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A practice to reclaim yourself

Today, I am sharing powerful tools that help me in my daily practice. A couple of years ago I cam across the teachings of Karla MacLaren.

Karla McLaren, M.Ed., is an award-winning author, empathy expert, and founder of Emotion Dynamics Inc. Her work centers on a grand unified theory of emotions, emphasizing self-awareness, communication, and empathy.

By incorporating them into your daily routine, you can be able to navigate challenges with resilience and embrace opportunities with confidence. I believe that by utilizing these tools consistently, anyone can enhance their lives and unlock their full potential. Let's explore these transformative tools together and empower ourselves to reach new heights.

This is Karla MacLaren's original post. Enjoy!

Burning Contracts helps you let go of unworkable things

Because emotions carry such vital messages, I created the Empathic Mindfulness practices to help you learn to work with them, these skills rely on your ability to work in the imaginal realm, which isn’t something you make up; rather, it’s the place where your creativity comes from.

In the imaginal realm, you create music, art, dreams, ideas, and sudden inspirations — and all of these recruit and rely upon your emotional and empathic abilities.

In this work, we learn to rely on our imaginal abilities so that we can work with our emotions in new ways.

How to separate yourself from an idea or behavior

This following practice helps you approach your behaviors and attitudes as decisions or agreements you made, instead of concrete traits that you cannot change.

We call these agreement contracts, because they basically act that way — as if you signed on some imaginal dotted line.

In the Empathic Mindfulness contract called Burning Contracts, you get to rescind old agreements and free yourself from ideas, behaviors, and attitudes that don’t work for you any longer (if they ever did).

The Gifts of Burning Contracts

Behavioral change ~ Emotional healing ~ Self-restoration

When you can view your behaviors not as life sentences, but as decisions you made, then you can choose to support or release those decisions.

If you’ve got trouble with certain emotions, you can burn your behavioral contracts with those emotions and restore your emotional flow.

If you’re unhappy with one of your behaviors, you can burn your contracts with it and free yourself from its clutches.

If you’re unable to function in relationships, you can burn your contracts with those relationships – not to end them, but to reorganize the behaviors that control your interactions with others.

And this practice is portable!

You can burn contracts at any time, and in any place. No one needs to know you’re doing it. This is a fully portable, emotionally welcoming process that was created for people with busy lives; it can be used whenever and wherever you like.

Burning your contracts – because it relies on the imaginal and emotive language the psyche likes best – will move you to a new place in consciousness.

Burning your contracts can set you free.

In conclusion:

Empathy and mindfulness serve as steadfast companions, nurturing profound connections and illuminating the path towards emotional intelligence and human unity.

Delve into the depths of your being, shedding old layers and embracing the transformative voyage that sculpts the remarkable individual you are destined to become. By learning from your past and embracing self-compassion, you gracefully surmount obstacles with resilience and authenticity.

Embrace the spectrum of your experiences, each shade a brushstroke on the canvas of your life's masterpiece, empowering you to live genuinely and cultivate a network of connections with the world around you.

With Love,

Gabriela Ana

Holistic Health Coach


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