Denial vs Positivity: What's The Difference And Why Does It Matter?

Smiley face in viceThere is a difference between denial and positive mindset. 
Denial can be a necessary survival instinct, allowing us to put some distance between ourselves and traumatic events. On the other hand, negative denial occurs when we cover up problems and refuse to acknowledge their existence, leading to stress and anxiety. 
It is important to acknowledge and address problems in order to maintain a positive mindset. Here are some handy tips to use when embracing positivity without denial can empower us and lead to a sense of control; even in challenging situations.

Why Grief and Trauma May Be the Hidden Enemy Behind Chronic Stress

Woman on beach with question: are you stress reactive or stress responsive?
This article outlines the lasting effects that grief, abuse, and trauma can have on our ability to manage stress and react to challenging situations. Childhood trauma can result in unhealthy reactions to stress as adults, such as hyper-vigilance and self-sabotage, ultimately blocking us from living a joyful life. However, the good news is that there are things we can do to transition from being stress-reactive to stress-responsive.
By practicing these easy methods regularly, they can become second nature. Managing stress becomes easier over time. Overall, the importance of managing stress by practicing self-care is highlighted here, along with the benefits of intentionally responding to stress.

How My Son Sent Me A Beautiful Crystal Heart Pendant From Heaven

"GIFTS FROM HEAVEN" is a touching account of this mother's encounter with her deceased son through a guided meditation. After receiving a surprise gift from him in the session, she discovers the very same pendant in a jewelry shop while on a trip with her husband. 
Despite the expensive price tag, she knows it is a reaffirmation of her son's presence and through another miraculous event, ends up being able to purchase the beautiful pendant. 
This is a powerful story that gives hope and comfort to those who have suffered from the loss of a loved one, as it reaffirms the idea that people we have lost are still with us.

Grief Is The Life Force of the Person Who Passed

Grieving teddy bear on a beachWhat makes grief truly miraculous and beautiful is exactly what makes it hurt so much.

We experience the glorious mystery of spirit through the realization that we do not die.
What we discover, if we embrace the pain and allow it to show us, is that this is not the whole of our existence! 
By embracing grief, we embrace our own immortality. 
We are offered a wonderful gift, should we choose to accept it. 
The gift of knowing we are only here for a little while, and what comes next is right inside of us. It is the love of those who have passed away and the love we give to others, living on inside of us where we always were and always will be.