Mar 272015

Question: Is there a secret to recovering one’s self-esteem?Woman with outstretched arms

Answer: It isn’t easy to reclaim yourself and your self-worth. It’s probably one of the hardest things a person can do, and yet, it’s at the foundation of everything we experience. Which may be why it can be so hard.

Imagine that your being was fragmented in childhood because of your family. You’re going to have to find  those pieces, or make new ones, to put yourself back together again. However, each tiny step you take will take you in the right direction.

Sometimes, there will be two steps forward and one back. That’s normal. Not only are you simply firming up your progress by taking the step back, but the subconscious may feel uncomfortable with your progress.

Your subconscious doesn’t like change, and it’s trying to keep you safe in the environment that you no longer live in. It just needs to get the message that it’s safe now for you to have your own beliefs, a sense of self-worth, self-trust and confidence.

When you dedicate yourself to be there for yourself, the subconscious mind and the Universe will support you. It’s not that there won’t be any bumps along the way – that’s how we get stronger. But if you are committed to your well-being, and do all you can for it, then you will begin to feel better.

This won’t happen overnight. It will take some time, and it takes consistency. An affirmation that you can use is: “I accept my True Worth.”

Copyright 2006, 2015 Linda Ann Stewart
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Mar 242015

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All the Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness According to Science
This article shows the benefits of meditation in a series of infographics. The information comes from the results of 75 studies on this topic. One of the infographics show the qualities of mind that develop and another one shows the difference between meditation and mindfulness.

Under 5-Minute Mindfulness Techniques To Deal Any Challenge In Life
This article suggests 3 techniques to deal with everyday challenges. 1 is a writing exercise and the other 2 are very short guided meditations. They’re good ways to shift the ways you’ve been reacting to problems.

How writing can help you reframe your life story and create a happy ending
The stories you tell yourself about your life create how you feel and act, for good or not so good. When you change the way you look at your story, your life changes in response. The act of writing about it helps to reprocess what’s going on, and then reframe it in a way that’s more beneficial for you.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 182015

Is your mindset or taking action more important? Without the right mindset, one that’s in alignment with your vision, your actions won’t be successful. All the right strategies in the world won’t make up for a mindset that doesn’t believe your goal is possible. Learn 3 concepts that hold you back and what to do about them.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 172015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowA Mindful Minute: How to Observe a Train of Anxious Thoughts
We all have negative self-talk that spirals into bad feelings that can then affect our behavior. This article has a great illustration to help teach children how to recognize and let go of their anxious thoughts. Although it’s created for children, it’s a great analogy for adults to learn how to do it, too.

How Happiness Influences Our Health, In One Chart
Happiness may be one of the best medicines when it comes to our physical health. Research suggests people who have an exuberant attitude also have a lower heart rate and lower levels of stress. Here’s a chart that shows the benefits of happiness and optimism.

8 Ways to be a Happier you
Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Your thoughts are a choice. This article suggests some easy ways to become a happier person. Most of them have been verified with research.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 122015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowMindfully create better health in a variety of ways
This covers 4 ways to improve your health: mentally, spiritually, with better habits and responses. All of these are under your control and can contribute to making your life healthier and happier.

Got mindfulness? Simple steps to improving your mindful positivity
Meditation and mindfulness are proven techniques to improve your quality of life. But are you pushed for time and just can’t fit meditation into your day? Most of us are. Here are some tips on how to include mindfulness in your day without spending more than a couple of minutes.

Thrive | Creating happiness in a box
Thrive Box was designed by a local volunteer group using neuroscience and positive psychology. They say this little box of practices, if used properly, will make anyone happier.
Local volunteers design “happiness experiences,” including a box of practices designed to make anyone happier. Interesting product that contains various items to push happiness buttons.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 112015

Speaker, author and success expert, Brian Tracy, explains how optimists cultivate their positive attitude. He describes some of their characteristics that make them that way. When you do the same things that optimistic people do, you’ll become one of these people. Model them and you’ll develop the same qualities.

For steps on how you can start today on setting new goals, click here to download his FREE GOALS REPORT.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 032015

Flagstaff Aspen RainbowWhy We’re All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google
Believe it or not, multitasking is addicting. This article explains why. If you have trouble staying away from your technology, you may be getting a hit of pleasure chemicals.

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think
Scientists performed an experiment that showed that the subconscious can do math and other processes without conscious interaction. It’s a validation of what many have thought over the years. The subconscious has the capability to do so much more than its been give credit for.

A new sleep study may open your eyes to meditation
Focusing on the present has positive effects on daytime fatigue and depression, two conditions that often result from the poor sleep of older adults. I’m sure it would also be helpful for anyone with sleep issues.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Mar 022015

by Linda-Ann StewartSun Rays

As a child, I learned to avoid calling attention to myself. Whenever I excelled at anything positive, friends, classmates and some adults criticized and condemned me. Achievement meant being a target with no protection. Therefore, I tried to fit into the crowd and become invisible. I hid my talents, intelligence and abilities to avoid being hurt.

Growing up, I noticed that some people craved attention so much that they’d sacrifice everything for it. And then there were those who want the world to revolve around them. Everything was about them and they stole the credit from those who deserved it. I began to associate being noticed to these types of people and I didn’t want to be like them. Over and over again, I heard the same thing from clients and people I knew. Being visible was threatening and distasteful, and it was safer to hide in the shadows.

Many of them seek work in the background, where they’re the most comfortable. They feel their mission is to support others. Unfortunately, they’re uncomfortable to even receive compliments or acknowledgement. But to succeed, advance, or fulfill their purpose, they have to be able receive recognition, and that’s incredibly unpleasant for them.

A few years ago, I was amazed to discover that some people considered being the center of attention a good thing and something to pursue. I finally realized that there are some people who enjoy being in the limelight, who do so to help others. At last, I understood that if we want to be of service, in any way, we have to let others know what we have to offer.

In “Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow,” Marsha Sinetar says that creative and gifted people tend to shun attention. They do so to avoid being rejected, criticized, and having to deal with the hostility and jealousy of others. But in so doing, they can’t live up to their potential. The seek comfort and safety, preferring to be unfulfilled rather than deal with the challenge and distress that visibility brings.

An artist friend of mine has said that if she doesn’t paint and show it to the world, then she’s not honoring the gift that God gave her. This is true of us all. When we don’t use our God-given talents and abilities, and reveal them, then we’re not fulfilling our purpose. They were bestowed on us for a reason, to share with others. If we don’t express them, then we’re not living up to our potential. And if we don’t let others know what we have to offer, even when we work in supportive positions, then we’re trying to avoid our responsibility to ourselves and the Universe.

The true role of advertising and marketing is to let people know what’s available. If a person doesn’t know a solution exists to solve their problem, then it remains forever unsolved. Being visible and allowing people to know our capabilities isn’t bragging, but informing. We’re performing a service by letting others know. Some people won’t need what we offer, some won’t like it, but others will honor and value it. And it will meet their needs.

It still can be scary to be visible, but we have resources and knowledge as adults that we didn’t have when we first learned to hide. When someone is jealous, it’s helpful to realize that it’s their issue, and not about us. We shouldn’t try to “hide our light under a bushel,” but to let it shine into the world so that people see what we can offer and be an answer to their prayers. Only then will we begin to live up to our potential, be successful and experience a sense of fulfillment.


I have gifts that were bestowed upon me by the Universe, and it is my responsibility to express and share them. When others criticize, are jealous or hostile, it’s their issue, not mine. By expressing my talents and abilities, and allowing others to know about them, I’m fulfilling my potential. It’s now safe for me to be visible. I now gratefully accept compliments, acknowledgement and recognition. I let my light shine into the world.

Copyright 2007, 2015 Linda Ann Stewart
All Rights Reserved

Feb 262015

Here are some articles I found interesting and wanted to share.
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How your brain can heal itself
Groundbreaking research offers new hope for people with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and more. What they’ve discovered about the brain is remarkable. One of the subjects used imagery to retrain his brain and manage his pain. This is a technique I’ve used with pain management clients and it works. This and other treatments they cover give lots of hope for brain issues.

8 Toxic Personalities to Avoid
We all have been exposed to toxic people in our lives. I’ve encountered most of the personalities on this list and have let them leave my life. This article helps to identify them and what they’re doing so you can make rational decisions for your own well being.

Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks
If you needed anymore evidence that meditation is important, this article will convince you. For only an average of 27 minutes per day for 8 weeks, participants practiced mindfulness exercises. In that time, they experienced a major increase in gray matter density in the hippocampus. This is the part of the brain associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. They also had reduced stress and anxiety.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

Feb 172015

Most people are afraid of asking for what they want because they don’t want to be turned down. But then they waste time waiting and wondering if they’ll ever get it. Being clear and being specific in asking for what you want is the fastest way to get there. Learn why asking for what you want is so important.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart