I do believe it’s true that some stress is motivating and propels us to improve our lives from a place of enthusiasm. Then again, that’s not what I feel most of the time. If stress is knocking at my door, it’s usually the kind that inhibits my capacity for positive transformation. I begin to feel […]
This grief poem pays homage to the journey of continuing to live and seeking answers while keeping the sacred secrets that only the heart could hold. Though we may feel consumed by the losses we bear, there’s something still to live for: what we might find in the depths of despair. Maybe, it’s a way out […]
For me, having a spiritual practice isn’t so much about the form the practice takes (because that could be anything, really). If there’s anything I practice ritualistically, it’s trying to be as open to the questions as I am to the answers; there’s just so much I don’t know, so how can I embrace the […]
We can practice gratitude when we’re stirring a pot of soup or looking into someone’s eyes, brushing our teeth or looking up at the sky. Documenting what we’re thankful for is a wise habit if we’d like to be happier people, but there are other options for when the pen just isn’t speaking to you (if […]
Self-compassion can be both a grand gesture of acceptance and a seemingly trivial display of respect. With time, self-compassion (a branch of self-love, which is a branch of real love) begins to encompass everything and permeate everything, impacting how we treat others and how we view our roles in the world. What self-compassion means to […]
Of course, we don’t love what we’re healing from, but the healing process itself offers a smorgasbord of serendipities that include grace, mercy, joy, companionship, unconditional love, and authenticity. There’s something worth stumbling upon here. Here’s what I’m doing to heal consciously, with as much of those forgiving qualities as possible.
Judgment is exhausting. All the energy we spend on judging could be spent on feeling good and making a positive difference. These affirmations take the focus off of what the other person is doing and places it back on our own power: What can we do right now to role model peace? If you release […]