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Experts warn that the mental health tsunami beginning to hit us now will be even more long-term and devastating than COVID-19.

Heavy breathing, heart beating fiercely, a terrible feeling of suffocation, chest tightness shifting from one side to another. No idea what’s wrong. Still on my back making futile attempts to regulate my breathing and relax. These anxiety attacks usually strike at night just before bed, sometimes even in the middle of the day. These bouts are becoming stronger and more frequent to the point they have literally become an integral part of my essence.

Where is this coming from? What’s causing all this? Concerns rise one after the other — the economic situation, my parents (“What if, G-d forbid, the…


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My personal desires and those of my family for all kinds of outside enjoyments, entertainment, and activities used to keep me running constantly to earn enough money to sustain the busy and complex life we had built. Life before coronavirus seemed full of abundant opportunity and time to advance by trial and error, adjusting my course as I went. I never imagined that my life could change so completely and suddenly.

The coronavirus struck like a lightning-bolt out of the blue and overturned the whole game board, and my family discovered something very interesting. The sudden crisis highlighted and underscored…


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By going through the experience of having all external distractions and concerns taken off the table suddenly, we took the full flavor of our relationships into heart and mind and tasted their sweetness for the first time.

My personal desires and those of my family for all kinds of outside enjoyments, entertainment, and activities used to keep me running constantly to earn enough money to sustain the busy and complex life we had built. The coronavirus struck like a lightening bolt out of the blue and overturned the whole game board, and my family discovered something very interesting.

Fast-forward two months into the quarantine and take a look at the striking changes in me, my family relations, and our worldview. Unintentionally and without forethought, the intensity of our craving for diversions, amusement, and recreation has fallen remarkably…


“A concern in one’s heart, let him speak of it with others.” (Talmud, Yomah)

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I want to share my personal practice for refining the troubled thoughts that pile up inside my mind during the day into gems of personal growth.

There is rarely a day that doesn’t present me with changes that appear as obstacles to the smooth forward momentum of my plans and vision. These stumbling blocks come in all shapes and sizes. By the end of the day, frustrations and worries, the dross of the day, can overwhelm the mind and threaten to sink my mood and will…


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I am sick with an autoimmune disease called colitis where the body attacks the lining of the colon. I take medication for it every day. If I caught the coronavirus, I am part of the high-risk population.

My body actually “gets confused” and attacks itself all the time, recruiting all the strongest defenses at its disposal to go to war for its life and survival against its own vital organs such as the kidneys, heart… In my case, my body attacks the intestines.

I also “get confused” just like my body and will use all my strength to survive, even…


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From our life experience, it is natural to perceive the coronavirus pandemic as a catastrophe — a disease that threatens us and destroys our way of life. We see only negative effects because we’ve never seen lasting positive changes in our reality — the good times end and everything eventually degrades and decays. We are born and enjoy a short period of hopeful youth only to realize that we are caught in a downward spiral of problems, disappointments, and disease until we finally die. As we observe human behavior and learn the history of mankind, we see that the world…


“The coronavirus came like the key to a portal outside the limitations of my previous boundaries and prior level of existence to a whole new world of relationship.”

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“Wow, corona!” I didn’t think the virus would reach me! On my way to class an hour ago, I received a message from my student. “My parents returned from Europe yesterday and by law they are now in isolation. So, I don’t think we can do a lesson tomorrow.”

I wasn’t quite sure how to process the situation and started sharing the message with friends to check their reactions. They progressively ran…


How to Make High-Consciousness Love: Part Two

[Also read — How to Make High-Consciousness Love: Part One]

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Here is your step by step guide for creating perpetual high-consciousness love in your couple relationship using the Dialogue Circle tool. This article is the practical application of the principles described in How to Make High-Consciousness Love: Part One.

Step 1: The Changing Landscape of Desires

As was discussed at greater length in How to Make High-Consciousness Love: Part One, your life is a progression of evolving desires. …


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Also read: How to Make High-Consciousness Love: Part Two — 5 Steps to High-Consciousness Love

Part One

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. “ — Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

How many millions of articles have been written about how to find and keep love? Why should you read one more? Because this two-part article is different from all the rest. It presents a method and tool to perpetually renew your love relationship that actually works. Do yourself a favor.

Humans love love. The #1 most used hashtag online is #love. Our…


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Tell me: On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you? What is the main thing preventing you from feeling 10-Star happiness? Your answer reveals just where your life is fractured right now.

You may be thinking that it’s one thing to know why you’re unhappy but quite another to change your life. There is a way to change everything that’s faster and easier than you could imagine. Input your problem into a tool called The Dialogue Circle and what comes out is a transformed perception of your reality.

Here’s a sketch of how it works: the Dialogue…

Benzion Giertz, PhD

Creator of CIRCULAR DIALOGUE METHOD for optimal social intelligence in any life setting or social issue. Research Program Manager & Chief Editor, ARI Institute.

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