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Anthony V. Lombardo is a blogger, YouTuber, and entrepreneur. He runs a personal growth newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/avl-personal-growth
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Every second a miracle is transpiring all around you and within you.

If you happen to catch it, at that moment, all suffering will vanish.

One just went by. Did you catch it?

The next time someone yells at you, sure get defensive, but then thank your ears for being able to hear that person’s anger and their slew of judgments.

When you hear a loud noise that startles you, yes, first collect your bearings, but how great is it to be alerted to such changes in your environment?

If your neighbor is hosting a loud party, blasting obnoxious music…


You probably heard of the saying to treat failure as feedback.

You probably also heard to fail like a scientist.

I love both of these ideas.

Better yet why not take them one step further to create an even more ambitious mindset:

Treat life as an experiment!

If you think about it, life is nothing more than an experiment.

Every goal. Every project. Every relationship.

Every uncomfortable situation you seem to find yourself in.

Every experience period.

They are all nothing more than experiments for you to explore what you like and what you don’t.

To see what works and…


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Stillness and movement: two contradicting concepts, yet both are vital components of spirituality.

We can’t know what it means to be still without moving. And we can’t understand movement without being still.

For centuries sages, mystics, and even scientists have been telling us that we human beings need to become still to connect with our higher, more intuitive selves. It’s been shouted from the mountain tops and bandied about in thousands of books that the kingdom of heaven can be found by simply sitting quietly alone in introspection.

This is true. Stillness is a cornerstone to accessing our spiritual nature.


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According to the data in the book Happiness At Work, the average person spends roughly 90,000 hours being at work over their lifetime. That’s about one-third of our adult lives.

We spend most of our waking lives “at work.”

For many, this might be a sad state of reality. However, this can be viewed as a gift because it gives us ample opportunity to discover, explore, and share our unique gifts with others.

While we all have different standards as to what constitutes “work”, we all have the power to seize this opportunity in making our work meaningful by connecting…


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You might be familiar with Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which is a motivational theory in psychology and human development framework comprising of a six-tier hierarchical model of human needs.

Personal development pioneer Denis Waitley created a similar hierarchy for achieving financial independence and wealth that he terms the “Overflowing Buckets Concept of Wealth.”

While Maslow’s hierarchy is a pyramid, Denis describes his framework as steps that lead down to financial independence.

Under this framework, the journey to abundance, personal fulfillment, and financial independence becomes a downhill flow instead of the typical uphill struggle.

And if you read Denis’ classic…


Resonating with something leads to attraction. This is how the Law of Attraction is flawed. It’s flawed as an educational concept and as a tool for creating personal change. It’s flawed in the way we teach it, the way it’s written about, and hence the way we understand it.

Proclaiming to someone that they need to attract what they want in life or become a magnet for it is vague as a teaching and a bit too out there for most. Truly, how the hell do you simply “attract” something? What do you do with that? …


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What is the one absolute key to happiness?

The longer I’m alive, the more I’m realizing there is none — because it’s not locked away.

More and more, because of the epidemic of stress plaguing us as a species, humanity is being told about this thing called the present moment.

Whether it’s from drug-store self-help books, spiritual traditions, psychology, or even quantum physics, learning to be a better, happier human starts with learning about the power of the present moment.

Even cartoon characters from movies like Kung Fu Panda are getting in on the action:

“You are too concerned with…


It’s that time of year for some R&R.

Resetting and regrouping that is.

Every time we reach this time of year where we are saying goodbye to summer, it always feels like I need to reset my life as I head towards the final months of the year.

Let’s face it, the summer months make it so easy to coast through life, doing whatever the hell we like, indulging every urge to go out, enjoying the weather, and letting loose a bit.

Why not—the summer is the season for slacking off after all. When there’s a choice between putting in…


“Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.”
— Brenda Ueland

What is the antidote to the stress and overwhelm of daily life?

Ritualized creativity.

There’s a Sanskrit word Sadhana which means daily spiritual practice. It’s our unique daily habit of connecting with our higher self, inner peace, and joy.

In traditional Hindu and Buddhist practices, it serves as an individual’s primary form of meditation.

However, a Sadhana practice extends beyond the obvious rituals of…


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“I’ve been through some terrible situations in my life and some of them actually happened.” — Mark Twain

Are anxiety and stress an illusion?

Yes, while the feelings of anxiety in our bodies are very real, is what makes us anxious and stressed simply in our heads?

Many teachings in both spirituality and psychology point to our distorted cognitions as the cause of our anxiety.

But what exactly is anxiety?

Physiologically, we know that the feelings of anxiety are the result of our body’s sympathetic nervous system preparing our fight or flight response to a perceived “danger” in our environment.

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