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I had a dream a few nights ago that my dog died, and no one cared. I woke up crying and my dog came to my bedside and rested his head on my arm. I couldn’t stop crying. It made me realize how much I really love him, and how he has been there for me through thick and thin the past 5 years. In that moment of delusion, it felt like my dog had really died. Just thinking about his passing someday makes me tear up.

He was there when I graduated with my Masters degree.

He was there…


Evoking Gratitude Through Interconnectedness

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Gratitude is a powerful tool to living a more meaningful life. I’ll start this story off with one of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite persons,

“If you are grateful for what you have, you will be given more to be grateful for.”- Jay Shetty

The simple practice of being grateful for what we have can shift our mindsets and transform our lives. When we focus on what we have, instead of what we do not have, it can take our thinking from negative to positive. When we start to think more positively we…


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I’m still feeling the leftover mess inside of me. I’m on-guard, not knowing who I can trust, watching my every word and movement. I feel out of place at my new agency because everyone around me is happy and I’m not used to it anymore. It’s like I’m waiting for something to boil over, for someone to express dissatisfaction, for shit to hit the fan. I can actually feel this negative energy in me that needs to be released, like I can scream into a pillow like an angry teenager, mad at the world.

It wasn’t always like this. I…


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A Story About a Man Who Was Forced to “Find Humility”

I bet we’ve all heard that word, but what does it actually mean and how on earth do you describe it? I’ll make an attempt at explaining humility through a personal story.

I first heard of the term when I bought a former lover, a beautiful wooden hand-carved compassion mantra, made by Tibetan Buddhists. I bought it from this sacred magical store called Green Design, that is full of plants, free-roaming birds, jewels, fountains, singing bowls, and many items for spiritual practices. I was given information on the meaning…

Samantha Arreola

Just a therapist sharing stories of healing and hoping to evoke more consciousness.

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