drawstrings. 

Think about it...

Drawstrings are comfortable. They respect the fact that you change from day to day. They let you feel comfortable and snug no matter what. No pressure to squeeze or shimmy…

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Three Humble Words and How to Use Them...

It's a simple phrase really. So easy to say. Only 3 words...

Yet there are times when it seems almost impossible to them out. 

"I don't know." 

Not knowing is scary. It speaks to a vulnerable part inside that needs to get the right answer. Who wants to be the good student. And who is afraid of failing in front of others and looking stupid.

When that fear takes hold, we'd rather cling to the tiny patch of comfort that we DO know, rather than step out into uncharted territory. When you hear me…

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The Code

The summer of 1983 was a long one. When you're 9 years old, months of waiting seem like lifetimes. It wasn't that I wanted to go back to school- well, not school school...

I was waiting for another kind of school to open...

Earlier that year, a shiny new strip mall opened up in my suburban stomping grounds, and in that shiny new strip mall was school. Not a school, but an academy. And not just any academy, but a black belt academy. 

I loved action films as a kid, especially martial arts movie…

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Kung Fu Fighting

I've been Kung Fu fighting...sort of...

I'm learning tai chi, which is like slow motion kung fu. 

I learned the basic moves and 24 form routine in a few weeks over the holidays. Pretty sure my experience with yoga and tae kwon do helped me out a bit...

And now it falls to the arduous task of perfecting each move, each breath, each subtle nuance into the beautiful art form it can be. Little shifts so subtle that you might not even notice. 

Again and again.

Piece by piece. 

I love it. It's o…

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Back door party crasher

Doubt is like a back door party crasher. Maybe you know the sort...

They sneak in the party seeming harmless enough on first glance, but one look and you know something isn't quite right. You ignore them. Maybe they came with someone else. It'll be fine...

The next thing you know, the place is torn apart and Doubt's buddies, Worry, Anxiety, and Fear have taken over. 

Your friends leave, of course, because who wants to hang out in that kind of volatility, and you're left alone with the disaste…

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One skill that will make cooking waaayyyy easier and more fun

No matter what you're going to cook, you're likely going to need this skill. 

Is your cooking at the level you want? A good friend of mine is offering a free zoom lesson. He's been a professional chef for years and now he owns one of the most popular delivery businesses in his home town. So yeah, he definitely knows what he's talking about. 

No strings attached. He's awesome and it's totally free. 

If you'd like to be considered, send an email to info@nickhansinger.com and tell me a little ab…

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