“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” ~Pema Chodron Pop spirituality and our cultural attitude would have you think it best to banish negativity from your life. Give it the quarantine treatment until it gets better and can rejoin our
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ~Patrick Rothfuss Who am I? I believe this is one of the hardest questions we can ever answer. I began to ponder this tough question
“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh “Mom’s concentrating,” I tell my kids as I clean up after dinner. I suggest a game to keep them occupied. “How many words start with A?” As I inspect the crumbs under the kickboard, I pay just enough attention to hear them play
“You’re too fat to wear that tight shirt to the gym.” “You’re not smart enough to take the lead on that project at work.” “You’re definitely going to screw up the vacation plans.” “You’re not good enough, cool enough, likable enough.” “You suck.” If we talked like this to anyone, it would be considered bullying.
“When you find no solution to a problem, it’s probably not a problem to be solved, but a truth to be accepted.” ~Unknown For the longest time, I swore I’d never get married or have kids. Growing up with an alcoholic father, in a domestic violence situation, shattered my young spirit and left me putting
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” ~Yogi Bhajan For years, I avoided travel. Just the thought of leaving home made me anxious. I dreaded the crowds, the confusion, and the sense of disconnection from both my daily routine and my spiritual practice. Over time, I came up with some great reasons not
“Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.” ~Brené Brown Do you have the courage to love yourself and set the boundaries you need? For years I didn’t, and wondered why my life didn’t work. I didn’t really understand what boundaries were or why I
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~Brian Tracy I’m a fool. Well, it’s more accurate to say I’ve been a fool often, and I’m ashamed. My life, no different from many, has had some successes but also
Recently I’ve been spread incredibly thin and, at times, I’ve felt stressed to the max. In addition to being at the tail end of a high-risk pregnancy, with complications, I’ve been working toward various new projects—not just for fulfillment but also because I’ve allowed the business side of running this site to slide for years.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~Marcus Aurelius I’ve come to realize that worrying and obsessing don’t help or change anything. Hold up. Wait a minute! Let me rephrase that, because worrying and obsessing do change things. They make your life worse.