Our culture loves a quick fix. Conditioned by an educational system to become gold-star addicted, our self-worth is attached to achievement. Our medical system seeks to eradicate symptoms instead of investigating root causes, teaching us to reach for medication to solve everything from headaches to anxiety. So, it’s no surprise we sometimes start to think happiness is a result of chasing the carrot, and change is a result of following prescriptions.

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But it’s not true. Real, sustainable change comes from nourishing our physical bodies, learning to process our thoughts effectively, and attending to our emotional lives with compassion. In other words, lasting change happens when we adopt a holistic approach to healing—one that requires daily commitment and a true desire to engage with the ongoing, multifaceted, mysterious, and ever-changing cycles of our lives.

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