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Holistic providers, CAMs, and all health & wellness professionals are vulnerable to burnout. Just last year, the Mayo Clinic published a shocking study that found burnout rates among health & wellness practitioners exceeded 50%. It too, like the previous... see more study, showed how the problem is significantly getting worse.
 
There are many, many more studies corroborating these findings, but I think you get the point. The sad reality tells us that burnout rates in our profession have become a full-blown epidemic. 
 
But what exactly is burnout? What are its symptoms and impacts? Lastly, what are the best ways of overcoming burnout in a practice and transitioning to a successful life? These are the questions this blog answers and I’d love to hear any questions or feedback you may have about overcoming burnout in practice.













Burnout – Definition and Symptoms
In general, burnout is experiencing complete physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion in long-term highly demanding situations. There are lots of symptoms when it comes to burnout and these may include:

Decreased passion for your profession
Lack of time
Lack of motivation
Low energy levels
Being annoyed by your patients rather than wanting to helping them
Being impatient with employees
Always feeling edgy and pressured
Being impatient with your spouse (I know what you’re thinking – this may not necessarily be due to burnout!)
Task overload
Rapid work pace

Sadly, the list can go on and on!
The Impacts of Burnout
Professional Life
In your professional life, burnout affects your quest to build a successful practice and transforms it into a sweatshop hurrying to treat patients as quickly as possible. The quality of your patient relationships nosedive since you’re forced to spend very little time with them. You’re also too emotionally spent to build genuine relationships.
Moreover, the quality of your treatment decreases since time becomes a rare commodity. You also lack the drive and motivation necessary to give your patients 100%.
Perhaps the most noticeable impact of burnout on your profession is the complete lack of passion. Your once-loved profession has now become a huge burden and you begin having doubts about building your practice or even getting into the profession.
Undoubtedly, you began the profession wholeheartedly-devoted to the wellness and care of your patients. It is ironic and surprising that the pendulum now swings to the other extreme. You go to work anxious and stressed. You find your patients bothersome. And your energy levels sink.
However, burnout doesn’t just impact your professional life. As you already know too well, your personal life is greatly affected.
Personal Life
When it comes to your personal life, you simply don’t have one! You’ve become so absorbed in your practice that you have no time for the things or people you love. You may not even remember what are those things that once gave you pleasure in life because it’s been so long!
More importantly, you have no time to take care of yourself. You’re too caught up in building a successful practice that you’ve begun neglecting your own health.
The impact that burnout has on your professional and personal life becomes a reinforcing phenomenon and causes everything in your life to go into freefall.
This is not a way to live your life. But overcoming burnout in your practice is easier said than done. You’ve already asked yourself, “How can I reverse this cycle? How can I achieve the life I want while maintaining a healthy balance?”
To answer this question, you must first understand why these high burnout rates exist.
Failed Conventional Models – The Main Factor in High Burnout Rates
Quite simply, the main reason behind high burnout rates in our profession is the conventional model of running a practice.
Convention tells us that a successful practice is a high-volume practice. If your appointment book is not fully scheduled for the entire day, then you’re doing something wrong. If you don’t use all the resources at your disposal to build your ‘successful’ practice then you’re not on the right track.
You constantly hear the expression ‘You’re either all the way in, or you’re not.’ So we’re told we must work long hours to build a successful practice. That means most practices are open for very long hours including weekends.
Another convention of a high-volume practice means we should supposedly market to anyone and everyone, that we should accept all types of customers since that means more money, right?
But what the conventional model resulted in? Ridiculously long hours, making less than we deserve, far too many patients, and simply feeling like just another cog in the system, feeling like we’re only ‘existing’ and not ‘living.’Earlier this year, Medscape published a report on Burnout and Bias, two important factors affecting the lifestyles of health & wellness professionals. In this report, they referred to the dire effects of burnout. See for yourself:

(source)
Can you relate!?
This is the result of the conventional model. It has completely failed us and has resulted in epidemic rates of burnout, turnover, depression, anxiety, stress and more. But what to do?
Overcoming Burnout in your Practice 
Here are the steps you should take to overcome burnout in your practice:

Buck convention
Change your mindset
Define your lifestyle
BUILD your lifestyle

1. Buck convention!
To overcome burnout in your practice, the first step is understanding how to step out of the box and take a different approach. This means you must buck the conventional way of running your practice.
But convention doesn’t just tell us how to build our practices. It also brings out the naysayers  and critics who will undoubtedly try to keep you bogged down into the ‘conventional’ way of doing things.
It is imperative that you ignore these people! Don’t give their critique any value and, more importantly, don’t let fear of the unknown control you. The status quo has not been working for you so it only makes sense to use a different approach.
The point is, you must stop hanging on to the conventional way of building your practice or else stay stuck in old ways.
2. Change your mindset!
Your beliefs shape you. They guide your thoughts, decisions, and actions. And the wrong beliefs are destructive to your mindset and your practice. Here, you must identify any negative beliefs that are holding you back and remove them once and for all.
Examples include:

Believing you’re not good enough to build a successful practice
Telling yourself you must work long hours to grow your practice
Avoiding the things and people you love since you ‘must’ put everything into your practice

These are just some examples. Find out what your head trash is, and eliminate them once and for all!
3. Define the lifestyle YOU want
Now that you’ve removed self-limiting beliefs, you have a clean slate to work from. Here, you can begin thinking about the lifestyle you really want. Think deeply about this life. Picture it in your mind. What does it look like? Does it look like your life now? Probably not.
Here, you can list certain goals of the lifestyle you seek. Examples include:

I want to work a maximum of 5 hours/day
No work on weekends
I want to run my practice with only certain patients (e.g. pregnant mothers)
I want my afternoons/evenings to be spent with family
I want time to travel for one week per month

Whatever lifestyle elements you want to include, list them! This way, you have a vision to build from.
 4. BUILD your lifestyle practice!
Once you have your lifestyle vision, you can now create a strategy to build this lifestyle. The key to doing this is to build your practice around your lifestyle, not the other way around!
Understand: to overcome burnout in your practice and build the lifestyle you want, your happiness must come first. You must put your needs first which leads to a more effective practice, more satisfied patients, and a more engaged YOU.
If you're dealing with burnout or want to avoid it all together, check out my free PDF guide and video training on "3 Steps to Avoid Burnout in Practice" by clicking here.
Watch my free 35 minute video training to learn...









3 simple steps you can use right now to create more balance between practice and life
My #1 secret to getting more free time in your life, regardless of how many hours you work in practice.
The mindset trick that will make you instantly feel less burned out! ​

PLUS when you optin you'll immediately get my BONUS PDF template to use.
Grab the video training and PDF now >>
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Reposted Monika Nowak's article.
 
Let me tell you about my latest dietary experiment.


A good friend of mine approached me to be her support buddy - she wanted to challenge herself and try to cut out all soda and candy consumption for a week.
I accepted her invitation and said that on my end, I will cut out all added... see more sugar during that time. 
So here's a recap of what happened. 
 
My challenge: no added sugar (including zero calorie sweeteners) for a week
My average added sugar intake before the challenge: nightly chocolate (1-2 oz), protein bars (1-2 a week), protein shakes  (2-3 a week), desserts at parties (1-2 a month), ice cream (1-2 a week). 
 
This is what happened when I cut out sugar for a week: 
 
First day was the worst.
My brain was totally freaking out going "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M NOT GOING TO HAVE MY CHOCOLATE TONIGHT". 



 



Additionally, all of a sudden I started to crave anything with sugar in it, natural or not. 
Have you ever heard about the "white bear effect"?
Whenever study subjects were told to think about everything BUT white bears, all they could think of was white bears. As random as it sounds, when you try to suppress a certain thought, it tends to come back at you stronger than ever.
 
I started to read labels very carefully.
Everything could potentially be off limits. Sugar is hidden in everything these days. All my protein supplements (bars, shakes and powder) were out since they all have some combo of sugar and/or stevia. Crackers, popcorn, brioche buns, dressings, tomato sauce are some other unsuspecting sources.
 
I had less wine overall. 
Now I know that the more chocolate I have, the more wine I drink at night. 
 
I didn't break out once during the week. 
My face stayed clear and bright looking. 
 
I didn't take any naps.
Not on my day off, not on my early morning work days. 
 
However, at night I didn't sleep as well as I hoped. 
I was hoping to get some more deep sleep but when I compared my sleep tracker stats from this week and a week prior I averaged 2.5hrs of deep sleep during both. Bummer there. I did feel like I fell asleep easier though.
 
Day 2-6 were really easy. 
I had no cravings, no obsessive thoughts - felt really good and in control. 
 
Day 7 I got invited into an Easter Dinner. 
I knew there was going to be delicious desserts and I SOOOO wanted to have them. Especially one of my favorite chocolate cakes with ice cream. Ohhh.... 
So I contacted my friend hoping she caved in on her last day as well, trying to come up with some lame excuses that it may not be able to say "no". 
But she didn't cave, although she had a pretty challenging day as well. 
Long story short, I didn't have any dessert - it was also a lot easier than I thought. But I did take  a slice of the cake home for day 8 HAHA!! 
 
Now, onto my friend's recollection. 
 
My friend's challenge: NO CANDY OR SODA/JUICE FOR A WEEK 





This is her stash at work (above). 





My friend's candy and soda intake before the challenge:
Soda: 2 cokes per day, fruit juices daily
Sweets: everyday anywhere from 4 Fruittellas to up to a bag of Maltesers, Jelly Beans (full bag of 500g) or M&Ms (big bag).
Every Friday and Saturday a big bag of Walkers potato chips. 
 
This is happened to my friend when she cut out all candy and soda for a week: 

At the beginning I was a bit obsessed with the idea that I can't eat candy anymore. 


First two days I felt like I had no energy - but I motivated myself and exercised anyway. After 3 days I was back on track with energy, hitting my fastest 3 km run (in 12 minutes) on the 4th day. 


I felt lighter and slimmer - my belly didn't feel bloated anymore. 


I stopped sweating as bad as I used to. 


I had no more craving for sugar after meals, however I felt that I needed a bit bigger meal portions. 


I felt happier and more focused. 


I started to appreciate the taste of fruits, which I ate whenever a craving was kicking in. 


I fell asleep faster at bedtime. 

In case you are wondering what happened after the experiment, my friend happily decided she will no longer drink soda, and have occasional candy (in moderation). I'm going to continue having my chocolate with wine at night, but I'm hoping to have some days in between where I don't have any dessert.  
 
Are you ready to challenge yourself??? 
Finding a friend to do it with can be extremely helpful in breaking some stubborn habits. 
I highly recommend trying something out even for a week. You will be surprised with the amount of freedom you get after you realize that you canindeed break negative dietary habits. 
Give me a shout if you need help getting started. 
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Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not - Mooji. #selfdiscovery #consciousness #holisticunited
 
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Life isn't about getting and having, it's about giving and being - Kevin Kruse. #life #giving #being #holisticunited
 
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The #moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen - Shannon L. Alder. #holisticunited #awareness #consciousness
 
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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet - Mahatma Gandhi. #gandhi #affirmation #positivity #holisticunited
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You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was - Anthon St. Maarten. #holisticunited
 
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We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike - Maya Angelou. #holisticunited #unity #inspiration
 
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Meditation is realizing and expanding your inner beauty in every direction - Amit Ray. #holisticunited #meditation #innerbeauty #consciousness #mindfulness
 
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When I #discover who I am, I'll be #free - Ralph Ellison. #discovery #selfdiscovery #freedom #holisticunited
 
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Holistic providers, CAMs, and all health & wellness professionals are vulnerable to burnout. Just last year, the Mayo Clinic published a shocking study that found burnout rates among health & wellness practitioners exceeded 50%. It too, like the previous... see more study, showed how the problem is significantly getting worse.
 
There are many, many more studies corroborating these findings, but I think you get the point. The sad reality tells us that burnout rates in our profession have become a full-blown epidemic. 
 
But what exactly is burnout? What are its symptoms and impacts? Lastly, what are the best ways of overcoming burnout in a practice and transitioning to a successful life? These are the questions this blog answers and I’d love to hear any questions or feedback you may have about overcoming burnout in practice.













Burnout – Definition and Symptoms
In general, burnout is experiencing complete physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion in long-term highly demanding situations. There are lots of symptoms when it comes to burnout and these may include:

Decreased passion for your profession
Lack of time
Lack of motivation
Low energy levels
Being annoyed by your patients rather than wanting to helping them
Being impatient with employees
Always feeling edgy and pressured
Being impatient with your spouse (I know what you’re thinking – this may not necessarily be due to burnout!)
Task overload
Rapid work pace

Sadly, the list can go on and on!
The Impacts of Burnout
Professional Life
In your professional life, burnout affects your quest to build a successful practice and transforms it into a sweatshop hurrying to treat patients as quickly as possible. The quality of your patient relationships nosedive since you’re forced to spend very little time with them. You’re also too emotionally spent to build genuine relationships.
Moreover, the quality of your treatment decreases since time becomes a rare commodity. You also lack the drive and motivation necessary to give your patients 100%.
Perhaps the most noticeable impact of burnout on your profession is the complete lack of passion. Your once-loved profession has now become a huge burden and you begin having doubts about building your practice or even getting into the profession.
Undoubtedly, you began the profession wholeheartedly-devoted to the wellness and care of your patients. It is ironic and surprising that the pendulum now swings to the other extreme. You go to work anxious and stressed. You find your patients bothersome. And your energy levels sink.
However, burnout doesn’t just impact your professional life. As you already know too well, your personal life is greatly affected.
Personal Life
When it comes to your personal life, you simply don’t have one! You’ve become so absorbed in your practice that you have no time for the things or people you love. You may not even remember what are those things that once gave you pleasure in life because it’s been so long!
More importantly, you have no time to take care of yourself. You’re too caught up in building a successful practice that you’ve begun neglecting your own health.
The impact that burnout has on your professional and personal life becomes a reinforcing phenomenon and causes everything in your life to go into freefall.
This is not a way to live your life. But overcoming burnout in your practice is easier said than done. You’ve already asked yourself, “How can I reverse this cycle? How can I achieve the life I want while maintaining a healthy balance?”
To answer this question, you must first understand why these high burnout rates exist.
Failed Conventional Models – The Main Factor in High Burnout Rates
Quite simply, the main reason behind high burnout rates in our profession is the conventional model of running a practice.
Convention tells us that a successful practice is a high-volume practice. If your appointment book is not fully scheduled for the entire day, then you’re doing something wrong. If you don’t use all the resources at your disposal to build your ‘successful’ practice then you’re not on the right track.
You constantly hear the expression ‘You’re either all the way in, or you’re not.’ So we’re told we must work long hours to build a successful practice. That means most practices are open for very long hours including weekends.
Another convention of a high-volume practice means we should supposedly market to anyone and everyone, that we should accept all types of customers since that means more money, right?
But what the conventional model resulted in? Ridiculously long hours, making less than we deserve, far too many patients, and simply feeling like just another cog in the system, feeling like we’re only ‘existing’ and not ‘living.’Earlier this year, Medscape published a report on Burnout and Bias, two important factors affecting the lifestyles of health & wellness professionals. In this report, they referred to the dire effects of burnout. See for yourself:

(source)
Can you relate!?
This is the result of the conventional model. It has completely failed us and has resulted in epidemic rates of burnout, turnover, depression, anxiety, stress and more. But what to do?
Overcoming Burnout in your Practice 
Here are the steps you should take to overcome burnout in your practice:

Buck convention
Change your mindset
Define your lifestyle
BUILD your lifestyle

1. Buck convention!
To overcome burnout in your practice, the first step is understanding how to step out of the box and take a different approach. This means you must buck the conventional way of running your practice.
But convention doesn’t just tell us how to build our practices. It also brings out the naysayers  and critics who will undoubtedly try to keep you bogged down into the ‘conventional’ way of doing things.
It is imperative that you ignore these people! Don’t give their critique any value and, more importantly, don’t let fear of the unknown control you. The status quo has not been working for you so it only makes sense to use a different approach.
The point is, you must stop hanging on to the conventional way of building your practice or else stay stuck in old ways.
2. Change your mindset!
Your beliefs shape you. They guide your thoughts, decisions, and actions. And the wrong beliefs are destructive to your mindset and your practice. Here, you must identify any negative beliefs that are holding you back and remove them once and for all.
Examples include:

Believing you’re not good enough to build a successful practice
Telling yourself you must work long hours to grow your practice
Avoiding the things and people you love since you ‘must’ put everything into your practice

These are just some examples. Find out what your head trash is, and eliminate them once and for all!
3. Define the lifestyle YOU want
Now that you’ve removed self-limiting beliefs, you have a clean slate to work from. Here, you can begin thinking about the lifestyle you really want. Think deeply about this life. Picture it in your mind. What does it look like? Does it look like your life now? Probably not.
Here, you can list certain goals of the lifestyle you seek. Examples include:

I want to work a maximum of 5 hours/day
No work on weekends
I want to run my practice with only certain patients (e.g. pregnant mothers)
I want my afternoons/evenings to be spent with family
I want time to travel for one week per month

Whatever lifestyle elements you want to include, list them! This way, you have a vision to build from.
 4. BUILD your lifestyle practice!
Once you have your lifestyle vision, you can now create a strategy to build this lifestyle. The key to doing this is to build your practice around your lifestyle, not the other way around!
Understand: to overcome burnout in your practice and build the lifestyle you want, your happiness must come first. You must put your needs first which leads to a more effective practice, more satisfied patients, and a more engaged YOU.
If you're dealing with burnout or want to avoid it all together, check out my free PDF guide and video training on "3 Steps to Avoid Burnout in Practice" by clicking here.
Watch my free 35 minute video training to learn...









3 simple steps you can use right now to create more balance between practice and life
My #1 secret to getting more free time in your life, regardless of how many hours you work in practice.
The mindset trick that will make you instantly feel less burned out! ​

PLUS when you optin you'll immediately get my BONUS PDF template to use.
Grab the video training and PDF now >>
  • 33
Reposted Monika Nowak's article.
 
Let me tell you about my latest dietary experiment.


A good friend of mine approached me to be her support buddy - she wanted to challenge herself and try to cut out all soda and candy consumption for a week.
I accepted her invitation and said that on my end, I will cut out all added... see more sugar during that time. 
So here's a recap of what happened. 
 
My challenge: no added sugar (including zero calorie sweeteners) for a week
My average added sugar intake before the challenge: nightly chocolate (1-2 oz), protein bars (1-2 a week), protein shakes  (2-3 a week), desserts at parties (1-2 a month), ice cream (1-2 a week). 
 
This is what happened when I cut out sugar for a week: 
 
First day was the worst.
My brain was totally freaking out going "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M NOT GOING TO HAVE MY CHOCOLATE TONIGHT". 



 



Additionally, all of a sudden I started to crave anything with sugar in it, natural or not. 
Have you ever heard about the "white bear effect"?
Whenever study subjects were told to think about everything BUT white bears, all they could think of was white bears. As random as it sounds, when you try to suppress a certain thought, it tends to come back at you stronger than ever.
 
I started to read labels very carefully.
Everything could potentially be off limits. Sugar is hidden in everything these days. All my protein supplements (bars, shakes and powder) were out since they all have some combo of sugar and/or stevia. Crackers, popcorn, brioche buns, dressings, tomato sauce are some other unsuspecting sources.
 
I had less wine overall. 
Now I know that the more chocolate I have, the more wine I drink at night. 
 
I didn't break out once during the week. 
My face stayed clear and bright looking. 
 
I didn't take any naps.
Not on my day off, not on my early morning work days. 
 
However, at night I didn't sleep as well as I hoped. 
I was hoping to get some more deep sleep but when I compared my sleep tracker stats from this week and a week prior I averaged 2.5hrs of deep sleep during both. Bummer there. I did feel like I fell asleep easier though.
 
Day 2-6 were really easy. 
I had no cravings, no obsessive thoughts - felt really good and in control. 
 
Day 7 I got invited into an Easter Dinner. 
I knew there was going to be delicious desserts and I SOOOO wanted to have them. Especially one of my favorite chocolate cakes with ice cream. Ohhh.... 
So I contacted my friend hoping she caved in on her last day as well, trying to come up with some lame excuses that it may not be able to say "no". 
But she didn't cave, although she had a pretty challenging day as well. 
Long story short, I didn't have any dessert - it was also a lot easier than I thought. But I did take  a slice of the cake home for day 8 HAHA!! 
 
Now, onto my friend's recollection. 
 
My friend's challenge: NO CANDY OR SODA/JUICE FOR A WEEK 





This is her stash at work (above). 





My friend's candy and soda intake before the challenge:
Soda: 2 cokes per day, fruit juices daily
Sweets: everyday anywhere from 4 Fruittellas to up to a bag of Maltesers, Jelly Beans (full bag of 500g) or M&Ms (big bag).
Every Friday and Saturday a big bag of Walkers potato chips. 
 
This is happened to my friend when she cut out all candy and soda for a week: 

At the beginning I was a bit obsessed with the idea that I can't eat candy anymore. 


First two days I felt like I had no energy - but I motivated myself and exercised anyway. After 3 days I was back on track with energy, hitting my fastest 3 km run (in 12 minutes) on the 4th day. 


I felt lighter and slimmer - my belly didn't feel bloated anymore. 


I stopped sweating as bad as I used to. 


I had no more craving for sugar after meals, however I felt that I needed a bit bigger meal portions. 


I felt happier and more focused. 


I started to appreciate the taste of fruits, which I ate whenever a craving was kicking in. 


I fell asleep faster at bedtime. 

In case you are wondering what happened after the experiment, my friend happily decided she will no longer drink soda, and have occasional candy (in moderation). I'm going to continue having my chocolate with wine at night, but I'm hoping to have some days in between where I don't have any dessert.  
 
Are you ready to challenge yourself??? 
Finding a friend to do it with can be extremely helpful in breaking some stubborn habits. 
I highly recommend trying something out even for a week. You will be surprised with the amount of freedom you get after you realize that you canindeed break negative dietary habits. 
Give me a shout if you need help getting started. 
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Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not - Mooji. #selfdiscovery #consciousness #holisticunited
 
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Life isn't about getting and having, it's about giving and being - Kevin Kruse. #life #giving #being #holisticunited
 
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The #moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen - Shannon L. Alder. #holisticunited #awareness #consciousness
 
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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet - Mahatma Gandhi. #gandhi #affirmation #positivity #holisticunited
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You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was - Anthon St. Maarten. #holisticunited
 
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We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike - Maya Angelou. #holisticunited #unity #inspiration
 
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Meditation is realizing and expanding your inner beauty in every direction - Amit Ray. #holisticunited #meditation #innerbeauty #consciousness #mindfulness
 
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When I #discover who I am, I'll be #free - Ralph Ellison. #discovery #selfdiscovery #freedom #holisticunited
 
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