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Help Me Save This Friendship

It's hard to watch good friends consistently make bad decisions. Say something or walk away? Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher offers a 3-step plan and guided meditation for compassionate communication.

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Why Certain Emotions Make You Sleepy

Negative thoughts can leave you feeling wiped. Rather than fight or flight, you want to sleep. Here, Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher offers a different approach to tackling emotional exhaustion.

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Why Am I So Uncomfortable With Crying?

Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher offers advice—and a 10-minute guided meditation—on how to sit with intense emotions and let tears cleanse rather than overwhelm you.

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How Do I Get a Troubled Friend to See a Therapist?

Listening to friends vent is all part of the job. But some problems may be above your pay grade. Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher offers advice on how to encourage a loved one to seek professional help when needed.

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Can You Heal Emotional Pain Through Bodywork?

Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher carefully breaks down a step-by-step guide to help you begin facing and, eventually, letting go of past emotional trauma.

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How Do I Stop Feeling So Hurt By Others?

It's common to feel slighted from time to time. We're sensitive creatures. Here, Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher shares advice on how to lessen the stinging blow.

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How Do I Overcome My Fear of Making Mistakes?

Sonima's psychologist and meditation teacher advises one reader how to face the fear of making mistakes, and turn that self-criticism into self-compassion and personal growth.

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How Do I Change Thought Patterns that Make Me Sad?

A psychologist and meditation teacher answers readers’ questions about life and practice. Here, he offers advice to a young man who is struggling with sadness and finding solace in unhealthy habits.

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I Live a Healthy Life. Why Am I Still So Consumed with Negativity?

A psychologist and meditation teacher answers readers’ questions about life and practice. Here, he offers advice to one woman trying to eliminate daily anxieties and insecurities so she can embrace worry-free living.

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I Am Angry About My Life. Can Meditation Help?

A psychologist and meditation teacher answers reader’s questions about life and practice. Here, he explores how meditation can aid in dealing with anger.

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I Am Recently Divorced and Can’t Trust People

A psychologist and meditation teacher answers readers’ questions about life and practice. Here is his advice for grieving a lost relationship and starting over.

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I’m a Longtime Meditator and Still Don’t Have a Clear Mind

A psychologist and meditation teacher answers readers’ questions about life and practice. Here is his advice for quieting the mind for meditation.

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