Experience Life magazine

Sep 16

WHAT IS YOUR “STUFF” SAYING TO YOU?Different kinds of clutter signify different emotional messages. Here are a few of the most common.
Piles of Other People’s StuffYou may have trouble setting boundaries, saying no and protecting your own energy reserves. Set time limits for storing other people’s belongings, if you’re going to store them at all, and be firm.Excessive Reminders of the PastYou might have a tendency to blame the past for your current situation, or to think your best days are behind you. Try letting go of any object — however lovely or sentimental — if looking at it disturbs you or brings you down.Rarely Used or Never-Been-Used ItemsStacks of unopened or unused items can signal “just in case” thinking, and a lack of trust in the future. They can also signal an aspiration to do or be something you’re not. Make a realistic assessment, then either use or dispense with whatever your “wish self” is hanging on to.Unfinished ProjectsHalf-completed paintings and half-finished remodels can suggest an unsustainable perfectionism, and may provoke a sense of failure. Take stock of all the projects you currently have “in process.” Then be willing to let go, clean up and move on.

WHAT IS YOUR “STUFF” SAYING TO YOU?

Different kinds of clutter signify different emotional messages. Here are a few of the most common.

Piles of Other People’s Stuff
You may have trouble setting boundaries, saying no and protecting your own energy reserves. Set time limits for storing other people’s belongings, if you’re going to store them at all, and be firm.

Excessive Reminders of the Past
You might have a tendency to blame the past for your current situation, or to think your best days are behind you. Try letting go of any object — however lovely or sentimental — if looking at it disturbs you or brings you down.

Rarely Used or Never-Been-Used Items
Stacks of unopened or unused items can signal “just in case” thinking, and a lack of trust in the future. They can also signal an aspiration to do or be something you’re not. Make a realistic assessment, then either use or dispense with whatever your “wish self” is hanging on to.

Unfinished Projects
Half-completed paintings and half-finished remodels can suggest an unsustainable perfectionism, and may provoke a sense of failure. Take stock of all the projects you currently have “in process.” Then be willing to let go, clean up and move on.

Sep 15

Kale, Four Ways.Incredibly versatile, kale varieties can be used interchangeably in most recipes, including these classic, easy preparations from Chef Cary Neff.

Kale, Four Ways.

Incredibly versatile, kale varieties can be used interchangeably in most recipes, including these classic, easy preparations from Chef Cary Neff.

If you live in the United States, there’s more than a 90 percent chance that BPA is already in your bloodstream. Tips for reducing your exposure.

If you live in the United States, there’s more than a 90 percent chance that BPA is already in your bloodstream. Tips for reducing your exposure.

Sep 12

When a beloved animal companion dies, runs away, or is lost, the grief can be overwhelming. How to cope with losing a pet.

When a beloved animal companion dies, runs away, or is lost, the grief can be overwhelming. How to cope with losing a pet.

Sep 10

Are you a guy who wants to try a yoga or Pilates class, but a lot of these classes are attended almost exclusively by women. How to Overcome Your Yoga Class Jitters.

Are you a guy who wants to try a yoga or Pilates class, but a lot of these classes are attended almost exclusively by women.

How to Overcome Your Yoga Class Jitters.

Sep 05

The Enneagram can help us understand why each of us deals with discord differently — and how we can find common ground. Click on the circles in the interactive image above to learn more about the nine personality types.
Read more about the Enneagram in “Peace Through Personality.”

The Enneagram can help us understand why each of us deals with discord differently — and how we can find common ground. Click on the circles in the interactive image above to learn more about the nine personality types.

Read more about the Enneagram in “Peace Through Personality.”

Sep 03

A new study suggests that precommitment is more powerful than willpower when it comes to beating temptation.

A new study suggests that precommitment is more powerful than willpower when it comes to beating temptation.

Sep 02

Hunching over personal electronics can wreak havoc on your posture. The tendency to slouch forward is made even worse by the popularity of laptops, tablets, and technology that encourages people to look down, says Paul Drew, DPT, author of Red Carpet Posture.
Two exercises to help undo damage of poor posture.

Hunching over personal electronics can wreak havoc on your posture. The tendency to slouch forward is made even worse by the popularity of laptops, tablets, and technology that encourages people to look down, says Paul Drew, DPT, author of Red Carpet Posture.

Two exercises to help undo damage of poor posture.

Aug 28

Find Your Fitness Passion
Not wild about working out? Maybe you just haven’t found the right activities for you. Here’s how to start falling in love with physical activity.

Find Your Fitness Passion

Not wild about working out? Maybe you just haven’t found the right activities for you. Here’s how to start falling in love with physical activity.

Aug 26

Need a “Same-Day Mood Boost?” Recent study finds increasing your level of physical activity, even just a little, can improve your overall life satisfaction — and it can do so almost immediately.

Need a “Same-Day Mood Boost?” Recent study finds increasing your level of physical activity, even just a little, can improve your overall life satisfaction — and it can do so almost immediately.