It’s easy to declare “I am grateful!” when life is obviously going very well and looks blessed from all angles. How could we possibly be grateful for everything, though—the lows, the “bad,” the mistakes and failures, the pain and suffering? We’re bound to experience all sorts of resistance to gratitude during more difficult experiences, but […]
The true healing power of forgiveness resides within, dormant until we consciously awaken its potential. Forgiveness brings many things, but above all it releases others from our ropes, releasing us from having to drag around the weight of every attack. Yes, the choice to forgive is a conscious, ongoing process—not usually brief. The longer we […]
One of the greatest struggles you may ever face is the challenge to love yourself just as you are. To some it comes easier, but for many of us it’s not a piece of cake (though it can bring so much sweetness into our lives, if we just vow to keep showing up for ourselves). […]
Try to be happy for this moment (because this moment is your life), but if you can’t enjoy what’s happening or what you’re doing, try even harder to accept what is. Acceptance of the present moment elicits a certain peace, and brings consciousness to life—with that, we contribute something new to this experience.
Sincere gratitude generates more to be grateful for. This appreciation poem is a kind of ode to the transformations we go through that lead us through our suffering to a deeper experience of being alive, to abundant life.
I am healing with joy, and you can too. I’ve found that when I tap into the energy of joy in simple ways–with laughter, lightheartedness, gratitude, compassion–suffering gives way to healing.
Possibly the quickest way to feel better when you feel bad is to give what you can, where you can. Giving makes you feel good, because in a spiritual sense, you get what you give; what you see in the world outside of you is a reflection of what you have given.